Starting Surgery Prep Today
Monday, January 16, 2017
Changing hospitals means a different preparation for surgery. I've never done a week of surgery prep before. The pre op department told me that it is a new MRSA protocol. H-mm Okay. I have to bathe with a surgical scrub until next Monday, when I switch to prescription antibacterial wipes twice a day and Tuesday once before I go to the hospital. No deodorant is allowed next Monday or Tuesday and no lotions or creams. My poor skin will be ready to peel off! The other thing I have to do is a morning and evening nasal rinse followed by a prescription antibiotic ointment in my nose both morning and evening. Supposedly, this does two things. First, it helps to prevent MRSA. Secondly, it helps to minimize the chances that a low grade sinus infection will cause an infection in either the new joint or the surgical incision.
I have to admit that all of the anti germ protocol is making me anxious. I have to wear totally clean clothes on both Monday and next Tuesday. My last shower is on Monday at which time I am to wash my hair. I have to use a clean towel (or towels) since I will need to have one for my hair. There is no shower on Tuesday before surgery since I have to have the prescription stuff dried on my skin. I guess I will need to sleep on clean sheets too. A bit obsessive I think!
And then.......I looked at my paperwork and saw the reason. It said High risk surgery. Yikes! This is referring to the risk of infection, I hope. The surgery takes a good two - three hours or more. So now I understand. I'm still doing a bit of freaking out but at least I get it. High anxiety, which they gave me a prescription to treat too. I guess I'm not the only one who is anxious before this type of surgery. LOL