...I officially have 71 hours left until I am on the operating table. I have to say that I think I am handling it beautifully. Now you ask my friends and family and they might tell you that I am full of it and am a complete basketcase...but what do they know! ;)
Starting today I am focusing on packing everything I will need for my time in the hospital. For those of you who have your surgeries in the coming days and months, I hope this proves to be as helpful as the lists I have stumbled upon while preparing for this day.
1. Baggy pants - comfy pj's from the Tinevez family and some yoga pants from Lu Lu Lemon
2. A t-shirt to sleep in that smells of a certain individuals cologne. An additional shirt to wear during the day that reminds the nurses that yeah...I'm kind of a big deal. ;)
3. I-pod with all the music in the world...thanks to Sara for the additions last night. I also have two playlists stored...one with a bit of 'feel sorry for myself' music and another with 'suck it up and get better...worse things could happen' music
4. Non slip socks - and some bright new white ones care of Ray and Marion this Christmas! :
5. Toiletries: Incuding Bath and body works sweet pea lotion, Wet wipes and no-wash shampoo
6. Feather Pillow given to me from Yvonne and Dad about 15 years ago...still my favorite! I'm also bringing the shopping in Macao book to plan for my trip to visit you both in China this year...get your walking/shopping shoes on! :)
8. Candy for the nurses...anything to get that private room and additional morphine... ;)
9. Comfy shoes. More specifically a pair of crocs from Auntie Fran!
10. Sodoku puzzle books, magazines and GMAT preps care of Richard's "thank God you are finally leaving us in peace" present and The Secret (Positive thinking book recommended by Bernie)
11. Netflix movies to watch on my latop thanks to the Accenture crew in Raleigh
12. Beautiful scarf and leather gloves from Terra, Rob, Craig and Jos to keep warm on the way to the airport after the surgery
13. Painting to remind me to always live, laugh and love...You are a bright shining star Jill!
14. My support crew: Mom and Josh
It is quite obvious, I hope, when reading this blog that I have amazing support from my friends and family. I can't thank all of you enough for your patience, advice, comfort and light hearted humor that has prepared me for this day. I'd also like to thank Lauren, Denise and Jennifer...individuals who had never met me prior to this operation but have provided unlimited amounts of support and encouragement...thank you SO much!