7 Hours Till Surgery

I’m pretty tired but I have a feeling that I won’t sleep well tonight. I’m scheduled for surgery tomorrow morning at 8AM.  As soon as I finish up here I plan on taking a long hot shower, focusing on scrubbing and washing my leg, shaving my face, and then laying in the dark until I fall asleep.

Again, my wife has been SUPER supportive.  She has everything ready in the car tonight for the trip to the hospital.  We discussed the logistics of how and where I will land when I get home.  It’s between the couch in the living room right near the main entrance, or it’s the haul to the back of the house to the bedroom.  She spent the day going to get protein rich food for us to eat for the next several days. She and cooked a great dinner she made up of

I think I snapped at her a few times as she would talk to me because I was trying to finish up my work so I could put it down and start to unwind and get ready for my shower and then to bed. I can’t express how thankful I am to have her there to help me out.

I’ve gotten messages from my family wishing me luck and asking if my wife will keep them informed on my progress.  I swear I feel like this is a bigger deal than I know it should be.  This is my first surgery on anything mechanic like this.  I’ve had lithotripsy for kidney stones before, but I was rushed into the operating room so quickly that I didn’t have time to think about it.

I did have to stay up late to work on some documents for work tonight. My mind just wanders thinking about the surgery. I told my boss today in our weekly 1:1 conversation that this procedure has made me foggy all week. I haven’t been able to concentrate or stay focused while working from home.  I think once it’s done I will have a much better time of this.  I just want to get it over with.

I liken this to back when I played football in school.  The hours before the game were usually pretty tense. Hour upon hour the tension and anticipation grows until you are on the field in your uniform warming up.  You go through your first warm up drills and you get to bump helmets and pads.  It relieves some of the tension, but you don’t the full cathartic and visceral shift in your thoughts until that first hit in the game.  After that, it’s game on.

One Response to “7 Hours Till Surgery”

  1. Hope everything goes well with the op. I’m 24 wks post op tomorrow, so understand exactly how your feeling this evening. I’d never had any kind of surgery before, so was very apprehensive. My advice would be to keep accepting the pain relief post op and try to sleep as much as you can in the first few days, not easy, but your body needs it. It sounds easy to say now, but it really does improve, just give the tendon a chance to heal. Good luck and keep posting

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