Now that the backyard is done (or almost done), I have more list.
There is always more list.
I affectionately call this one my “hysto-list.” There are lots of things to do for a hystolist, like make a “hystobag,” for the hospital and other such things. So, here’s what I’m doing in my preparation:
-”Hysto”Clean. Dude, I can’t seem to get the energy up to do this one. I’m sitting here writing instead. I really do hate cleaning. If I call it “hystoclean” perhaps that can light a fire under me? That’s rhetorical.
-As mentioned, get my hystobag ready. Not the technical term here but there is a list of stuff to bring to the surgery that I found on www.hystersisters.com which is very helpful. The name “Hyster Sisters” makes me laugh but the website has truly been a God send to me. There is a forum and a section for every type of hysterectomy, including The Cansuh kind. It is comforting to read these things because I am definitely not alone and also they give me ideas for questions I need to ask that I would have never in a million years thought to ask. Also I read one person welcoming another by saying, “Welcome to the club no one wants to join!” And that made me laugh too because it’s totally true. She sounds like my kind of people. Also helpful is the list for things to bring to the hospital with you, and this includes things like granny panties, pads, comfy jammies, t-shirt that says, “I’m Blogging This” which I have being created for me right now, and also, iPod with a hystoplaylist. (I added those last ones. Yes I’ll be making a hystoplaylist.)
-Go food shopping for the family for this weekend and next week’s lunches before we get all the food colorings and preservatives back into the house because I haven’t done the food shopping.
-This week I had to make a living will. Wah wahhhh. (Debbie downer.) I have always been meaning to make one and take it from me, it is so much better to have already made one just to have one than to be sitting here making one in case you need one. So do yourself a favor and go make one if you haven’t, mkay? Otherwise, making one when you are already scared about the could-be’s could really upset you. Just saying. Anyhoo, I created one off of a website that covers both Catholics and Florida (combo platter!) Now I have to have it notarized.
-Make a list of more words I can add “hysto” to. This is really fun! My patio will be the “hystoporch.” My bed will be the “hystobed.” I have hystojammies ready. Ooh, I KNOW! I could name my hystoplaylist my HYSTOJAM! (If I write you all a letter, can we call it a hystogram? *snicker*) Tonight or tomorrow night, after my family descension upon me begins, we will go out and have “hystodrinks” (alternate name: “Cansuh Party,” though my sister didn’t find that funny.)
-Talk to the kids. Tonight is going to be the talk. I have decided to be very vague yet honest. They are, after all, only 4 & 6. So the technical term I shall use is “booboo” and the doctor is going to take the booboo out. That should work, right? I’ll let you know tomorrow how that went.
-Friday I’ve affectionately nicknamed, “Poo Friday.” I think the technical term is “bowel prep” but you get the picture. I am on all clear liquids except for a delicious cocktail of Ducolax and Miralax (YUM!) which will cause me to, ahem, not want to venture far from my house on Friday ever. Note: Tequila does not count as “clear liquid.” I asked.
Other fun facts:
- Did you know I can’t wear makeup in surgery? Boooo. I will wear lipgloss anyway. I wear that for everything.
- The surgery will take 6 hours and I go in at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. YIPPEEE! A NAP! I never get naps.
- I am allowed to have Xanax before the surgery. Which I fully intend on taking them up on.
- It’s called a da Vinci surgery, which is minimally invasive. The first time he asked me if I knew about it I said I hadn’t except for that fine ad he had on the back of the bathroom door. Which is where I first learned about it. He mentioned he should take that down, but I appreciated the head’s up.
- The recovery will be very c-section-like. About 6 weeks with very little lifting in the first two and no driving, hence, the loose, yet very pretty, hystojammies.
- Marvel’s The Avengers comes out Friday.
Tomorrow, my son has a follow-up with a neurologist about his tic. That is a separate post, I’ll tell you about it tomorrow.
I do have to say that the HysterSisters were right about the phases you go through mentally. Although I am still very emotional, getting this list ready and especially my music list has been very cathartic. I feel like I am almost ready to kick some ass. As in, my focus face comes on and Linkin Park enters my head and I get fired up.
This is usually what happens in the last phase of emotions:
“5) Acceptance – I will fight this with everything I’ve got in me.”
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