Things you think of while preparing for the “big” surgery:

Pre-moistened body clothes since you can’t shower until the drainage tubes are removed.

Toothpaste, mostly for your mom and sisters visit. The tube was ‘almost’ empty. I could have made it last.

Extra sheets and pillowcases and lots of quarters for the laundry since you can’t shower for sometime.

Pencil sharpener for your colored pencils that you are using on your adult coloring book. (by the way, it truly is calming)

Figuring out if you have enough pillows to prop yourself in a comfortable enough position to get some “sleep”.

Shake mix, saltine crackers.

Pay the phone bill, order coffee, get retirement gift, drop off paperwork for the donations you usually handle for the theatre.

Zip and button up shirts and hoodies to be able to dress yourself with.

Clean house since your sister and mom are coming to stay with you.

Pretend that everything is all right at work for the next three days.

Drink coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

Have a book and journal next to the bed so you can access it easily.

And I am sure there are hundreds of things I did not think of or have missed.

As soon as I can I will be walking the stairs to keep my butt looking like my butt. I will be blogging and plotting revenge once again.

Friday feels so far away, yet it is so close.

Can you ever truly be prepared?




  1. neveradullbling · January 11, 2016

    How long will you be in the hospital? It totally sucks that you have to clean house, but your mom and sister will be there to keep up on it. Yes, color away. I have an entire stack of coloring books, pencils, crayons… and they ain’t all adult either. I have a special Disney Princess one I got for Christmas because I just wanted it. 😀
    Hang in there. Tomorrow is results day? Praying…


  2. breidengale · January 12, 2016

    not sure yet. Surgeon said maybe one night but ultimately it will be the plastic surgeon that makes that decision. I don’t see her until the night before. :/ And quite honestly my husband is pretty much cleaning the house since the last surgery. He is worried I will pop a suture. Coloring is awesome!! It makes me think of the book ‘Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten’ HE would talk about adults coloring. Fingers crossed that the results are back. AND that they are positive.


  3. theturtle · July 12, 2016

    Pencil sharpener 🙂 Thank you !
    I have my coloring pencils , and I put in a request (with my daughter) for the “finding Dory” colouring book but I didn’t remember that I might need to sharpen my pencils 😉 . My surgery won’t be before a few weeks but I’m making my mental list now
    Turtle Hugs


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