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My Operation

On Monday I go in for a cholecystectomy.  That's removal of the gall bladder, for non-medical types.  See, when I went in for the physical that uncovered recent diabetes, they also found a nice gall stone.  I've had a fair number of pain attacks, but thought it was kidney stones, which I get regularly anyway.  (I'm a wreck!)  So it has to come out.

This kind of thing used to be Major Surgery, but thanks to the miracle of laproscopy, it's been reduced to get-the-hell-out-of-here surgery.  You go home the same day and sit around for a week while your body says, "What the hell just happened?"

I have to be at the hospital at 6:00 AM.  (I'm guessing I'll have to wait two or three hours before the actual operation.  This kind of thing always seems to happen that way.)  The prep will involve shaving.  This will be a long process, and I feel sorry for the nurse.

I'm really glad I have health insurance, and I'm thrilled we have the deductible paid off for this year.

I'm not looking forward to this, though, mostly because I have no idea what to expect afterward.  I've been under anesthesia before--once for an eye operation, and once to get my wisdom teeth out.  I didn't like either experience.  I hated the drugged-out, half-dead feeling, especially since people inexplicably kept telling me, "Don't sleep!"  My response was, "Then why the fuck did you pump me full of sleeping medication?"  It's been more than thirty years since I've been operated on, though, so I don't know I'll respond to the anesthesia now.  And I really have no clue what the post-op recovery will be like. I've read about it, of course, and none of the literature is helpful.  Basically, all of it says, "The day after surgery, you might be wrapped in a quilt with the cat and a big bottle of morphine, or your might be re-roofing the house.  What the hell do we know?"  I do know I'm nearly 50, and I don't bounce back like I did when I was thirty.  My arm still hurts a little from the fall I took last month at World Fantasy, for instance.

I'll be off work all week, of course, and two days of the following week  I deliberately scheduled this jaunt to happen just before Thanksgiving so I could minimize the time lost at work.  Was the district grateful?  Ha!  I had to fill out forms and get a special letter from the surgeon because I was going to be out before and after a holiday break (which is a no-no).  I had to coordinate with the building secretary and district secretary in charge of substitutes.  I had to get permission from the principal to be out.  (I wonder what would have happened if he had said, "No.")  Did anyone say, "Hey, that's nice of you!  You're wrecking your Thanksgiving holiday in order to be out when few teachers are off work, making it easier for us to get a substitute for you and minimizing the impact your absence will have on your students.  Thanks!"?  Ha!

I have a whole lot of TV stacked up on the DVR and a bunch of books on my Kindle for the recovery.  I've been running extra this week, since I won't be running next week.

And we'll see what happens.
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