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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
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  • L*I*T*A*
    great to hear about the precautions........
    all the best with your up and coming surgery.........
    praying all gpes well!!

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    1169 days ago
    I agree that the precautions are there to protect me. I think I just freaked when I read the words, high risk.
    1170 days ago
  • FLRED12
    Best wishes for your surgery and a speedy recovery!
    1170 days ago
    Hugs. Looking forward to Wednesday very much. I know you will do everything you need to do. Breath. Relax as much as you can.
    1170 days ago
    its all in how you look at it. I had a 3 day hibiclens scrub before my knee replacement, and i was totally grateful to have the opportunity to prevent anything happening. it really UPs the odds that you WONT get an infection!!! if you can, smile..and thank your stars that you have a REALLY proactive doc like me!!
    1170 days ago
    I'll be remembering you in my prayers. You'll get through this one, too.
    1170 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I FEEL for you for sure! I have been FREAKING out over the renovations we are having done but YOU have a REAL concern but I believe with all the prayers being sent for you you will be FINE!

    It's ALMOST here! I can't wait until we are writing when you get home and the surgery is a resounding SUCCESS! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1170 days ago
    Precautions are good. Glad they are helping you minimize the risks.
    1170 days ago
    I'm reading a book called The Next Pandemic and it's making me nervous about infections! Glad you're taking precautions... Maybe it will be a good ritual for prep... Peace!
    1170 days ago
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    It is good they are taking the precautions to make sure you are safe...
    1170 days ago
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