Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Entering the homestretch to surgery...

Fuckin a, 15 days til surgery!  I’m actually entering the “do shit” phase of the pre-surgery countdown and officially stopped taking BC pills and vitamins.  I actually had to hide both because I'm in the habit of taking them every morning.  I guess abstaining from vitamins will be an easier task than abstaining from beer, but things to remember just the same.

I’m also officially at the stage of trying to plan out my next couple weeks of work to make sure things are covered when I’m out and pushing everything else until late March when I return.  Coming back after a couple weeks out will be god-awful and it's not as fun as a vacation, but unlike a vacation which ends, this will be something I can be excited about for.. ever?  And the results should look better and better as more time passes, so it's like the gift that keeps on giving.  I've also bought pretty much all of the random things I need for my recovery.  And of course, I've progressed to the point of talking everyone’s ears off about it which is the most obnoxious element of the lead-up to surgery.  Luckily my parents are very excited about it for me and are insanely accommodating with everything and taking care of me after.  I’m also forcing my friends to come visit me frequently to keep me entertained.  I’m sure I’ll be bored out of my damn mind but I’m also looking forward to all of the down-time to watch TV and relax and dick around online with minimal interruption. 

The last couple weeks have flown by with some fun distractions so that I've actually been enjoying my weeks rather than checking them off in an effort to get to March 11 as quickly as possible.  That said, I’m still ready to get to March 11 as quickly as possible!  I'm not nervous at all for the surgery or the pain or the discomfort.  If I'm being honest, my only real concern is being satisfied with my results.  I'm kind of trying to temper my expectations so that I'm not expecting to look like Adriana Lima when I wake up from surgery (wait, is that an option?  how much would that cost??) but I DO hope the change is dramatic.  Plus with much I've been boring my friends to death with my incessant chit chat about this, I want to look like a hot piece of ass.  Is that so much to ask?

Suffice it to say, the next 15 days will be a very excited and anxious and impatient countdown to the finish line!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Pre-op appointment and other babblings

Sweet baby Jesus, surgery is 4 weeks from tomorrow.  Although, that sounds both soon and not at all soon enough, so I can’t really get THAT excited until we’re at least within a fortnight of this shindig.

Yesterday was my pre-op appointment which was pretty uneventful.  The doctor spent forever telling me how to prevent blood clots and then while I was trying to think of the vanity-related questions I had for him about the level of hotness I can expect post-surgery, he was up and on his way.  Damn him.  I don’t care about blood clots, just make me pretty!  He also gave me my prescriptions to get filled so that was exciting. I guess I should not recreationally use all of the percocets between now and then or I’m going to be in a world of pain which Tylenol will not be able to manage.  I also paid the balance, which I put on my US Air credit card because I wanted the miles, but it was really weird to see a credit card receipt for $11,450.  That probably still only gets me like 1/8th of a flight to Delaware, but free miles are free miles.  I noticed that some of the blogs I read about tummy tucks and plastic surgery didn't list the cost noting that “it varies, get a consultation, blah blah I’m boring” but I figure if the reason I’m blogging this is to be helpful to others considering these procedures then it’s worth mentioning.  And also so that if I post before/after pics people can be like, “that boo don’t look $12k hot”.

In 2 more weeks I’m also supposed to stop taking birth control pills, reduce my alcohol, and increase my protein.  Only the last one sounds fun, because it involves eating.  Also, someone please remind me to stop trying to be uber-healthy because after that 4ish week kick of being super good at WW in January, I've been eating like shit for the last 2.  I’m definitely better off sticking to my usual mediocrity at all times. 

Lastly, I've now taken it upon myself to spend every Monday at kickboxing counting down how many more Mondays I’ll have my arms flapping in the wind, except there’s no wind, just flapping.  After last night (and assuming I go the Monday before surgery which is a maybe) it’s only… 3!   Here are said arms currently, the only before pics I’m going to show at the moment since they’re always somewhat on display anyway.  I think they actually look a bit worse in person because their wiggly-ness is more evident when they’re in motion, but all the same here they are:

 I hate that since the holidays I feel like I've been biding my time until March 11 arrives, but it’s hard not to focus on that.  I've still been doing fun things and being social and not JUST talking about surgery 24 hours a day but at the same time, winter isn’t that awesome and I don’t have any vacations to look forward to, so I kind of just want it to get here.  So, the countdown continues… 29 days!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February Shmebruary. That doesn't even make sense.

I really wish I had some cool updates on a more regular basis.  I keep wanting to write a post but then it’s like- sooo this week I feel really good about my flossing routine and I did my nails.  That's actually a lie, I didn’t do my nails this week and my cuticles look dreadful.  I’m the worst.

WW Updates:
I drank a lot of beer this weekend but went to the gym and stuff.  So.. life is back to normal? I know that the doctor recommends upping my protein a lot after surgery so it probably wouldn’t hurt to start working on that in advance.  Other than that, I’m not really planning to do anything different or special eating/exercise-wise between now and then.  I will try to keep working out 4 times a week up until surgery so I’m in as solid shape as I can be so I don’t die on the table or whatever and so that hopefully getting back into it after will be less tedious.

Surgery Updates:
Yeah I mean there aren’t really any, I just like to pretend I have important things to do every week to prep for a surgery that is still 5+ weeks away.  I bought a hoodie that I plan to wear to surgery since it’s longer and zips up and I don’t care if I get intestines on it.  Does that count as an update?  Pre-op appointment is next Monday and I’m making a list of questions to ask such as “what size are you going to make my new belly button?” and “I see in the list of pre-op instructions it says ‘cut down on alcohol prior to surgery’, please explain further”.   I’m actually weirdly excited to pay the rest of the balance to make it feel like it’s real life.

Life Updates:
Hmmm.  I made it into the month of February?  Is that a life update?  No?  I guess 2015 has been pretty uneventful thus far so rather than tell you about the latest puzzle in my life (that’s not a metaphor, as you may recall I really enjoy doing puzzles lately) I’ll just quietly fade out of this post.  I just realized I can underline my section titles to make them more dramatic.  Is that a life update?  OK I'm done.