Life With Adhesions

A little blog to help people understand what it is like to live with adhesions!

Surgery Here I Come!

It’s been another few weeks since I posted last, but it feels like I have run a marathon!  Many things have gone on and many decisions have been made.  We made the decision to go with place “B” for surgery and will be heading to California in a few weeks for surgery.  Place “B” has been amazing and I am very thankful that we have decided to go this route.  My “spidey senses” tell me that we have made the right decision.  Despite the HUGE cost, I am hopefully that this time will finally make all the difference.

So, we found out that my surgery date will be May 10th/12.  Any people out there who believe in prayer and good vibes – sending them my way on that day would be much appreciated!!  Once we found out the surgery date and the 2 pre-op dates the week of the surgery, the next step was to find a place to stay.  For most normal people going away for a “vacation” does not cause many issues.  However, we are not there for a vacation and I have some special requirements because I am going to be recovering from surgery.

First of all, we had planned to stay for about 3 weeks (1 week prior to surgery, second surgery 5 days later, and a week and a half to recover after the second surgery) However, as we delved in closer it seemed to make more sense to stay another week, miss the crazy holiday weekend for travel, and it actually turned out to be cheaper if we booked for a whole month.

Second, when we have travelled in the past for my surgeries it has been a godsend to rent an actual house and not to have to stay in a hotel.  That way we have access to a kitchen (I usually don’t feel well enough after surgery to go  anywhere, least of all a restaurant) and the whole house so I can move about as needed and nap when need, etc…We were looking for something that was fairly well priced because we were staying for a whole month and trying to cut cost wherever we could.

Third, I snore like crazy (and for the record SO does my husband) but it makes it difficult to share one bed AND have a good nights sleep – so we were looking for somewhere that has at least 2 bedrooms.

Fourth, the last place we stayed in had a couch that wasn’t that comfy and was fairly hard to get in and out of.  After surgery I spend a lot of time vegging on the couch, watching movies with my hubby and reading books – so it needs to have comfy seating and preferably a good TV with the lots of channels.

Fifth, we prefer somewhere nice and quiet so that I can rest during the day whenever I need to and my hubby is a light sleeper (as mentioned before) so it has to be somewhere that is also quiet at night too.  We have had experiences in the past with a crazy house that had this random lawn maintenance man who would show up at all crazy hours, stay for 10-15 mins, cut one patch of grass and then leave, only to come back the next day at another random time (usually right when I laid down to rest) and do that same thing.

Sixth, ideally it would be nice to be close to where we have to go for my appointments and surgery.  I have to travel to several different places for my appointments and the 2 surgeries are in 2 different cities.  This time round, we decided that we would sacrifice being close to my appointments and surgeries for something that was closer to the beach, away from the busy city, and hopefully a little more relaxing.

So, with all these requirements, we were able to find a great place.  It was reasonably priced, has 2 bedrooms, comfy living room, quiet and even has a hot tub on the roof so we can enjoy the cool ocean air in the evenings.  We have only seen pictures, but it does look pretty good (we are hoping).  We have had pretty good luck in the past, so we are hopeful.  However, it is about 30 mins away for appointments and 45 mins for one surgery and 1 and 15 for the next surgery.  So, there will be a some driving involved, but hopefully it won’t be too bad!

Check, one thing done!  Next, we had to book flights and rent a car.  Those went fairly smoothly, but a lot of planning and figuring, especially with the car since there was a HUGE difference in price from on rental place to the next .  Again, it wouldn’t be a big deal, but we need to rent it for a whole month, so price matters.  We also decided that we would purchase our own GPS because the rental place wanted an extra $400 and we could get it for a lot less than that.

All in all, I think we did a pretty good job.  We got the best deals that we could and we made a lot of big decisions in a short amount of time.  All things that most “normal” people take for granted.  So now, all I have to do is get everything together, pack and get my mind wrapped around the fact that in two weeks we will be in another country for a whole month!

On top of making the decision about my surgery, we also had to make an incredibly hard decision – one of the toughest, ever!  Our poor little cat “Tweek” had developed really bad arthritis in his back legs and about a week and a half ago, he decided for us that it was time to help him go.  He stopped eating and drinking and taking his pain meds.  So we called the vet and scheduled for her to come out to our house and help to end his pain.  We got to spoil him rotten with tuna, treats for breakfast and even some ice cream!  But man, what an adjustment it has been around here.  We still have our other little guy “Mocha”, but he’s having a really hard time without his buddy!  All you “Pet Parents” out there can understand I’m sure how difficult it has been.

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Tweek (white) and Mocha (black) - our Yin and Yang!

I feel like I have run a marathon in a month, and for now, all I can do is take it one step at a time!  Here’s to a successful surgery and an update about how my “Life with Adhesions” has changed dramatically!

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