Now that the surgery date has been set, Nov 16 if I have not told you yet, I am working on winding down, cleaning out and trying to get ready for the big day. I am devoting October to trying to get some things done around the apartment, working on how to transition work for the short time I am out, and setting myself up for success when it comes to having to rest for a few weeks and for people to come and stay with me while I do that. So, just in case you were ever interested, here are the immediate plans for October.
Work – this one is pretty straight forward.
- I need to discuss with my boss who will run the 1 small job I will have that I can’t do all the way through. Not a big deal, but it needs to be done…and soon in case I need to prep someone to take this one on.
- I would also like to:
- finish up the filing I have in the house still.
- file away and purge samples
- clear up my desk area in the office
- visit the physical office one more time for face to face meetings
- clean out my inbox
- set up the vendors and client to be ready for me to be out.
It sounds like a lot, but really, most of these are things I do on a regular basis already.
Apartment – again, fairly straight forward.
- I want to try and get some of the major cleaning things done
- I need to decide if a Christmas tree/decorations are going up this year as it will have to be before the surgery
- Make sure I have blankets/pillows/places for people to sleep
- My couch (a sleeper sofa) is sinking – I need to find a way to prop up the cushions better
- I need to clean out the kitchen cabinets, and purge/use food in the house. This one is pretty important. I don’t have a LOT, but I need to use up what I can or donate it somewhere.
- I need to sort through some clothes and separate them by sizing. I know I have a few things I can wear as I lose weight, but I am going to run out of clothes rather quickly. And I would like to purge out anything that is in any way damaged while I do this. I may also go ahead and get rid of anything I hate at this point as well.
- I have a pile of things that need to go to Goodwill.
- I have a HUGE pile of books I need to take to the used book store.
Getting ready for success
This one is a little more complex as I am not 100% sure how this is all going to go. But here are the things I would like to do before I go into the surgery:
- My goal for October is no eating out. I need to move to less processed, less fattening foods. I am currently fixing up soup for the freezer for this month. And last week I put a few containers of turkey taco meat in the freezer. As I go through the cabinet, I am pulling things I know I can still eat/add to recipes and getting rid of the rest. This will not be an overnight thing – but by the end of the month, I really need to be off processed and out of the eating out habit. It may be the most challenging thing I face.
- I have been setting aside a small stack of things to do when I am recovering. A few books, 2 bible studies, crafting projects, and movie marathons are all on the list. My hope is to have a small box or bag that has everything in it and it can just be near me at all times. The one thing I want to try and stay away from is my computer. I may log on to check emails, pay bills and post here, but I need a break from the constant.
- I also need to find a way to NOT read my work emails while I am out. I may need to see if my work can turn off my access to it for a while.
- Speaking of work, I have some paperwork to fill out JUST IN CASE I ever needed to go on short-term disability. No one is expecting this, but I would like to have it all done just in case.
- I have been trying all of the flavors of the bariatric diet shakes and protein bars to see which ones I like. Need to finish that and pick my flavors. I have to get my supplies this month.
Finally, I have a bunch of doctors appointments still to come. I have sign off on the surgery from my general practitioner, my gastroenterologist, and my therapist. I meet with the surgeon in October. I also have meetings with a nutritionist and a dietician. And then one final meeting with the surgeon. Then it is go time.
It seems like an action packed month…and it is. Focus will be key. I was asked if I was nervous about the surgery. Not really – I am more nervous about AFTER the surgery. Life is changing BIG TIME. Ready or not. This list above is just the precursor. Let’s go.