I had to go into the hospital today for my pre-op appointment. Since I've never had surgery before, I had no idea what to expect during a pre-op appointment. Talking to several people did NOT give me any real clues or helpful advice on what to expect so I just took everything with me just to be on the safe side. I took all my bottles of meds that I take, tons of paperwork just in case they needed some of it and just about anything that I could think of.
And of course this was the morning that I felt exceptionally bad and ended up in the bathroom throwing up right before my appointment. I have no clue why, not sure if its sickness or nerves but I did end up feeling better this afternoon so hopefully it is just nerves. I took a barf bag just in case! :-)
Got to the hospital, no parking anywhere so mom dropped me off by the door and I went in. Looking around I saw no workers available and I didn't see window 8 where they told me to go so I started peering in the little windows of doors and saw some numbered windows behind a locked door. A security guard finally let me into the room and it was the right place to go but the lady was busy so she told me to go back into the public waiting room and wait. So mom and I sat there for fifteen, twenty minutes and then I heard "my" name being called over the intercom. Or I heard the name "Teresa Williams" anyway, not my name but I was betting it was me anyway that they were calling. I was right because as I walked back there, the lady on the intercom corrected herself and called my actual name then. As I walked into the room she unlocked for us, she apologized but I didn't see it as a big deal so no big!
Next they asked me for my entire life and insurance information, emergency contacts, and all that. Had to get a special "code" for my daughter and mother to be able to call the hospital and see how I am, without the code they would get NO information about me. So that's good I guess.
Then she sent me to the lab for a blood test and urine specimen and that was fun! So very not, but needles don't necessarily bother me since I have to do the insulin shots every day and I got that done. Then off I went to see the surgery coordinator.
Once there I had to wait my turn in the family waiting area for surgery patients. They had a million more questions for me, height, weight, allergies, medications [she was pleased that I'd brought them!], and she wanted to do an EKG or EEG, not sure which it was but she did that. She showed me the room where I will come out of surgery into where I will be closely monitored til I can go to a regular room. It helped to "de-mystify" the whole surgical process for me since I am utterly unfamiliar with all of this.
I should call the hospital at 8AM to see what time to come in for surgery. They operate on children first so there's one child in front of me before I can come in. I can't eat anything after midnight the night before surgery. Hopefully I will be out of the hospital in 3 or 4 days so, I guess we will see.
I have to go back to the hospital sometime on Monday for another blood test and a chest X-ray. But I can go in any time between 8am and 5pm. We also have an appointment on Monday at the child guidance clinic. So many appointments, so much to do to get ready for the surgery!
That's pretty much what I know at this point. I guess I am having surgery on April 8th for sure.