Some tips and comments and observations from my experience at Stanford. Hope it helps in the prep for others. In no particular order:
- I thought the machine for the MRV was much louder at Stanford than the one I am used to at home
- the time designated for surgery is actually 2 hrs before the actual surgery begins.
- I had great results from taking a probiotic. My understanding is that antibiotics can cause stomach/digestive problems, as can the pain killers, and since they are pumping us up with antibiotics, taking a probiotic can be real helpful.
- they pump you up with liquids through an IV all night long in the hospital, so you pee all night long. I had the impression from the morning nurse that the qty of liquid they gave me was really high and she cut it in half. So if you are up every hour, you may want to ask them to check it.
- if you want to have your phone with you in the recovery room, don't disclose it is a valuable as then they have to send it to the safe. Instead, leave it in the eye glass case they give you in the bag to keep your clothes.
- I tried to eat whenever I could after the surgery, lots of saltines, and that seemed to help.
- And I packed for the trip with special attention to things that would provide comfort. For example, I packed my iPod with music and podcasts that I would enjoy or find soothing, and I listened to it all night long in the hospital. I also brought lots of those bar things to eat so I could have something as soon as it was ok after the fast, as soon as I realized that I didn't like a hospital meal, etc.
Random thoughts, but I hope they help!