Change in Plans

by on Saturday, January 10, 2009 6:56
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SurgeryI’m unsure how things are in other countries, but in Canada (given our universal health care system – yay Canada!) there is always a looming chance that surgery will get bumped. I have been scrambling to get things ready for when I go into surgery and was planning a celebratory weekend after my PhD proposal had been defended and before surgery. Yesterday, I got the dreaded call — surgery has to be bumped. However, surprisingly, I was offered a date a little earlier on Feb 6th. If I didn’t take the 6th, they were unsure when I’d get the surgery at all. So I am now orally defending my proposal at 2pm the day before surgery which is more than a little crazy. I know it’s only 4 days early but when every minute of your life is planned, 4 days can mean a lot. This experience has taught me that I can plan all I like (and oh do I ever love to plan) but flexibility is important, too.

For those of you who have had takedown surgery, how will I be feeling the day before surgery? I’m assuming I’ll be on a liquid diet but I haven’t gotten all the presurgery info yet (I have a pre-admitting appointment on January 19th).

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4 Responses to “Change in Plans”

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    Dennis says:

    January 10th, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Hi Janelle, The day before surgery I was feeling really good. They just told me not to eat or drink anything after midnight, so I had a full meal the night before. The day of, though, I was very hungry, as the surgery didn’t happen until around 1:30 pm. And then I was in the hospital 2 nights and out on the third day, feeling fantastic. I had no complaints about the takedown surgery.
    -Dennis

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    Eric says:

    January 10th, 2009 at 8:25 am

    You know, I had to busy myself with other things in order not to freak out. I think I decided to remodel our kitchen the 2 weeks before surgery so that I’d keep my mind off of it. Perhaps submitting and defending your proposal is a good thing to concentrate on instead of your surgery.

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    Jenelle says:

    January 10th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks for the info, Denis. I thought I’d have to no eat for longer, but I was thinking of colonoscopies, so it shouldn’t be as long as that since I have less intestines for the food to travel through!

    Eric, I think you may be right. I’m sort of just running on adrenaline at this point and don’t have too much time to ruminate about the surgery. As well, I’ll be OK with relaxing for a bit since things are so crazy right now!

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    Marianne says:

    January 10th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Hi Jenelle, I have not had the takedown yet (I’ve done 1 of 3 surgeries) but in order to prepare for the upcoming 2 surgeries, I got a CD set by Belleruth Naparstek for Surgery Preparation. It is very helpful; if you want I could send you a copy if you write back at my email address. All the best for your surgery, you’ve been through the hardest part already so it should be relatively easy. Marianne

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