Thursday, December 17, 2009


I am doing something completely morbid.

I am putting post-it notes on presents before wrapping them in case I won't be around when they get opened.

I know it's morbid, dramatic, and awful.

This is what happens when your surgeon does not reassure you at all that you will even survive the surgery. He made it clear things happen in major surgery and he can't promise me something won't happen to me.

So, I am writing post-it notes. I have things to say about some of the presents I am giving.


  1. I always picture the worst case scenario, because then I figure it won't happen...

  2. I usually call my parents before a flight, or long trip... just in case. I want to hug and reassure you that you will be fine! But I can't say I wouldn't do the same thing. :-)

  3. I had the surgery awake and I think the surgeon is putting unnecessary fear on you. It should be pretty cut and dry. (no pun intended) If he is the surgeon people claim he is, either way he does the surgery, vaginally or through abdomen, you should come out just fine.

    I am not sure what your surgical prep is, but if you write to me, I will tell you what I did. Also, if you are not passing gas or vomiting at any point you need to be seen immediately. At no point should your belly be hard as a rock. Be sure to make sure they put the circulation booties on your legs to prevent blood clots (the most common complication. As bad as you may hurt, when it is time to get up and move around do so, just take your meds and pray. Have your pillow handy.

    Can I tell you something?

    You are going to be okay.

  4. The post-it notes might be a good idea even if things do turn out fine, but I am too tired, in pain, or cranky to tell the story or nice sentiment behind the present.

  5. For what it's worth, I would do the same thing. Do what you need to do. Know that I'm thinking about you here and sending lots of good thoughts your way. Lots of us are here to offer our support and care!

  6. Certainly sounds like something I would do as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Wishing you the speediest of recoveries.