OK, this came fast! Tomorrow morning is my hernia repair surgery. I am ready. As ready as I ever am for surgery. It is supposed to be outpatient surgery and the only this that will change that is a complication, dementia issues, or extreme pain. My other two hernia repairs were anything but painless. As a matter of fact, I have said many times that I would rather have the remainder of my colon removed than have another hernia repair. But, hernia repay it is.
This is going to be a little different in that using General Anesthesia on dementia patients is not advised. It seems we wake up in a different time zone. So, this hernia will be repaired with local anesthesia. Now, I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed with local anesthesia and it did not hurt. So, I am encouraged. Everything is relative. This surgery is less than the removal of one-half of my colon and they are using the same anesthesia as the oral surgeon see to remove my wisdom teeth. No sweat!
And, being a dementia patient, I have a secret weapon. I will forget the pain in a few hours! There are benefits to having Lewy Body Dementia.
There were two things I had to do in preparation for this surgery. First, I had to re-write my "Just in Case" letter. Everyone should have a letter explaining where the money is, the insurance policies, your burial wishes, and how to close out your affairs. It is a military thing because we tend to die early and often. But, I had not changed the letter since we moved to Florida. In fact, I had not re-wrote the letter since 2006!
Second, I had to shave my beard off! Why? I did not want the anesthesiologist to have to deal with hair if they had to incubate me. When I had my wisdom teeth removed, the oral surgeon lost the sutcher material in my gray beard!
So, bald face, I approach surgery again. I am not worried and I don't think Linda will need to open that letter just yet. I expect to be home tomorrow afternoon with a new scar to show off. Nothing more than that.