At this time tomorrow, I'll be out cold, completely oblivious to anything, while my husband waits and prays in the waiting room. Strange to think about.
How I'm feeling:
nervous: I've had several surgeries before with general anesthesia (wisdom teeth, heart, hysteroscopy) but I'm still pretty nervous. It's such a vulnerable thing to be on the operating table, trusting your doctor + people you've never met before that they'll be gentle and keep you safe! The more I think about it, the more nervous I get, so moving on...
surrounded by love, care, and prayers: our friends and family have been so wonderful to us! I already feel pampered. We have friends bringing us meals from Saturday to Thursday, and other friends who are going to come visit. My mom is bringing down homemade comfort food: chocolate chip cookies, cherry pie, plus my childhood favorites: vanilla wafers (the layered rectangle ones, not the round ones) and sugary peach rings. So many people have offered us prayers and remembered us at mass. I received the annointing of the sick yesterday and one friend even called a 90-year-old priest in another state who has a healing ministry and asked him to pray for us! All of this love and prayers makes me feel more relaxed and at peace.
a little sick: I've had an itchy throat since Tuesday afternoon (horrible timing!!!). It's mostly better now but I'm also blowing my nose more than usual. I took off today to rest and try not to get any worse. I'm a little nervous that this could affect the surgery, maybe even cancel it, but I'm reassured after talking to my brother (a doctor) and a friend who's a nurse. They both said a little cold or allergies shouldn't be a problem.
as prepared as possible: THANK YOU Stephanie for your amazing guide to laparoscopy!! We printed it out, highlighted key sections, and used it as a shopping list. So, sooo helpful! In addition to everything Stephanie recommends, we also bought 1) a sippy cup with swirly straw so I can drink my juice while not sitting up, and 2) a box of freezer pops to have something icey to soothe my throat afterwards. I also have my outfit ready for tomorrow and picked out some books and DVDs at the library yesterday.
curious: I have no idea what this surgery is going to show. I don't have any noticeable signs of endometriosis, but I know that it's often asymptomatic. I'm praying that the results give us something - anything! - that can translate into healing my body and - please God - help us conceive.
I'm grateful for YOUR prayers and will be praying for you too and especially for others recovering from or preparing for surgery!