There are days when everything seems to align properly and everything that crosses your path just goes perfectly. Today was one of those days for me. Today I got an email from my surgeon:
Congratulations on getting to goal weight. Everything appears to be good to go. I will let the scheduler know she can get you scheduled.”
And of course I didn’t wait to hear from the scheduler; I called her right away. When she returned my call (it’s a voicemail line and she always returns it), she let me know that
Again, I say, BEST NEWS EVER!!!! The news I’ve been waiting for during these long 2 years, 8 months, and especially in the last month, is finally here. I have a surgery date.
I am so excited!!!! It means that my “summer vacation”/surgery recovery begins 3 weeks before school gets out. Which means I get 11 weeks to transition into my new life. I am so thankful that I have the sick leave, as well as the summer vacation to really get used to all the coming changes.
One of the best parts about today is that when I shared my news with my family, friends, and select co-workers, they were genuinely as excited for me as I am for myself. I have amazing people in my life. The support, encouragement, and love I’ve received is phenomenal.
Someone asked me earlier today if I was nervous, and I answered honestly that I’m not one bit nervous. I think I’ve been preparing for this for so long, done so much research, and heard so many first-hand experiences that I know exactly what to expect. I’m so very ready to get on with my new life.
The next step is my pre-op appointment with my surgeon on May 6th, at which time he’ll go over the details of the surgery with me, as well as give me my actual surgery time.
I have 3 1/2 weeks before my last day of work, and I have a ton of things to do to get everything ready to leave. I have lots of grading that I want to finish well before my final work day. Plus, I want to organize everything for my substitute so that taking over my classes is easier for her. Luckily my sub is a former student of mine who is pursuing her credential to teach English. She’s subbed for me several times this year, and she is wonderful. My students will be in good hands, and I’m feeling so lucky that she’s available for the long-term sub job.
My head is swimming with everything I have to do, but for tonight, I just want to relish in this accomplishment. It’s been a long time in coming, and the time has finally arrived.