I had two doctor appointments today, one for surgical labs, second one with 4 different people at the Surgeon's office. The labs were easy but I had to be fasting, so I was really ready for breakfast by the time I got home. I did a very large laundry to have everything possible clean that hubby and I would need for the foreseeable future.
First the case manager who told me the time of my surgery, went over meds, reviewed labs, signed papers & releases, etc.; second, the Physician's Assistant (had an accent I had difficulty understanding), who asked many of the same questions, discussed what meds I could take on day of surgery and when, examined knee(s), and provided me with "day of surgery" instructions; thirdly, a nurse who discussed getting my blood cross-typed against my own donated standby blood, gave me directions to hospital outpatient where it had to be done on Friday morning. Fourthly, and finally, a meeting with the surgeon, last time until at the hospital for surgery Monday. He went over the procedure, what he would do, how he would measure the knee and determine what devices to use.
The surgeon surprised me by telling me that I will stay in the hospital 4 days, then a rehab center for the next 10 until I get my second knee done, then return to the rehab center for another 14 days. So it will be a while before I am back home! They will provide me with a bolster to elevate the legs, rehab on the premises, and use a machine to work the leg and get it mobile.
Next I tried for the third time to reach the hospital to set up a time for a pre-admission appointment, we played phone tag all day and never did connect. I'll see if I can coordinate that with my Friday visit to the hospital for the blood-work.
Then it was home and fix supper, eat, and fill out my Spark nutrition diary. Maybe the fitness choices ought to include workouts like this among the choices! By then, I was really pooped!
Now to bed, perhaps to dream of how many things are on my schedule for tomorrow! Thankfully, these places are mostly closed on Thanksgiving, so I can perhaps catch up on my preparations at home. The time is really flying by!
My thanks to Senimo, who set the standard for going through this, and at least I don't have a teenager! My mischievous collie runs a close second, though!
I hope I'll be able to track and blog some a few days after surgery, but we'll see. I'll take my Kindle Fire so that I will have books to read, email and Internet access. And it shouldn't be difficult to keep control of my diet, since I'll be institutionalized! No temptations!
Thanks to all of those who offer support and suggestions!
(Do replacement knees weigh less than bone ones? Maybe I can lose a couple of more pounds! I think I am getting titanium and some sort of plastic material.)