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Unread 05-27-2005, 12:53 PM
2 Weeks and Counting

Hello All,
Well 2 weeks until my trip to the castle and boy am I excited. I am so ready to say good-bye to my old torture life and hello sunshiney day. After 10 years of fibroids, cysts, blocked tubes, adhesions, pain and lest we not forget the hemoraging I am looking forward to a second chance.

I am a little nervous. After all, this is major surgery. I have had my share of those. (5 in the last 7 years). My biggest fear is what is going to happen while I can't play wonder woman!! My husband is a great guy, but needless to say, he is no Betty Crocker. And the thought of spending six weeks eating fast food, well.... makes me kind of ill thinking about it. The last time I had surgery, abdominal myomectomy, I was in the kitchen cooking for his kids one day out of the hospital. I know, probably not the smartest thing to do. I guess I should have been training him earlier. Man does he have it made. That guy does not do much around the house, neither do his kids (previous marriage). Is it too late to retrain them?

So gals, please share with me some ideas on how to get through this. I need to pull from your streangths and experience.

New Hope
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Unread 05-27-2005, 12:59 PM
2 Weeks and Counting

I premade some dinners and put them in the freezer. There are some good ones in the hyster recipe section. Lunchmeat is a great thing to have in the house also. Good luck!
Unread 05-27-2005, 01:57 PM
2 Weeks and Counting

I spent about a week before surgery making "double dinners". If I made a meatloaf, I made a second one at the same time and after baking it went into the freezer. Same with a lasagna and a couple of different casseroles. I also bought a roast that was HUGE compared to what the three of us in my house would normally eat and as soon as it was cool, I sliced half of it and divided it into some big storage bags for the freezer. (hot roast beef sandwich.. YUM!)

Not that my DH doesn't cook - if you can grill it, he'll do it - but since he was working full time AND trying to take care of me, I wanted to make things as simple as possible. I didn't want him hanging out in the kitchen or on the back patio all night instead of spoiling me.

I also checked the deli at my local grocery store for easy to pick up alternatives. Then I gave the list to my DH so he had some ideas on nights that he didn't want to heat up something I'd frozen. They have a pretty good deal with a rotisserie chicken and two deli salads there which is tasty and not fast food-y. Our meat department does a few prepared things that you just bring home and cook in the oven, like stuffed pork chops or fresh meatballs. Those are fairly simple, have the directions right on the package, and even most non-Betty Crocker guys can make some instant potatoes and heat up frozen veggies to go with.
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Unread 05-27-2005, 02:00 PM
2 Weeks and Counting

Oh... how old are the kids? Big enough to load the dishwasher? Big enough to at least carry the laundry to the washer for you and dump it in if you work the knobs and put in the soap? Big enough to see whether the one running the vacuum can be done before the kid that is in charge of taking out the trash or the one that is dusting the furniture with socks on both hands?

OK so their beds probably won't get made and their play clothes may not be perfect matches but even pre-schoolers can get into helping around the house if you make a game of it.
Unread 05-27-2005, 02:58 PM
2 Weeks and Counting

Good luck New Hope I am having my LAVH on 6-9-05 will be thinking of you

Unread 05-28-2005, 01:37 AM
2 Weeks and Counting

Thanks to every one for all the great ideas. I have been up cleaning all night (currently 12:30 am) and had to wrestle DH from computer to get in a little reading here.

I am still a little overwhelmed, but this too shall pass. My husband and I are going out on a dinner cruise tomorrow, that should be nice. I need a little relaxation like that every once in a while. I get rather stressed out working, taking care of husband and his kids, as well as taking care of my parents.:hair:

This sight and all of the sisters have been so helpful. I know everything is going to be fine. It is so reassuring to know other women out there are feeling the same way I am right now.

Thank you for the well wishes, as well.
Unread 05-28-2005, 01:46 AM
2 Weeks and Counting

Oh, by the way. The kids are 9 and 11. Boys fully able to help, but hopelessly addicted to video games.
Unread 05-28-2005, 12:35 PM
2 Weeks and Counting

Ooooo.. buy a set of poker chips or some other easily counted token. For every 30 minutes they spend helping, or for every time they go above and beyond helping you in some situation(like a tip!), give them a token. The can cash it in later for 30 minutes of video game!

They can't spend the ENTIRE summer in front of the playstation, can they?

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