My surgery is tomorrow

Last updated on Tue, 16th Feb 2021

I’m having my weight loss surgery tomorrow, and I’m both nervous and excited about it!

In fact, I’m finding it hard to concentrate on anything else. My mind keeps spinning with thoughts about what it might be like after the surgery. I’ve read all about it, but it still feels like a bit of a leap into the unknown. So to help settle my mind, I’m trying to focus on the practicalities of what I need to do.

I’ve managed to stick to my pre-surgery diet by tracking everything I’ve eaten religiously in the MyFitnessPal app. Looking back I see that most days have been within the 800 calorie limit, and only a few days have gone as high as 1,000 calories, but I hope that doesn’t matter.

My COVID-19 test came back negative, so that’s good news. If I had been found to be positive then my surgery would have been delayed, possibly by a number of months. The hospital themselves didn’t notify me of the result, but I got a text message on my phone from the HSE the day after the test with the result.

We’ve bought in some supplies for my post-surgery diet, which should see me over the first few days when I get home – although I haven’t fully wrapped my head around that diet just yet.

So for now, all I need to worry about is packing my bag for the hospital, collecting my prescription of supplements and medication, having my last meal this evening, trying to get a good night’s sleep, and then getting myself to the hospital tomorrow.

I’m being admitted at 10.30am, so I’m guessing my surgery will be some time in the afternoon.

At the hospital I will need to go to Admissions and get registered, and then fill in all the health insurance documentation. I’ll also need to pay the excess on my policy, which I think is €75.00. I’ll then go to the Surgery Admissions Lounge where a nurse will carry out an admissions assessment, which will probably include blood tests, and I’ll get changed into a surgical gown and put on my dressing gown and slippers. I’ll then wait in the lounge until they bring me for surgery. I’ll only be admitted to the ward once the surgery is complete.

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