my "test" run at the hospital

This morning I had my pre-admission testing for next Wednesday’s surgery. The surgeon had ordered some blood work to monitor my liver while I continue on the Optifast diet. I got to the hospital early and went to the outpatient walk-in testing to get the blood draw. Little did I know that they needed blood for my pre-admission testing. They had to draw it again in the same day surgery center since it had to be more blood and more extensive tests. I left the hospital with bandages on both arms.

I also had an EKG, chest x-ray and a short physical. The good news is that I am down another two pounds. My scale had said that but the hospital scales seem to tell different stories. An anesthesiology nurse also interviewed me and gave me an overview of anesthesiology on surgery day. It took a little more than an hour to get through the process.

I am getting pretty nervous about surgery. I have only had one other surgery, my heart triple bypass. It did not go well with me being in intensive care for 10 days and mostly unconscious. I know that this surgery has quite a bit less risk but it is still surgery. I actually became uncomfortable and anxious between tests. I hadn’t eaten or drank anything since 10:00 p.m. last night and it was Noon. At least I didn’t pass out! (Unfortunately that has happened to me, but that is another story.)

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  1. Heidi July 9, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Hang in there Tom. Surgery is scary, especially after the anesthesiology gets through telling you all these awful things that could go wrong. Missed you at Hearts on Fire – the cafeteria food was horrid, and you would not have even been tempted to go off your diet!
    Heidi

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