I will be in the hospital for less than 36 hours hopefully. My last hospital experience was 9 years ago when I gave birth to ChatterBox and was in a Quebec hospital – socialized medicine is very different. They give you NOTHING.
So, will the hospital provide anything, or do I have to bring basics like toothpaste? What else should I pack other than eyeliner and phone-charger?
Surgery will be at 7.30 am on Monday the 12th.
We have to be at the hospital for 6 am. I am to be un-caffeinated. Surgery shouldn’t take much more than 90 minutes.
Glad to have a time and to know I will be well on the road to recovery in less than 72 hours.
Here follows an actual text conversation with my girlie Melissa:
Melissa: Just read your last blog post. Word from your sister: give up the C word for the next 6 weeks…. 10:40 AM
Me: why? 10:41 AM
Melissa: Bc you will drive yourself crazy trying. The only control you can have is to follow doctors orders and take your meds…. Not the amt you want 10:44 AM
Me: oh L-rd I thought you meant coffee…. 10:45 AM
Melissa: Oh no hahaha! Coffee away 😉 10:45 AM
Me: I am SOOOO blogging this. Laughing so hard… 10:46 AM
The Doc has put me on prednisone (steroids) before the surgery. He mentioned side effects of moodiness and did say that they could make me psychotic.
My emotions feel like a metronome. One minute I am fine the next I am a big weepy mess, the kids ask me one question and I blow up – and it’s almost like I can see it happening but there is NOTHING I can do to stop myself.
It’s bad enough that I am in pain and cranky from that – regularly cranky Ima they can deal with. But this wild woman? I don’t want to be that person. I know it’s the medication, and I know I need to explain that to the boys. But that’s almost as if I am allowing myself to go off my head because, well, I can’t control it.
Bleargh – I think I am just going to hide away till I am on a lower dose.
I joked about live tweeting my surgery. Well, I will be under anesthetic so unable to tweet. However several interested parties have mentioned that they wonder how long it will be until I tweet / FB etc after surgery.
Now I did verify that there is WiFi (free even) at the hospital, and I can also use my smartphone in certain areas of the hospital.
So – a 90 minute surgery, under general anesthetic. How long will I stay off the interwebz?