Well, I finally went and met my surgeon on Thursday. My appointment was at 7:45 in the morning, so I tried to get as much sleep as I could Wednesday afternoon/evening since I needed to leave home at 4 (it's a 3 hour drive to Austin on a good day).
Anyway, I talked to the surgeon and his PA and I really like both of them. We talked out all of the specifics and got things sorted. I'll be getting a rechargeable medtronic. Apparently I got to pick between rechargeable/non-rechargeable. He'll put it on my left side just below my waistband, and he made a note to make sure that it goes below my tattoos and doesn't interfere with them, which I thought was awesome.
They're going to give me more painkillers and muscle relaxants after my surgery, and I'll be in the hospital for at least one night. I warned him that I've never gotten out of the hospital as soon as expected - I was in for 3 days with my appendix, and when I had my brain surgery they told me I might be in ICU overnight and in the hospital for 3 days. Well, in reality I was in ICU for three days and in the hospital for a week. It wasn't fun. Told him I figured he should know just in case it happens again this time, and he made note of it and said he was glad I told him.
My mom will be flying out and we'll spend about 3 days in Austin before coming back home. They don't like to tweak the programs until your first 2 week follow-up, so that they give things a chance to heal in place a bit. I guess that makes sense. Oh, and I found out that my leads are at T-7 and T-8.
22 days and a wakeup... I'm getting nervous, I haven't had inpatient surgery since I had my brain surgery. :-( Worst of all, I don't have any friends in Austin who can come visit me in the hospital. I only have one friend there and he's been super busy with his job. If I were having it here I'd be set, and I was excited about having friends to come see me in hospital, and then I remembered I'm not having it here.
It's not going to be that bad, right? Right? Why am I more worried about this than I was about brain surgery? Ugh.