Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Surgery is finally set!

I met with my urologist last Friday and I was hoping to be able to schedule my surgery after the appointment, but we found out that the nurse that schedules the doctor's appointments wouldn't be available to talk to until Tuesday. This was frustrating because I'd have to wait another four days to schedule the surgery. I'm the kind of person who likes to plan things out well in advance, so I've kind of felt like I've been in limbo for the past month knowing that this surgery is something that I need to get done, but not knowing when it's going to be.

My mom was finally able to talk to the nurse this morning, and my surgery is finally set for April 5. The surgery to remove kidney stones is usually an outpatient procedure, but my urologist knows how tenuous my health is, so he's not taking any chances and is keeping me overnight in the hospital. (He always reserves a bed for me in the ICU, but sometimes I get kicked off the list if there are patients who need to be in the ICU more than I do. I guess I'm not the hospital's top priority!)

I'm so excited to finally have my surgery on the books. I can't wait to have these kidney stones removed so that I can get back to normal! I'm really sick of having a tube coming out of my back so that my left kidney can drain. It's uncomfortable and I don't like lying on it! It will also be nice to be able to get the picc line out of my arm. A picc line is kind of like an IV, except it's more long-term and you can keep it in your arm for six to eight weeks. (Instead of a needle going in to your vein like an IV does, a picc line is a thin catheter that goes through an artery almost all the way to your heart.) I'm ready to have it pulled out because it makes my arm hurt!

I'm hoping everything goes well so that I can come home the next day. I hope that I recover quickly because I've got big plans to go to The Cheesecake Factory for the first time the following Saturday!

Optimistically crossing my fingers!!


thehallebunch2 said...

Heather you are a gem! Hope you get to go soon to the Cheesecake Factory! Hope your surgery goes well too!

ionamin-W8FW8 said...

I'm crossing my fingers, too! MOM

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