I’m getting my tonsils out tomorrow. I’d be lying if I said I was anything less than completely freaked out. I’ve had surgery before. In fact, I’ve had surgery three times and all three had recovery periods of upwards of a month. I had shoulder surgery and had my arm in an immobile sling for five weeks. I had leg surgery and wasn’t able to bend my leg for over a month. I had jaw surgery and had my jaw wired shut for weeks. I am no stranger to the anxiety or the inconvenience of recovery.
But this will be the first surgery since becoming a mother four and a half years ago. For some reason, that scares me. I’m also feeling anxiety about all sorts of things I’ve never even thought about before. Like, what if the anesthesia doesn’t work 100% and I can feel something? My epidural didn’t work with K-Dub’s birth, why should I trust this will work? Plus I’m hearing conflicting stories about how painful the recovery is. Some people say they were uncomfortable for a couple of days, others were on pain medication for over two weeks.
The more I think about it, the more anxious I get. So, now that I have written this down, gotten it off my chest, I’m going to try to think about other things today. Fortunately, work will be busy, since I have to set things up for a week out of the office.
The other thing I need to think about right now is a soft food diet. During lunch, I’m heading to the grocery store, and I need to pick up some things I’ll be able to eat before I reintroduce solid foods. I’m thinking green smoothies will be a good choice. There’s nothing chunky in them, no citrus, nothing spicy, and they are full of nutrients.
Any other great ideas?