I'm getting a little anxious as the workweek is winding down. I plan to be off work for 4 weeks. I doubt I need this much time off, but screw it, I'm taking it! I have not taken a full week off work in about 3 years and this is a good excuse to take that break and get refreshed. I have prepped my job to handle life without me for a few weeks. Hopefully the place doesn't fall apart in my absence. You know, I think the whole "prep time" for surgery doesn't get the acknowledgement it deserves. I have been prepping for weeks to be ready. Between making sure my work situation is stable for me to leave, there are tons of factors that I needed to address. Being that I live in NYC and own a car for one! In NYC you have to alternate side park, which means moving your car daily so you don't get towed or get tickets. Now I know this sounds like a pain in the ass, but I park in a garage for work, so typically this isn't an issue for me. But planning to be off work for 4 weeks... that is a whole different story. So I've made arrangements for my friend to babysit my car. I've suspended parking at my job for the 4 weeks I'll be out so I don't get charged the typical $48/week to park. This process is a project in and of itself. I need to get my butt to the hospital the day of surgery, so for the first time in ages, my spoiled ass will be riding the subway. Imagine that, riding the subway to get surgery. Kind of funny to think about.
Aside from the car business, there is shopping to do for supplies post-surgery, there is laundry to be sure I'm not trying to lift crazy heavy items and so I have clean undies. There is house cleaning to do, nothing like a dirty shower to contaminate my freshly operated on belly! There is the time out with human resources to arrange. All this stuff takes time and energy. Now I'm not complaining, but I AM a full time worker and also going to school. That's right, add on to the list, make arrangements with my professors to get some leeway with deadlines the week of surgery. The list never seems to end!