Preparations are coming on apace for my pituitary surgery on (drumroll...) the 15th January! (That's next Tuesday, for those who are hard of thinking.) Compared to last time, I feel a lot more relaxed about the whole thing. Partially it's because it's not an unknown quantity; I've had the operation before (albeit with a slightly different surgical approach, as this time it will be endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery) and I know much more what to expect. I think the timing is pretty good too; as it's so soon after Christmas, I didn't really think about it much over the holidays and now it's practically already here!
There's always the faint worry that they might cancel it at the last
minute again, which would be really annoying, but there's not a lot I
can do about that. I've been doing lots of fun things in preparation for
being an invalid for six weeks; yesterday my boyfriend and I went on a
really nice walk in the countryside nearby, and next Sunday I've planned
an afternoon tea party at my house (guest numbers are slightly
restricted by the number of chairs we own) which should be fun. I did
contemplate making it a neurosurgery-themed afternoon tea party, and
trying to ice cupcakes with brain shapes, but sadly I suspect some of
the guests might find that slightly offputting.
I'm off to spend a day in hospital on Wednesday for all my pre-surgical
check ups with endocrinology and neurosurgery. Mainly they centre around
repeatedly asking questions about what medication you're on, symptoms,
do you understand the risks of the surgery, etc. I think I'll also have
an appointment with opthalmology - and I'll be surprised if they don't
take any blood tests because it's practically a hobby now.