So, yesterday I had my pre-op appointment o finalize everything. My surgery is going to be at 1300 on March 29. Dr. B gave me my post-op prescriptions and took my "before" photos :)
My husband came with me and Dr. B also educated him on how to empty drains and basic stuff to help make me comfortable. I was also put on a three day bowel prep that I will start on the 26th, which will undoubtedly test my will. On the first of the three day prep, I will swill a gallon jug of Golytely, which, having been a gastroenterology nurse in my career, I know is a sinister concoction that will have me pooping sideways all day. I will also be on clear liquids with the exception of protein shakes those three days. Doc doesn't want anything in my intestines when I get there on the 29th.
One hour before I go into surgery, I am to take a clonodine, which is a blood pressure medication to relax my sympathetic nervous system. I will also take a medication called reglan, which is an anti-emetic (to keep the anesthesia from making me barf) and pepcid to reduce stomach acid. That morning I will also start a broad-spectrum (kills a lot of bugs) antibiotic called cephalexin to ward off infection.
After the surgery is complete, I will have excellent pain management. I will not have a pain pump, as many have, but I was pleased. I will have three medications-flexeril, a muscle relaxant, vicodin 5/500, a common narcotic pain reliever for moderate pain, and Stadol nasal spray, which is pretty much the big mama of "make me feel better and drive me to la-la land".....The only other time I have had stadol was when I was in labor with my youngest son, and that was wicked awesome.
Although I am in good shape, healthwise, and have no risks for a clot, I was also prescribed a pair of TED stockings. I was measured and got a pair. Those things were thirty bucks! They asked me what color I wanted and I was hoping for that, I could at least get some punk-rock red and black striped ones, but I settled for beige. At the appointment, I was also measured and fitted for a compression garment. After the appointment, it was off to Sam's Club and walmart to buy pillows, a robe, baby wipes, purell, body pillows, regular pillows and a new blankie to cover myself up with on my loveseat (Which will be alot like a recliner).
All-in-all, I am super pleased with my doctor and his staff. His nurse is a doll, remembered my face when I came in, and gave me her cell number if I had questions. My husband, who up to that point had not met Dr. B, was impressed with the way he informed him on the procedure. The doc practically talked to him the entire visit! I have to admit, I was really impressed with that. Hubby is gonna be taking care of me, and its great the doctor and his staff take that seriously. I'm so excited to begin this new chapter of my life!
I am long winded on this update, but gosh, I am super excited about this. I am more and more sure that this experience is going to be hard, but rewarding.