Tomorrow, Leap Day 2012 I will not be at Walt Disney World with all of my friends enjoying One More Disney Day 🙁 Instead of having fun at the Happiest Place on Earth, I will be in the hospital having a hysterectomy. Back in October of 2010 I told you about my anemia diagnosis then last month I told you about my endometrial biopsy. So, the decision was made that even though there is no cancer, I will have a daVinci Hysterectomy on 2/29/12. We came to this decision because a) the alternative treatments only have a 50% success rate for taking care of my problem and b) at 47 years of age I don’t plan on having any other babies.
In all honesty, today is the day I have been dreading the most (sorry if this is gross-I’m just trying to share everything in hopes it helps someone else). Today is “Bowel Prep” day and these are my friends in the picture. Today I get a light breakfast before 9am then I start a clear liquid diet. No milk, juice with pulp, solid foods or anything red or purple! I have stocked up on chicken broth, lemon Jello, lime Jello, apple juice, water and lemon Italian Ice.
Then at 1:00pm the real fun begins with taking 2 of the laxatives. Then at 3:00pm I need to start drinking 1 8oz glass of clear liquids with 17g of Miralax in it. I need to repeat this every 15-20 minutes until I have had 10 glasses!! I’m not sure if I will survive this. Then at 8:00pm I take 2 more laxatives and at bedtime I use the enema and take 2 high dose antibiotics. Then…I’m supposed to get a good night’s sleep? I will probably spend from about 6:00pm on in the bathroom…fun, fun.
Anyway, I have been reading and learning all I can about pre-op and post-op care and I am as ready as I can be to have my first surgery! My hospital bag is packed (I should only be there about 24 hours). My husband and sons have been prepped with the information that I am not to do housework for 6 weeks, not to lift anything over 10 pounds for 6 weeks, to spend most of week 1 in bed-except to walk around the house with assistance every few hours and that during my recovery they are to pamper the princess.
I am having the robot assisted daVinci hysterectomy. if you want to know more about the actual surgery, watch this video.
I arrive at the hospital at 11:00am and my surgery is scheduled for 1:00pm. My son will update my Facebook and Twitter if you want to stay up-to-date and I’ll post a post-op update here on the blog when I am able.
I thank you for your concern, thoughts and prayers today, tomorrow and during the 4-6 weeks of initial recovery.