Sunday, July 19, 2009

Pre-Op Appointment

So Friday was the big day, my pre-op testing!! I had worked myself up so much for this, and it really did make this all seem so real and close. My appointment was for 11am, I arrived around 10:40 and checked in. The first thing that was done was my EKG. This was my first time getting one of these, it was pretty cool. Basically I was brought into a small room and was asked to undress up top and put a johnny on. Then the lady put stickers under the crease of my boob and on my chest. She then pressed a button on a monitor, and before I knew it she said all was probably 30 seconds! I couldn't believe it was over so quickly. After my EKG I was brought to an office to talk to a nurse about my health history. She asked if I had ever been put under before, which I have once when I got my wisdom teeth out. We also talked about the do's and don't of preparing for surgery. One thing I was surprised to learn was that I need to stop taking my multi vitamin due to conflicts that can happen because of it and anesthesia. The nurse also let me know that as of right now I am the only one scheduled for surgery on my day, this was great news! I really want to be the first appointment of the day, so I don't have time to get worked up all morning. After going over all of my health history, I met with an anesthesiologist. He was a really nice man, I let him know about my needle phobia, and he wrote it in my file and told me that they had some numbing cream they could rub on me beforehand. It made me feel good that he seemed to actually care about my needle anxiety, and didn't just rub it off like most of the drs. We talked for about 5 minutes, and then we were done. Next was the hard part, my blood work. I went down to the lab and immediately started crying when I got up to the desk. The lady felt bad and told me to hang on a second and she would go get someone that was really good and patient. This again made me feel good. I preceded to cry like a baby and was brought into the room. The nurse asked why I was so worked up, and I said I didn't really know it just always happens when I need blood work. She prepared everything, I needed 15 tubes, eeek! She then said 1,2,3 and did it, nervously I yelled "1,2,3 OUCH!" She kinda jumped and told me I scared the crap out of her, oops! That took about 5 minutes and then I was all set! YAY!!! My last appointment was with the nurse practitioner Corrine. I got weighed, down another 3lbs, making a total of 6lbs. Corrine told me I was doing a great job, and that because of this I only needed to do shakes for 2 weeks instead of 3!! woo-hoooo! She wrote me a prescription for the HMR shakes and I was out of there. I went to the hospital pharmacy and picked up my shakes, $130!! OUCH! These I guess you can't use insurance for, you need to pay out of pocket. GRRRRR. But I am still really excited to start them, and see how weight I can lose on them.

I had a great weekend. Friday 5 of my college friends and I rented a place on Hampton Beach. I counted this at my last big hoorah before surgery. I went crazy and drank lots, it was such a good time! The only bad part was that because of drinking so much I got a little sicky last night and when throwing up I burst a blood vessel in my eye. GROSS!

That's about everything, tomorrow will be my second behavioral class GREAT! Wish me luck!!


  1. lol I remember when I used to be sh*t-scared of needles too (especially blood work ones) but trust me, have a few babies and you will get over that. I'm glad the nurses and docs were nice to you.. its a real fear and shouldn't be just shoved aside as babyish. :)
    Sounds like its all go huh. Looking forward to the coming months with your blog when it all REALLY starts happening. Take care.

  2. omg I didn't even put 2 and 2 together with that! Actually my second fill was scheduled for the friday after the 14th but I coudlnt do it that day so I had to change it. My appt is at 930 and you'll be out of surgery by then I'll have to come and visit you!