Over the past few weeks I have been working on getting things around the house more user-friendly for someone that will have limited mobility. Most of these things are very minor and would be unnoticeable to someone who doesn’t visit my place on a daily basis. Others things, mostly stuff that still needs to be done, are going to be more noticeable but have to wait until just before surgery day.
On top of getting things prepared around the house I have started planning my menu for post-surgery. I plan on making 20 to 30 prepared meals that will be then frozen so that after surgery all that has to be done is pull them from the freezer and heat them up in the oven. Now all I have to do is go shopping to get all the ingredients then spend two days getting it all prepped and frozen.
A few of my friends have asked me if I am getting anxious or stressed about the upcoming surgery and physical therapy. My usual response is no, but I know that it will eventually hit me as the day nears.
In reality my body is already feeling the stress, my psoriasis is flaring up a little and I am currently having a shingles outbreak. Now shingles is not anything new to me as I had them after a stressful summer last year, so it is no real surprise that with my body already attacking itself the stress of upcoming surgery has created more issues.
Add on the fact that just over a week ago I tweaked something in my ribs and managed to pull a muscle then my body is really just fighting every day to simply survive. Hopefully with the big doses of antibiotics over the next 14 days my body will bounce back and everything will be good to go come July 25th.
Between now and then I am going to try and remember to slow down and relax. I’m going to start with taking a mini-trip to Atlanta next week to visit my brother and take in an Atlanta Braves baseball game (as long as I am not having a full shingles outbreak at that time). Then I will be spending the next few weeks doing daily recaps for a poker site during one of their online series, this shouldn’t be too stressful while providing a needed distraction leading up to the week of my surgery.
Once the series is over I will be within the final week before surgery and be counting days rather than weeks. I am sure that at that point it will hit me and I will probably be begging for Xanax to calm my nerves. In the meantime I will just try to follow the Top 10 Stress Management Techniques outlines in the cartoon.