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Unread 04-18-2008, 05:40 PM
Smartest thing I've every done, or dumbest?

hey you may know, I'm a lawyer, practicing on my own. So I'm more than a bit concerned about what the recovery time out of the office is going to do to my practice. While I've arranged for someone to cover for me, if necessary, both my clients and I would rather have things done by me.

I'm looking at my appointment book...
My surgery is scheduled for Friday, May 2.
I have court appearances every morning that week, and I've got my hosp. pre-op, and my last haircut scheduled in the afternoons.

So give me a I going to be delighted that I've got myself that busy, or have I done the dumbest thing ever, by not allowing myself time to do whatever last minute things one needs to do?

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Unread 04-18-2008, 05:49 PM
Smartest thing I've every done, or dumbest?

Hi Laurie!

I led my life as typically as possible as my TAH/BSO approached, until one day beforehand when I had to do the yucky bowel prep. Staying busy "worked for me." I think it helped to be occupied so that I didn't think about the upcoming surgery so much. There weren't any unexpected last-minute matters that came up, either.

Many s and Best Wishes,
Unread 04-18-2008, 05:50 PM
Smartest thing I've every done, or dumbest?

Being busy is good. You won't have time to stress and obsess like I did. I took a week off to get as much household stuff done as possible before the big day. As it turned out, I didn't have as much to do as I had I spent the last three days "what-if-ing" myself into a frenzy.
If you're going to "over-do" it now. And then take your recovery slow and easy.
Best wishes!!
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Unread 04-18-2008, 05:59 PM
Smartest thing I've every done, or dumbest?

hope you're right!! I can't afford to take a week off, but this is more booked than I usually am...typically I have more time in the office.

Fortunately, I don't have to do the yucky bowel prep...and as I'm looking things over, technically, I could probably leave the office early afternoon on Thursday...after all, not really much I can accomplish at that point, anyway. And I suspect that by then, I'll be so wired, I won't be worth talking to!
Unread 04-18-2008, 06:09 PM
Smartest thing I've every done, or dumbest?

Like Bizet, I kept the same routine as usual the week of my surgery. The only "weird" feeling was that, on Friday, I felt as if I was leaving for a vacation! LOL!
Unread 04-18-2008, 06:09 PM
Smartest thing I've every done, or dumbest?

My surgery is scheduled for May 7th. I plan to keep very busy until then. I think it will be a good thing. I am working, trying to prepare some meals ahead for the freezer and trying to prepare somewhat of a "haven" for myself after surgery. (With 7 people in my household, a Great Dane and a rabbit, I have my work cut out for me! Just kidding, my kids are old enough to help instead of needing cared for. So, it shouldn't be too bad.) I do not plan on rushing my recovery at all.
Unread 04-18-2008, 06:18 PM
Smartest thing I've every done, or dumbest?

I stayed with my regular schedule through Sunday before my Tuesday surgery. (I work two jobs, 7 days/week). On Monday, I got some last-minute errands done, began the bowel prep and did some work from home. That worked fine for me, although I only got 4 hours of sleep Monday night because I had to be up at 4 a.m. But I'd so it the same way over again if I had to because in the end it worked out well.
Unread 04-18-2008, 06:21 PM
Smartest thing I've every done, or dumbest?

I agree I stayed "booked" all week. I did have the day off the thursday,as I had the pre-op testing, before my monday surgery. I worked everyday up until the day of surgery. I also agree it helped me not to dwell on the upcoming event. It sdoes help you in the long run to recover better knowing you didn't leave any chore undone. You will need to recover easily and without guilt, believe me. I am used to being extremely busy everyday from sunup to sundown, and I had to learn to slow it down and do nothing but recover. You gotta get it done right the first time, lol. People should understand about having surgery, and it's recovery time. It will always be there tomorrow, the work, I mean. Please don't question your decision on your medical needs. I did that for almost 13 years, it will just get worse in the end, and that won't help you in the least. Have a great evening, I hope your surgery goes well.
Unread 04-18-2008, 06:40 PM
Smartest thing I've every done, or dumbest?

I am run off my feet with shopping and painting and cleaning and errands and pre-op and work ... Calgon take me away! I am in a sick kind of way looking forward to relaxing after this surgery ... I will likely come back and edit this post when I get home from hospital in pain.

I am feeling sick to my tummy mind you ... nerves is all it is but it's getting in the way of my running around.

Laurie ... I think I am losing it because I just finished typing this post and then thought ... what was I responding to?

To answer your question ... I think being busy is better ... but that's just me.
Hugs all round!
Unread 04-18-2008, 06:52 PM
Smartest thing I've every done, or dumbest?

I worked too right up to my booked surgery on Feb 18 - plus whizzed around furiously at home, cleaning & cooking - but when my op was postponed to Feb 22, I went back to work. I had been worrying myself into a tizz despite being busy & the thought of sitting about for another 3 days worrying some more was too much !!!
Best to keep busy - lots of time for resting & thinking lots later
All the best Laurie, take care

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