Today I had a doctor's appointment for my pre-op clearance. Which also included blood work, ekg, and chest x-ray. I got to my appointment which was at 2:45, and wasn't seen until almost 3:45. I don't understand the point of making appointments if you still have to wait around anyway.
Oh well. I was seen, but got frustrated because my doctor's office couldn't do any of the tests. So they wrote me a prescription/note to go to the hospital to go have it all done tomorrow. They told me to expect to be there from 8 am until about noon. That's half a day! Crazy.
Then, I have to go back to my doctor for a follow up appointment on Tuesday so that he can write the clearance letter based on my test results. He is very optimistic, but I was just getting frustrated. I felt that since I called and made an appointment, and told you what it was for, it would have been nice to have a heads up that it would be a multiple day process.
I'm not sure if the hospital is going to charge me anything, but I have a copay for each doctor's visit. The Mister and I are pretty frugal and diligent with our money since I stopped working to go to school full time; so these are unexpected expenses. Kind of worried there, but as The Mister said, it will all work out.
I recently picked up a subbing job, and started on Monday. They are aware that I need a time of absence, but I didn't tell them why. Living in a small town, people talk, and I would rather not deal with the judgement that comes with the talking; especially in the workplace. So now, I have to request more time off so that I can complete my testing, and go back to the doctor on Tuesday. Oh well. My small vent about that.
I can't believe how fast time is flying by. A week from tomorrow I'll be under the knife, so to speak. I'm pretty excited. Working has made it difficult to keep on my liquid diet, especially since I work in an active environment that does promoting; and the easiest way to get people to come is luring them in with food. I've been keeping my protein shake handy, and that's helped.
I won't say I've been 100% great, because I haven't; but when they're chowing down on cinnamon rolls, pizza, and every pastry you can think of, I'm slurping a protein shake, or finding fruit or a salad.
I've heard from many people that they were required to do a low cal/high protein diet, that I shouldn't worry too much about not being all liquid. The only reason I worry about it, is because I was told to do so. My biggest battle has been not giving into temptation. I read in a blog recently that the food channel was like food porn...and they are completely right. The Mister and I watch many shows on the food channel, and it's amazing that my mind tries to tell me I want or need something when I don't even want to eat. So weird.
I've picked up a pack of sugar free gum, and boy I tell ya, that is so helpful. Especially while working. It's like a mind game that I realize I'm chewing, so the snacking doesn't become an issue. I'm glad I got my supervisor to give me more out of office work for the next few days; that way I don't have to see the pizza parties, or today's coffee and pastry gathering.
- Until next time.