Surgery in eleven days . . .

27 Jul

I will have surgery on August 7th. There is so much to do between now an then. I need to find someone to take my dog for a week or two (she is too old to be kenneled and, besides, she has been freaked out enough by my ups and downs over the past four months that I think boarding her could prove to be disastrous).  So if anyone wants to take my dog for a spell, let me know. She’s pretty easy. Even if it were for the weekend of my surgery (as I defnitely will not be here to look after her) that would be a start at least and then perhaps I can find people to take her for a few days at a time? I don’t know. I just know that it will be too much for me to have her here while I am recovering. When she is worried about me she jumps up on my bed. Anyway, I just can’t have her here for those first two weeks post op.

So today I have a hospital bed being delivered to my house. Sounds a little grim kind of . . . but, it makes sense to have one. I will need it to be able to get in and out of bed by myself – at least for the first few days to a week after surgery. This way I won’t need someone to help lift me out of bed when I need to get up. So, I feel fortunate to have a hospital bed coming.

I have a lot to do to get ready for surgery and my head is spinning a little from it all. It is kind of overwhelming. There are caretakers to arrange (I can’t be alone for the first week after surgery), shopping to do, cleaning and organizing to do. I also will not be able to drive for a while, perhaps three weeks or so, I am not sure. So, I will need rides to doctor’s appointments and to my Herceptin treatments, which I believe will continue weekly after surgery (not sure about that, I need to check on that – there’s another thing to add to my list). I also need to go to Hoag for pre-op testing (EKG and chest X-rays, blood work etc.). And, while less critical, there are movies to rent (if any has any good comedies or dramas to loan me, let me know).

I am most anxious about arranging caretakers and finding a place for Molly (my dog) to stay.

I will not be able to cook or prepare food for several days after surgery. And, I will also probably be stuck upstairs for the first couple of days until getting up and downstairs is do-able.

It is my hope to have people stay with me in shifts – like I have done with the chemo rounds. The difference this time is that it is for a longer stretch that I need coverage for. The other difference is that I won’t be “going through chemo”. Which is a good thing. But, I will be weak and need help having food brought to me and to just be here with me. I will be able to get up and walk around – just no lifting at all.

Well, there is much to do, so I had better get to it.

2 Responses to “Surgery in eleven days . . .”

  1. Marv July 28, 2009 at 12:30 PM #

    Hey Lisa:

    My time is your time. So if you don’t mind having a guy as a caretaker, I can be put on any knd of time schedule you set up. I can even stay over night if need be. Let me know. I would be willing to take Molly for a while – I think it would be a blast. The only time she couldn’t be with me is on August 15th when I will be away for the day.

    Remember, I’m volunteering – so don’t be shy about asking for anything.

    Take care. Don’t work TOO hard, and call if you need anything.

    Your friend,

    • cancerfree2b July 28, 2009 at 5:12 PM #

      Oh my gosh Marv, that would be wonderful if you could take Molly for a while. She would be back in the old neighborhood too 🙂

      Maybe we can chat tomorrow by phone and figure it out. The 15th is not a problem at all. Just knowing that she has a friend to stay with is such a relief. She has really suffered through this time – she knows something is wrong.

      So thank you in advance!

      Let’s talk tomorrow if that works for you. I should be free pretty much all day.

      Take care and thank you again,

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