Sunday, October 23, 2011

Post 11: Night before surgery

4 liters of pure refreshment.
It's about 5:30 Sunday night. Elise is down for a nap and Phillip and I are about to pack for a week in the hospital. I don't even know where to start. I go in at 6am tomorrow morning. It's crazy to think this day has come. I have been dreading it for months now. In about 12 hours I will be checked in at the hospital and my surgery will start a few hours after that. I finished my prep. It was a tasty 4 liters that took 4 hours to get down. The instructions said to drink 8 oz. every 10 minutes. I would set my timer, and just about the time I made it out of the bathroom, it was time to drink again. Fun day! I have had so many colonoscopies in the past (and had to do this prep 5 times just in the past few months) so you would think it would get easier. It doesn't unfortunately! Drinking a gallon of salt water isn't very refreshing.

Two things I  have learned:
1) Chug it with a straw. Just put that straw to the back of your cheek and just get it down.
2) Drink more water. Lots more. Even though you feel like you can't possibly drink another ounce, you need to so you will not get dehydrated.  It makes the IV go in easier if your veins are healthy and hydrated. I learned that the hard way.

Since prep is done, now I can just enjoy the rest of the evening with Phillip and my baby girl. I may just have her sleep in the bed with us tonight. I just want to hold her. I can't get enough of her today. I will miss her more than I can even express. My heart hurts right now even typing this. I know she will have a wonderful time with "Grammy" and aunt Amanda. But it's going to be hard leaving her in the morning. We will head out about 4am to head to Gainesville. I have so many thoughts going through my head right now. I won't lie, I am absolutely terrified. But mostly I am just ready to get this next week behind us. I may not be able to write for a few days, so Phillip will keep everyone posted on here. I love you all and thank you for your continued prayers. Wish me luck! I will talk with you all soon. For now I am going to get in some precious family time and can't wait until I get to get home!
Love to you all.


  1. Praying for you as you head into surgery tomorrow Meredith. Tomorrow is my birthday and my wish is for a successful surgery for you, for calmed nerves for you & Phillip, for wisdom and guidance for the surgeon and every medical person involved in your treatment. I hope & pray everything goes as smoothly as possible and that you heal faster than anyone could imagine. That sweet baby girl needs her Momma!

  2. Will be praying for you!!!!