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Unread 11-27-2004, 01:51 PM
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I'm scheduled for LAVH and possible BSO on Monday, bright and early. Not too nervous yet. Not looking forward to bowel prep and no food after 12 noon tomorrow, though. Today is the last "normal" day for me.

We've been remodeling and it has affected just about the entire house. I have furniture moved to wherever it would fit. Boxes all over the place. A thick layer of dust in every room.

The last of the dust-producing activities was just last Friday. I wanted to spend all of this past week relaxing and getting myself prepared for the castle visit, but instead I've been working like a fiend trying to tidy up as much as possible.

One good thing about the remodel is that it kept my mind off of my pending medical adventure. But so much is left undone. I had a big role in the remodel. We did almost all of the demo ourselves--took out walls, kitchen cabinets, laminate flooring, etc.

Today as DH and I were carrying the last big piece of furniture that will get moved before my surgery, I just burst into tears. "After Monday, I won't be able to do this for weeks, probably months," I sobbed.

There is still all of the painting to do, four rooms worth, and that won't happen until I'm up to it. The electrician asked me when we were going to get the kitchen ceiling painted (he's putting in recessed lights), and I said, "Well, I'm having surgery. Could be a year." At the time, I thought I was being dramatic, but really, who knows?

The worst part for me is that I'm going to be stuck at home with so much left undone. I can't wait until my house is put back together, and I just have regular housekeeping to do. But first, I will have to heal. I'll probably be posting from time to time just to get you all to sit on me and hold me back from doing too much too soon. Actually with my low tolerance for pain, and my background in healthcare, I probably won't be too bad a patient.

Take it easy, fellow Monday travelers. See you all on the post-op side!
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Unread 11-27-2004, 08:45 PM
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Hi winged_lion,

to Hyster Sisters!!

While I'm sorry that you are facing surgery, I am glad that you found HS and posted to introduce yourself. I'm exhausted just reading about all of your remodeling . But it sounds as if you really enjoy doing it, so we will probably have to send the pillow to your house occasionally!!

If you haven't already, please be sure to read the Pre-Op Hints and the Post-Op Hints. They are full of great advice.

You'll be in my thoughts and prayers for a successful and uneventful surgery and recovery.

Unread 11-27-2004, 11:49 PM
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Hi, "Winged Lion"! I'm a fellow "traveler" without nearly as much on my plate as you have. I'm lucky that I won't have to recover amidst chaos, but I'm fearful that the chaos at work may follow me home. My boss sent me an e-mail on Friday asking me to come into the office "for just one day" less than 2 weeks after my surgery. I wonder how often I'll hear something like that over the next six weeks? It's hard to go from doing so much to supposedly doing so little. But I guess we need to keep in mind that taking care of ourselves and making sure we heal is doing a LOT!!! And we're not just doing it for ourselves, 'cause if we heal well EVERYBODY is better off!

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Unread 11-28-2004, 10:17 AM
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Hi Karen, Thanks for the welcome!! I will check out the pre-op and post-op hints. I did find on another thread here that folks had posted a list of what they were taking with them. That was real helpful. I took notes and made a shopping trip for a couple things yesterday.

Hi Pam, Hmmm. I don't like the sounds of that. Any chance of pretending you never saw the e-mail? If you are not up to it, I hope you can tell them No. I'd worry that if you go in that soon, that they will think that you are fine to go in again. Don't push yourself, it really isn't worth it. No job should come before your health. Like you said, it is in their best interests to let you heal right, and then you'll be back to work, hopefully better than before. Good luck and hugs!

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