Two more days until my surgery. It still feels a little bit unreal.
Today is my last day of work before the surgery. I am what is called the Lead Agent on my account. My manager is the official manager, but I try to lead the team. I work very closely with my manager. I share my ideas with him. I wrote the training manual. I train new employees, temps, and back-up agents. I approve/disapprove vacations. And I do many of the reports for the client.
I had to divide my work up between two different people while I’m out. I feel that I have them adequately trained. I had my manager trained to think that he could not live without me. Now I am going to be out for a month and he’s a little nervous. The people I have trained to back me up are awesome. He will have no problems while I’m gone. My fear is he will learn that it is all a lie. He can live without me and like anyone in today’s workforce, I am absolutely replaceable.
Nah, I kid. I’m not really worried. I know they’ll be fine without me. We have a great team. I know they will miss me and will be glad when I come back. For that, I am thankful.
Today I have to start using this antiseptic scrub on the area where the doctor will do the surgery. I have to use it today, tomorrow and the morning of my surgery. I have three bottles of this stuff.
My mom will be here tomorrow. I cannot wait to see her. Of course, being my mom, she keeps asking if there is anything that I need. Do I have deodorant? How about shampoo? Should she pick me up some more pajamas? She is awesome. I have all of these things and I feel I am good. I did tell her that I need a B50 complex chewable vitamin with thiamine. I still have not bought that.
I do not want her spending too much of her money on me. Both her and her husband are senior citizens on social security. I think he has his retirement as well, but my mom does not have a lot of disposable income. She is spending a lot just traveling here and staying in a hotel for 3 nights. She wanted to stay in a hotel. She will be one mile from the hospital, which is closer than where my brother and sister live. She will also have a place where she can go to be alone for a few hours and relax. It is hard enough having a daughter in the hospital. Not being able to relax properly because you’re a guest in someone else’s home is not what she needs right now. I’m also glad she will be so close to me.
I have a list of things I need to do today.
- Contact surgeon’s office and verify time they want me to arrive at hospital.
- Fax short-term disability forms to STD insurance company.
- Pay one bill.
- Make a food shopping list for my sister.
- Mail absentee ballot application to Virginia for election.
That’s right. It is an election year. No matter what our individual political beliefs or medical conditions, we all must vote. I never understood people who didn’t vote. It is our civic duty. Do it. Vote. OK, that’s as far into politics as I will delve. And that’s all for today! 🙂