The last two weeks have been a mad dash to make sure that I’m as prepared as possible for this surgery tomorrow. Having no idea, what may actually happen or what he may find, I’m trying to be prepared for the worst (or at least prepared for the recovery it being as bad as it was last time). Granted, I’m hoping (and mildly confident) that it will be better. He’s using the Davinci Robot, and from what I’ve read it doesn’t make a lot of difference overall, but does seem to make the most difference where post-op pain is concerned. That gives me some hope that perhaps, that part will be better. They are already planning to keep me overnight, so we’ve got that part covered (no surprises, there). Of course, I’m constantly remembering one more thing I need to make sure I do before surgery. Whether it’s meet with my accountant to figure out some accounting issue that’s been plaguing me, get the plumber out here to fix an issue we’ve been putting off or just trying to make sure that I have a good supply of ready to eat food on hand.
You can see from the pictures here that when it comes to juicing, I’m prepared. Of course, it’s taken me the full 2 weeks to get all that made, by just making an extra juice (or 4) every time I’ve juiced. Of course, Friday, the new juicer I just bought like a month ago died on me. Of course, I couldn’t find the receipt. Luckily, I swung by Big Lots and found out that they now have 30 Day receipt look-up if you use their reward card (which I had). So, I was able to exchange the juicer and get it replaced right away, rather than having to send it in to Omega and let them either fix it or replace it. I’m a little paranoid about this juicer now, wondering if it’s going to be a problem, too. Paul talked to a guy he works with that juices and he highly recommended making the switch to a masticating juicer, something I’m seriously considering now. I did get my juice made, though, and I now have enough frozen Green Juice to make it 3 weeks without juicing (if need be).
I also found these great Go Picnic meals on Zulilly last month (and then they popped up again this month). They are gluten-free and you can get them gluten-free + Vegan. So, I went ahead ordered a couple of boxes of them from Amazon (even though they are a bit more on Amazon) just so I’d have them around. Paul had brought up that I’d had issues even eating in the hospital last time (he’d gone out and brought me in food), so I’d thought I’d just make up some Peanut Butter & Crackers and take some snack bars, but these Go Picnic boxes will be better and make our lives a little easier throughout the recovery; even though I typically avoid eating a lot of processed foods like this.
Lastly, I realized yesterday afternoon that I’d meant to make up a pot of Beef Veggie soup, so it would be available after we got me home. So, I had to run out and get everything I needed. I like to make a pot roast them make the soup from the left-overs, so we’ve had a pot roast cooking since yesterday that I likely won’t be eating any of. Even though, the Dr said I didn’t have to do any prep and simply just couldn’t eat after midnight (evidently, I’m a Gremlin), so I decided I’d stick to liquids after lunch in order to cut down somewhat on the possibility of a full colon getting in his way.
Every time I sit down I think of something else I probably should do, like packing my bag for the trip, or paying the mortgage before we leave. So many little things, but I think I’ve got them all covered now, as much as I can. There will be something that will come up, but I think I’m as prepared as I can be. We have to be in Birmingham a little after 9am tomorrow, which means leaving here by about 6:30. Hopefully, my next post will be full of great news of an easier recovery and he will find the source of this on-going abdominal pain and remove it.