I had my pre op appointment at the hospital this morning, I was nervous about what they would do but it was a really simple process of a few different health checks.
I had bloods taken, they are doing FBC, checking markers etc but also need to do a check on blood type as apparently if you have had a blood transfusion your antibodies can be very different.
They did swabs for MRSA and gave me a pack of swabs to do it again at home before the op. This is because Im classed as a ‘regular visitor’ to the hospital… No shit Sherlock!!
They took my height and weight measurements, Im pleased to say I have lost just over a stone in the past three months. Im aiming to try and lose a little more by the surgery date as the consultant says higher weight increases the risk of complications.
They then just asked A LOT of questions about my health and talked through my stay in hospital.
They also talked to me about having a high protein diet which apparently increases recovery rates and gave me these pre op drinks, it is a clear, lemon-flavoured, carbohydrate drink given as part of treatment before surgery. “Undergoing surgery will put stress on the body. Research has shown having a carbohydrate drink reduces stress on the body. It has also been shown that it may reduce loss of muscle following surgery, which aids faster rehabilitation, and shortens hospital stay.” Clever stuff!
My appointment took about an hour and a half and everyone was very nice, but had no idea on dates.
So I called my consultant’s secretary who let me know that a preliminary date of 30th April had been put in for me, they need to check all my pre op tests are ok and will be confirming it asap.
So I could have just 3 weeks left of being an ostomate!!!
Ill update as soon as there is any more news.
In the meantime, can I just take this time to say a very Happy Birthday to my most favourite bloke in the world, my awesome husband Timm. Im sorry bubs that you had to spend your birthday morning in hospital with me!! We spent the rest of the day shopping, having lunch and then had a walk with the kids to our friends house for a gorgeous birthday tea.
Timm is just amazing, he takes everything to do with my illness and surgeries in his stride and just makes life better. He is my absolute rock and I couldn’t live without him.
Happy Birthday Timm xxxx