Lipo Part 2: The Night Before


Tomorrow is the big day, I go in for my belly button revision surgery and lipo of my abdomen and love handles.

I haven’t had time to get nervous about it with all the upheaval at home. Between the Colorado Pole Championship and all the hubbub surrounding fixing the water damage on the second and third floor, I’ve hardly had a chance to sit down.

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I spent today getting ready for tomorrow. I cleaned the house, got the guest room ready for a displaced client from the second floor, got the third floor ready for incoming guests after the drywall repair and repainting, filled my prescriptions, did a dozen loads of laundry, changed the sheets, went to the grocery store … it feels like I’m leaving the country for a few weeks.

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I don’t have time to stress out because I want everything to be ready and that means dealing with the basket of clothes sitting in the corner of my room for the last two months that I’ve been meaning to consign, shelving that stack of books, dusting under the dresser.

It’s all stuff I’ve been meaning to do so it’s kind of nice to have this kick in the pants. If I’m going to be recovering in my room for a couple days, I don’t want to stare at a pile of stuff to do the entire time.

I don’t want to jinx things but I am actually looking forward to being zoned out and sleepy for a couple days. Rain and cool weather is in the forecast which sounds perfect for holing up with my little crotch hound.

What do I have to do to get ready for the actual surgery? Here’s an idea.

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I’ve been taking this stuff twice a day for two weeks

My doctor gave me a big bag of supplements and vitamins at my pre-op two weeks ago. Part of Dr. Kuisle’s pre/post-op routine is a regimen of supplements that support healing. I’m not a vitamin person but I do believe in following the doctor’s orders. If he told me to stand on my head and drink a glass of water, then that’s what I’d do.

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I filled my prescriptions and my med box and put a notepad next to the directions for the various painkillers I’ll be on.

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It’s important to write every dose down so you don’t forget what you took and when

I’ll be taking a fiber powder daily to ensure that I don’t get constipated; the opioids I’ll be on can really back you up. It’s important to take fiber at least two hours before or after a dose of medication as it can inhibit drug absorption.

As instructed, I showered and wiped the surgical area down and put on clean clothes and got into my bed with freshly laundered sheets.

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Wipe the surgical area down after showering with this to inhibit bacteria growth

Infection is one of the biggest risks so it’s really important to be very clean. I’ll shower again in the morning with this …

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Hibiclens, given to me at pre-op

… wipe down again with the preop wipes, and head to my check-in at 6:30AM. Oh, and no lotion, perfume, make-up (duh), or jewelry.

I’m stoked about the early check-in, it means I won’t spend all day twiddling my thumbs and trying not to get dirty or sweaty.

I took an prescription antibiotic with dinner and will be on them for next two days. I won’t eat anything between now and the procedure and only drink water. I already handled the pre-op blood work and testing a couple weeks ago, as well as filling out all the consent forms so tomorrow Loony will drop me off at 6:30 in my robe and slippers and I’ll have this to keep me company until we get started.

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Murakami’s latest book came in the mail today!

Sideboob is going to pick me up when I’m done and stay with me until Loony gets home. I’m going to doze in my favorite La-Z-Boy chair and binge watch Big Little Lies as directed by My Parasitic Twin. I read the book a while back and head that the show is really good.

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Water, speaker, charger, post-op instructions, meds, pillow, blanky, and book.

I really don’t know what to expect from recovery. I’ve heard everything from it being no big deal after a couple of days to it being the worst thing ever. I know it is different for everyone but you will get an idea of what it is like for me.

I’m really excited about getting my belly button fixed after all these years, I really hate it. And I’m very curious about how the lipo will turn out.

I’ll try to post tomorrow if I’m feeling up to it. Or maybe I’ll just sleep, we’ll see.

3 thoughts on “Lipo Part 2: The Night Before

  1. I’m fascinated by your process – but it was the book that made me shout “OH!” I just got it in the mail too! Haven’t started it – saving it for the weekend.

Really? No way.

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