Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ready to Go

I've been doing laundry and getting things ready before I go to the hospital in the morning. I wanted to get as much done as possible so that John could relax while he's here taking care of me... we've got meals coming from our wonderful church family for the next couple of days - so all he'll have to do is warm it up for me and make sure that I get my medicines on time.

Renee (guest blogger) has made the first of the meals for us, and took it to John while he's at Worship Team practice tonight - so I can't wait to try that - I'm sure that it'll be healthy and yummy at the same time!

I've had to wash my sheets today, which isn't a big deal - but the hospital has a strict new regimen that I have to follow before surgery to prevent infection. For those of you that might not know (I only know because of my last job and the funding issues that would have come from the new program) as of a certain date... I think it's in early 2009... Medicare is no longer going to pay for any hospital care for patients that get infections while in the hospital. Now, before you react like I did... it doesn't mean that they will bill the patient for it... it means that the hospital has to eat the costs themselves.

It's an incentive for them to make sure that they are following proper protocols and cleanliness guidelines... so if a nurse comes in and doesn't wash her hands.... or maintenance comes in and cleans the room incorrectly... the hospital has to deal with those issues - in the hope to try to cut down on staph infections and the like. I think it's a great program... and I love the fact that they are putting the blame and costs back on the hospitals. The only down side is that I know (from experience) that the hospital systems will take it out on those employees without really figuring out the situation. ANYWAY...

They gave me a bottle of a soap solution that I have to shower with tonight and scrub my tummy for 3 minutes... then make sure to put on clean clothes, no deodorants or perfumes or powders... and then sleep on clean sheets. In the morning I have to take another shower using the rest of the solution and wash for another 3 minutes on my stomach. Again with the clean clothes, and from there they think that will help keep me from getting infections.

They are taking the position that most infections are caused by bacteria on our own bodies... I highly doubt that, but I guess it couldn't hurt to make sure that things are sterile while operating... So I plan on starting that ritual tonight before bed... and then we head to the hospital by 8:30 in the morning to express check in, and my surgery is supposed to be at 10:30.

I'm going to make sure that John blogs for me tomorrow when we get home so that everyone will know how things are going. I expect that I'll be pretty groggy... and I have no clue what time we'll be able to get home... I have to pass through a process of recovery, alertness, pain management, and finally be able to keep fluids down before I am released to come back home.

I'll see you guys on the flip side!!