View Full Version : Sitting at the hotel...scared to death!

03-24-2008, 05:45 PM
I am sitting here in my hotel thinking about tomorrow morning. I am so ready for this surgery, yet so scared at the same time. I have so many thoughts running through my head right now, I am not sure that I will get any sleep tonight. I have to be at the hospital at 5:30am in the morning. I will try to post as soon as I feel like I can. Wish me luck !

03-24-2008, 05:49 PM

Deep breaths... can you make a list of why you're doing this? It might help you calm down. Also remember, after tomorrow, everything will only improve as you recover. Imagine yourself one month after surgery, or even 1 year from now - you'll be so tall and straight and this will be far behind you.

Will be thinking good thoughts for you :) You'll be great!

03-24-2008, 05:50 PM
Thanks ! I am so excited about my taller, straighter back. I can't wait to see it!

03-24-2008, 05:51 PM
Awwww Jamie...you're going to do great! I know it can be daunting and scary but it will all be worth it in the end. Rent a movie, have some dinner and try to relax. It's easier said than done, I know. If I did it at 46 you can do it too! I'll be thinking of you tomorrow and sending you well wishes. Virtual hugs!

03-24-2008, 05:58 PM
Vndy and Geish are right, Jamie ... they both talked me through mine last month, and they were right.

You'll be surprised how quickly things move in the morning - and how many odd things will distract you from worry.

You're gonna be fine, kiddo. Lots of people sending good thoughts your way to banish the things that go bump in the time before ...


03-24-2008, 06:11 PM
One more thing...get those pre op back pictures taken! You won't have another chance after tonight! :D If you didn't bring a camera run go get a disposable one.

03-24-2008, 06:18 PM
LAFF!!!! ... and do NOT try to teach someone how to use a digital camera the morning of surgery!

Jamie, Geish has a valid point - lol ... my "trainee" almost managed to miss my back! Get a camera AND a competent operator :).

03-24-2008, 06:24 PM
Oh yeah, I remember the night before. I think the high point was the self-administered enema. :D

Don't worry about sleep, you'll get lots tomorrow!!!

Everything will be okay. Best wishes to you!

03-24-2008, 06:30 PM
Oh yeah, I remember the night before. I think the high point was the self-administered enema. :D

OMG, Chris ... I'm drying my keyboard now - LMAO!!!

I'm trying to think ... the night before, I just wanted the next DAY to get here because my place was so crammed with people ... look back at my posts from 2/3-2/4 ... I seriously wanted to spend the night alone and take a cab to the Med Center!

The DAY before, my highlight was standing in line at the tax office getting my car tags and handicapped placard thinking "Wow. I won't drive again for weeks ...".

Funny what you miss when you won't be able to or can't ...

(BTW, self-administered enema is on neither of my lists - LOL!. You win :-)

03-24-2008, 06:58 PM
Ohh, good luck Jamie!! I am sure you will be fine!! I will be thinking of you!!!

Linda W
03-24-2008, 07:39 PM
Dear Jamie,

The night before surgery jitters are totally normal. Take the advice of the others who have already posted for you tonight: breath deeply, visualize yourself taller, straighter and smiling with the surgery behind you. If you do not have a mantra, try the one from The Little Blue Engine who went from "I think I can" to "I KNOW I can!" We all KNOW you can! Looking forward to hearing from you on the "other side".

Linda W.

03-24-2008, 07:42 PM
i cant offer much advice, but everything everyone has said ;) You have so many people wishing you well, so enjoy your night :) and get a picture take n :D

03-24-2008, 08:22 PM
Jamie-- it's so hard that "night before"-- but morning will come soon and you'll do fine. Your long wait is almost over! I'll be praying for you tomorrow. Sending hugs and warm wishes to you.

03-24-2008, 08:47 PM
Dear Jamie,

Sending good wishes, thoughts, and prayers your way.


03-24-2008, 09:07 PM
Good Luck Jamie. I will be looking for your post-op stories. Everyone is right, you are going to want pictures.


03-24-2008, 09:14 PM
Another Good Luck coming your way Jamie!!! Your young and strong and you'll be back on this forum in no time dishing out advice to others that it is all so worth it!!!!!
Prayers and thoughts are with you for a very speedy recovery!!!!

Cyber hugs

03-24-2008, 09:28 PM
Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts. I just got finished having my sister take my pictures of my back. She did a great job, and I love having the digital camera because you can make sure the pictures come out right. We had to take a couple of redos. I am about to make a list of things for my mom to take care of in case I am unable to tell her later, I am sure I will be very loopy. I will post again as soon as I can " from the other side ".

03-24-2008, 09:29 PM
YOU CAN DO IT!!!!! We are all rooting for you and sending you lots of positive thoughts and well wishes! I'm looking forward to hearing from you from the "other side".

All the best to you,

03-24-2008, 09:40 PM
I will post again as soon as I can " from the other side ".

And, Jamie ... you never know how soon the "other side" will be here - LOL!

Maria, Vndy, and FeliciaFeliciaFelicia (Trulyaries) all kept trying to get me off the phone when I called them the afternoon/evening of the day I had surgery.

"You're supposed to be resting!!! You just had surgery!!! Get off the phone!!! ...

"Awwww, man ... c'mon, y'all, I'm BORED!!!" ...

03-25-2008, 12:29 AM
good luck - wish you the best!

03-25-2008, 12:43 AM
Hope all goes well. Will be thinking of you.

03-25-2008, 05:20 AM
Good luck Jamie - we will be thinking of you!


03-25-2008, 08:28 AM

My thoughts and prayers are for YOU today. God bless you.