T’was the night before surgery

Well it feels wrong to not at least post the day before I go into surgery. It’s a Saturday so it feels a bit like a ‘lost’ day. I’m self-isolating due to COVID so I can’t go anywhere. My bag is packed and there’s not much more I can do.

I do feel I should talk about ‘THE BAG’ for those that may be considering surgery themselves I have packed

  • Dressing Gown
  • Nightie
  • Flip Flops
  • Deodorant
  • Baby wipes
  • Face cream
  • Perfume
  • Body Spray
  • Dry mouth spray
  • Infacol (I have been told this can help with trapped wind/gassy feelings)
  • Kindle
  • Phone – Charger
  • Hairbrush
  • Peppermint tea (I have been told this can help settle the stomach)
  • Loose fitting change of clothes
  • Pads (apparently surgery can bring on a period!)
  • Earplugs
  • Vaseline for dry skin and lips
  • Red tiger balm in case of a headache

I’ve probably bought loads of things I don’t need – so I will aim to do a review post-surgery of what I ‘ACTUALLY’ needed!

I am relieved that this is the last of the LRD, 2 weeks down and 7.3lb down. I was hoping to lose half a stone so I’m chuffed with that. I have to be honest an say I am mightily bored of Ryvita, cucumber and Quorn slices. Which has pretty much been my diet for two weeks. I am trying not to think about the liquid only 2 weeks of water and protein shakes and am looking forward to the pureed (baby food stage) of weeks 3-4 because I actually get some variety! You have no idea how much I am looking forward to pureed veg lentil bake or cheese and tomato pasta….

It would be remiss of me to not talk about my mental state either, I am prepared for the op I think I have no anxieties or worries about that. However, over the past two weeks my mood has been very variable, there as been quite a large amount of catastrophising and anxiety, between periods of feeling numb. I have found myself being irritable at small things and pondering the longevity of my relationship with my partner. Will he be supportive and caring and understanding or will he have a lack of empathy and tell me I’m being dramatic.

I am not sure working long hours was a beneficial distraction or just made me more tired and feel lower. However, this time tomorrow I will be in surgery! My world won’t be the same when I wake.


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