Surgery day

I’m feeling pretty good this morning. I do have a few knots in my stomach, but anytime you know you’re going to have surgery, no matter how major or insignificant, it’s a little nerve-racking. Plus, I’m hungry and am not allowed to eat anything this morning and can only have clear liquids for another hour. (I may have snuck some cream in my coffee this morning, but shh… don’t tell anyone!)

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Ready for surgery #2

Jarrod and I will be heading over to the hospital in a couple of hours. We are supposed to arrive at 11 a.m. to get ready and the actual surgery is scheduled for 1 p.m. Even though this isn’t quite as big of a surgery as my original one, I’m thinking this one is still going to last about the same amount of time, which was 4 hours.

The big “What Ifs” today are going to be if he can do this without an extra incision. He may be able to take care of everything without one and I’m really hoping for that because it’ll just make the recovery a lot easier. But that’s one of those things that he’ll never know until he gets in there and sees what he can do.

Another “What If” is the rooming situation. Of all of my trips to the hospital, I have never once been on the GI floor at UNC. I would love the opportunity to be there, simply because the nurses are much more familiar with your situation. I had some nurses after my last surgery that didn’t seem to know what to do with me. Also, I’m praying hard for a private room! It was pretty rough last time with my rooming situation, but I suppose at the same time, it really pushed me to want to get discharged even faster!

I also just want to send out a big “Thank You” to all of you out there. You have been so supportive the past days and weeks and it makes everything that much easier to face, knowing that I’ve got such a strong support behind me. I know several of you have asked to be kept updated, so I’m going to have my husband updating on my Facebook page, so you can follow along there. And I will look forward to seeing you all on the other side!

14 thoughts on “Surgery day

  1. David Rudzin

    Are you aware that the UOAA National Conference will be held Aug. 7 – 10 in Jacksonville, FL at the Hyatt ?
    We would love you to attend and if you could help us mention it, we want to get the word out and have hundreds of people with ostomies come and attend.

  2. Cassandra

    Good luck! I hope it all goes well. I hope you are able to get a room on Anderson North – 4th floor (I’m pretty sure that’s the GI floor). The nurses there are great! I spent several weeks in their care last year and by far the best floor to be on (I was on some others too – long story).

    1. David Rudzin

      For ANYONE about to or having already undergone surgery, PLEASE contact me. As the National President of the United Ostomy Associations of america, I am trying to find ALL people who have had the surgeries and am trying to connect them with the nearest support group in their area. I can be reached at or at 1-312-466-3683. We WELCOME all new ostomates to the organization and we ALL want you to attend the Conference in Jacksonville, FL this year Aug. 7- 10 at the Hyatt. Contact me for details

      1. Cassandra

        Yep! Thought they did a great job especially with as many crazy other things I had going on at that time. At least from what I remember, there were a lot of drugs involved. 🙂

  3. Amanda

    I was told by a friend that they were renovating 4 Anderson North to all private rooms in November 2012. Thankfully, I haven’t been back to confirm – but I hope it’s true for your sake! I’ve had some pretty “interesting” roommates in the past…

    1. Stephanie Hughes Post author

      Wow, I’m hoping that’s true, too, and that they’ll have an open room! I’ve had my share of “interesting” roommate experiences, as well 🙂


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