As of 11/16/2013 I have decided I am ready for OHS!
I wish it were tomorrow just so I could get it over with, but sadly it is not!
This revelation and frustration has lead to a new coping strategy: the Countdown! Not only is my new countdown a daily motivation, it also helps me realize how close I am to getting better! With each day I find new ways to reward myself and the thought of one more day behind is such a relief.
I thought I would share my countdown with you so that you might join with me in my excitement. If you are anticipating surgery as well, and feel as I do, it is a wonderful tool you can use to physically see the change that is ahead. Not only do you have a date, but you have a way of measuring what comes between you and that date. It provides you a time table and shows you what all you can put in your time between now in then.
For me, this countdown has been a tremendous help to my studies. Getting bogged down in the upcoming surgery I was becoming easily distracted, but after using the countdown I have been able to use it as a motivation to get stuff done. "If I finish this, I am one step closer to that surgery and that much more ready for the anesthesiologist to put me under!" Is my new motivational strategy. It works too! Half a book read, 3 papers done, not to mention a whole week of Spanish homework finished and all in one weekend! Don't worry, Its not all studying and exams for me. In the extra days before the surgery I plan to fill my time with incredible Christmas concerts, solo performances, jewelry shopping (for my new heart necklace :) ) special dinners with the family and fun Christmas movies.
So this is the countdown. A way to quantify what stands between you and your surgery and how you can best spend your time to get there!
The Countdown: http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/generic?iso=20131212T08&p0=25&fg1=ff605a&msg=OHS+BABY%21&csz=1&swk=1