Well, I was supposed to go for my pre-op yesterday morning, but it was rainy and miserable, which led to my hip hurting so badly that I couldn't drive. So I had to call and reschedule it for this morning.
I figured I'd let y'all know what they told me about how my procedure will go, since everyone's is different.
First off, I got a script for antibiotics to start taking the day of the trial. I can't remember what they are, but they're something I haven't taken before.
I'm going to go in and be put under, as I expected, and then they are going to put the leads in etc. Once they think they have them in the right places they'll wake me up and ask if they're right, and once they are they'll knock me back out. I was told that my mom should definitely be in recovery with me, because I probably won't remember anything my rep says.
My SCS is going to be a Medtronic.
The one thing that was kind of funny was how adamant the gal was about DO NOT TAKE A SHOWER DURING YOUR TRIAL!!! She's scared to death that I'm going to not listen and do it anyway and get meningitis. I told her I have had brain surgery before, so I know what the risks are. Fortunately that calmed her down a lot. She also said that almost everyone that they do a trial on manages to pull their leads out on a doorknob or table or something. One guy actually pulled his out on the bumper of his car. I can't imagine how much that would have to hurt.
I ended up having to go to the store and get all the stuff she said I'll (potentially)need before/during/after - antibacterial soap and gauze (in case I'm a bleeder) and tape and bandaids and such. I needed to go anyway because I had forgotten to bring some of the stuff that one needs when they are away from home for almost 3 weeks. She told me that if I am a bleeder and bleed through by some chance, my mom is supposed to put more gauze on top and tape it down and call them. They want my bandages to be exactly the same at post-op as they were when they released me. I forgot to get a thermometer though... as I'm required to take my temp every day and make sure it doesn't spike.
I think that covers just about all of it. My surgery is at 3:45 in the afternoon, and I can't eat for 6 hours prior. I get to have water up til 2 hours prior, though! Yay! (plz note sarcasm)
The guy I've just started seeing has already told me that he will come see me as much as he can, and a few of my old friends from where I used to live have given me their phone numbers and asked for updates. One of them wants me to come down and see him at some point, so we'll have to see if that happens. My tattoo artist really wants to be kept in the loop, which is kind of nice.
Surgery in T minus 7...