It’s not like I wasn’t expecting the call, but once it came in, everything began to feel like it was happening too fast and it took a moment to get my bearings. I’ve been tolerating the pain in my body and the frustration with medical professionals for so long, it hardly seems real that I now have an actual date for surgery to remove the hostile uterus in my body. I answered the phone while driving to work because when I saw that the caller ID said “Kaiser,” I knew it wasn’t a call I wanted to miss. The nurse said they had an open date of June 21st and I was like “ok, I’ll take it.” Hanging up the phone, I felt like a heavy boulder had settled in the pit of my stomach, I was nauseous and my mind was spinning with all that this date meant and with everything that now had to be done before this date.
Its taken a couple days, but I’m relieved and settled. I’m ready to get on with life. I’ve had some encouraging phone calls from dear friends. More offers of support and lots of time to think, process, and accept that this is REALLY happening. I’ve also spent the last couple of days at Kaiser doing some pre-op lab work. It seems that the needle pokes might never end. I’m nervous and excited. Putting together a list of things to get done before June 21st, both personally and professionally. I’ve made my arrangements for sick leave from work and have informed the most important/necessary people in my life about the timing and details. The list of things to do is growing…at some point I’ll just have to say “enough is enough.” Its not like I don’t have time after the surgery. But isn’t it funny how suddenly everything becomes so important to accomplish, when some of this has been on the “to do” list for months. I think it’s probably linked to the whole mortality complex…not that I have concerns about that, but there’s some instinct I think, much like how “nesting” works with pregnant women, that creates this need to get it done now.
The thing I feel the best about in my preparations for going under the robotic knife, is my plan for a quick recovery. Part of this is about the preparation, right (mind and body). I’m a pretty active person, but I’ve been increasing my activity lately as well. I participated in the Color Run last weekend (oh so much fun) and am continuing to increase my walking time each day. I plan to be up on my feet, moving as soon as the Dr says its ok. I’ve set a goal to be able to participate in the AIDS Walk SF, 10K on July 21st! I’m joining the FFE Community Team to help raise $2013. I’ve set a personal goal of $300.
I’m not excited about the surgery itself. I’m excited about the possibilities after. I’m not fooling myself in to believing it will all be busy, but focusing on it all just being better. There’s still a long way to go between today and that 10K walk. I’m riding the wave of hopefulness. Of course, you can check back here for updates on how the process, procedure and recovery unfolds. I really appreciate all the positive feedback and kind words I’ve received from friends and blog readers about sharing this journey. I’m hoping you continue to find something of value in my sharing as it all moves forward. I wait now with a deadline on this anticipation…with a great deal of hope.