April 23

Hey there, dear readers of the page. Today I want to talk about a past date. April 23rd. April 23rd was my confirmation surgery. I had srs done at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Everything went smoothly. I was in the hospital for a day and a half before I was released to my hotel room for further healing. For the next eight days, I was on my back (or on the toilet). Recovery was easy because I had the best nurse by the name of Egg. We are now back in Georgia, and feeling good. I still have a lot of swelling in the area, but that is to be expected. Maybe later we will take some pics and send them over to  the surgeons office to confirm everything is healing according to plan.

So that is it for now. More later.

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Bowel Prep

Well, dear readers of the page, today is my personal day of hell, otherwise known as bowel prep. Surgery is tomorrow, so the surgeon wants me squeaky clean. What this means for me is no solid food at all today. Starting at 12am and going through tomorrow.

Bowel prep proper starts at 12pm with one bottle of magnesium citrate and three dulcolax pills. From there it just gets worse. I have to drink another half bottle of mag citrate at 10pm. 10 mother fucking pm! I am usually in bed between 8-9pm. How the fuck am I going to stay up that long? Then, after pooping my guts out, I will go to bed for a few hours, before waking up at 4am to give myself a fleet enema. Yay. Then a shower with anti bacterial soap for 10 minutes, before heading off to the hospital.

I certainly hope surgery is early in the morning tomorrow. The earlier, the better. I hate waiting around and will definitely want to eat some yummy hospital food again, before hopefully being released on Wednesday, so that I can eat better food. As you all can tell, my thoughts are all about yummy food.

We went to the continental breakfast this morning so Egg could get some food. It all looked so delicious, and I couldn’t have any of it. Instead, I had two glasses of apple juice. I’m drinking Sprite right now. I can’t have orange juice because it has pulp in it. NO pulp. Oh well, that’s all I have right now.

p.s. We walked to Target this morning to get some liquid for me, and some provisions for Egg. That was fun. But now, I need to be near a toilet, hahaha.

Welcome To Philly

Well, dear readers of the page, me and Egg made it to Philly today. It is only 3pm and I am exhausted. We have been up since 4am. The flight was good, but when we got to the hotel, we found out that we wouldn’t be able to check in until at least 3pm. We got here at 11am, so we had to kill some time. We checked our bags with the hotel, and set out on foot to find some food and supplies. The food came in the form of the Hard Rock Cafe, and get this: our server was from Roswell, and he went to school at the same high school as Egg. He graduated many years after her, though (don’t you feel old, Egg?)

After lunch, we went to CVS to gather some supplies for my liquid diet and bowel prep, which starts tomorrow. Now, we are ensconced in the hotel room resting up. It has been a long day, and there’s still more of it to come.

That’s all for now. I’ll post more later.

Partial Payment

We finally got the total surgeons fee for surgery, and it was a larger number than we expected. Thankfully, the surgeon will take partial payment. So, today, we paid 2500 dollars. The rest will be due on the 12th. I am immensely thankful for my wonderful Egg, who came up with a solution which means we will be able to cover the surgeons fee.

The hospital still hasn’t called with their portion, but Egg assures me that since I have Medicare(which I didn’t know about until two weeks ago), they(the hospital) acannot request payment upfront. I don’t know how true this is, but right now it’s all we can go on. And I hope to the gods that it is true. Because that will be a big mess if not. i don’t know what we’ll do.

Anyway, dear readers of the page, that is really all i wanted to share at the moment. I am just thrilled to have a partial payment on the books.

Call From The Surgeon

I just got a call from my surgeon about my Crohn’s disease medications. The first thing she said was that there would be a problem with my Crohn’s and the meds I take to control it. I had to assure her that I have taken extensive breaks before. The issue has something to do with healing.

Ideally, she said, I should have stopped last week. No problem, I said. I will stop as of now. Nothing is going to stop me from having this surgery. I am willing to stop the Cimzia and the methotrexate for about a month and a half, in order to get this taken care of.

Also, I will have to go through the icky bowel prep/clearing, per my surgeon. Even though Ia am not having full depth surgery, she says it will still be helpful in order to create the divot. Things are getting real now. Whew!

Just Checking In

Hey there, dear readers of the page! Just checking in. I don’t have too much to write about today. It is officially 21 days until surgery, and I still haven’t paid for it. So annoying, but Egg is holding onto the money with a vice grip. I’m thankful for that, because I would have spent some of it by now. Such control she has.  We have gotten some supplies, but have yet to get all we need. I still have two doctors appointments this month, so that is another $70-$80 dollars that will have to be spent. And that doesn’t include the cost of refilling medications. But I have all the meds I need for surgery , minus the bowel prep stuff. I don’t think I need bowel prep, as I’m doing zero depth surgery, but it may help me not poop all over the place afterwards.

I am pretty calm and centered, and not nervous…yet! I am hoping that my surgery ptsd does not creep in. As y’all may or may not know, I had a pretty traumatic surgery in 2007 where I almost died and was in ICU for a number of days. I was in the worst pain of my life, and didn’t think I would make it out alive. But I did. And oddly enough, those thoughts haven’t really crept in my brain in a traumatic way. I mean, I am making a will just in case. Me and Egg needed to make one anyway, so we did. We have to have it signed by two witnesses in front of a notary public, so my parents will be handling that part of the process. Thanks guys!

Anyway, that’s all I got now. Time keeps on ticking down, and I’m sure anxiety will come in after we reach ten days before. But for now, everything is chill.

Pre Op Phone Call

Hey there , dear readers of the page. I just got finished with my pre op phone call with the surgeon’s medical assistant. It was as to be expected, but I have a lot of things to take care of before the 9th of April. I have to have a physical. Problem is that I had one last August, and apparently my insurance only allows one physical per year and a day. They have what is called a pre op appointment, which, as I understand it, is a way to get around the one year and a day physical restraints. But the problem is that my GPs’ only appointment in the near future is April 18. I need to have all this work done and sent in by April 9th or my surgery will be cancelled. Another wrench in the system is that I can’t have this physical before March 23rd.  It just does not give me a long window to get this taken care of. I’ve already called my GP office, and they are trying  to find another doctor who will be able to work around this with me. I certainly hope this is the case. One of the things that I am beginning to realize is that it is extremely hard to get an appointment with my GP, and that is frustrating.

I also have to do lab work, which means that I will have to pay lab corp before I can have the blood work done. This is going to stress me out, but it has to be done, so I am going to fight to have it so.

And depending on how I feel, I may still change back to vaginoplasty, rather than zero depth. Still a decision that is up in the air, and is based on my Crohn’s acting up. We shall see….