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What are you doing to pass the time? What are you doing to pass the time?

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Unread 06-18-2002, 11:58 PM
What are you doing to pass the time?

I have under a week now to wait!!! I am trying to stay busy. I have 4 kids and I am spending some one on one time each day with each kid. I am loving it! It is so good for them too. I thought it would be a great way to spend my last week before surgery. This weekend we will have a yard sale and hubby and I will celebrate our 10th anniversary(a few days early). What kinds of things are you all doing to pass the time before your surgery? I'm trying not to go nuts waiting. I've been waiting since January and this last week, I can tell, is going to be one of the hardest weeks of my life!!!
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Unread 06-19-2002, 12:24 AM
What are you doing to pass the time?

Okay I have slept a few nights since then (hehe.. kinda insomniac here if you can't tell from the time I am posting this LOL) but I'll try to remember what I did to pass the time when I had my surgery!

I think you are on the right track though. Spending time with your children and/or family IS a great way to spend your last week (or weeks) before surgery! Yardsale and anniversary should help keep you busy also.

Some things I did were pretty much the same- spending time with family and making sure as much as I could possibly do before the surgery was done- so that I would have the least amount of things to do after the surgery.. to get as much rest afterwards as possible. (ps. I have 3 young children also). I did things like washing every stitch of clothing, setting things out for days in case I ended up in surgery for days because my husband can't dress my kids except for clown school or something. LOL And don't even START me on how he ruins clothes if he washes them. LOL Making sure the house was as clean as possible -so I wouldn't be tempted to clean after the surgery for awhile atleast. You might also want to prepare meals and freeze them to make things easier on yourself after the surgery. (hopefully you are able to have help from your husband or someone else after the surgery, some of us aren't so lucky about that though. I found preparing meals to be the hardest thing for me to do so preparing ahead helped and then my church also helped for 2wks bringing supper to us. What a Godsend that was! )

You know... things like that. I had the bills paid, checkbook balanced, caught up on emails (hahaha), oh and I even bought some new little (inexpensive) toys for the kids- to use as bribes to keep them busy when times came up where I needed to rest and they were all hyper. Sometimes something new is all that will keep their interest for awhile. New videos (Disney and such) helped also although I'm not sure the ages of your children. Some new books helped also because that is something I could do with them afterwards while still resting- reading to them.

Oh I'm sure I can think of some more but I'm sure you get the jist of what I mean. I found it was easier to not get worried and anxious (atleast not as much as I might have) if I kept myself busy preparing for "after" the surgery BEFORE the surgery.

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