So, yesterday I met with my OB/GYN, the fantastic Dr. Steven Leband. I am formally slated for a Total Abdominal Hysterectomy on Tuesday November 30th at 10:30am. Check-in, at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, will be 2 hours prior.
Timing wise, I’m amused- this will be 2 days after my 31st birthday. I told myself, and my mother, than due to family history of severe birth complications, that I would never try to have a first child after the age of 30. Well, I’m keeping my word mom 😉 Actually, this surgery is family history related- I have both Ovarian Cysts and Uterine Fybroids, and those fybroids are both reoccurring and sometimes cancerous on my mother’s side. Add my current drug regimen to the mix, and yeah, I choose to undergo a hysterectomy rather than deal with the high likelihood or re-occurrence, and my current pain level.
I will be in the hospital at least until the afternoon of December 1st. Latest release, late night December 2nd, unless there are complications. I am bussing to my surgery (because I’m like that), but will be needing a ride home.
I have been asked to have someone stay with me the first 24hrs I am home, but I have been told that actual on-call humans is fine if no one wants to crash with me.
Once home, I will need physical assistance for the week or two after with heavy lifting, grocery shopping, laundry, etc.
Thus, I put a call out to my Phoenix region friends!
Sign up for shifts 🙂
I am seeking folks on the 1st and 2nd who can be potential drivers and check-in humans.
December 3-10, and 14, I would like a human (or group of humans) a day to swing by my place, visit, kick it with me, see if I need anything, maybe watch a film or chat, help me with laundry, do a bank run for me, whatever.
December 13 I would like a ride at 7:45am to my post-surgical doctors appointment.
My calendar is here:
As humans claim dates, I will add their names to those dates. A ? on the name means its not confirmed, and I would prefer to have 2 groups/individuals visit a day than none.
So if you are game, let me know!
To my non-Phoenix friends:
Thank you all for your concern, love, and energy.
Please do *not* send Reiki healing energy, I am allergic/intolerant to that modality of energy work.
If you feel compelled to buy things, for my birthday or as healing recovery gifts, here is my Amazon wishlist:
or send donations via my paypal donation button (look to the left of the page here at PassionAndSoul.com)
If you want to help me make the world a better place, donate to one of these groups in my honor:
- The Consortium for Academic Research in Alternative Sexualities
- Camp Ten Trees (for LBGTQ youth and children of LGBTQ families
- Heifer International (sending animals to the world for food, products, sustainability)
Please resist sending flowers to the hospital. I adore flowers, and would love them at home… though it may be more effective financially to send money to a Phoenix friend of mine and have them bring them by… and give the money difference to one of the charities above.
Thank you ALL again for your fantastic support and love. I appreciate it so much.