I learned a lot in the last 7 days, and I wanted to share a few of these lessons.
- Facing any procedure, no matter how major or minor, is much scarier once you are a parent. The night before surgery I couldn't stop thinking about what I would want the twins to know if I failed to wake up after anesthesia. Depressing, yes, but part of every parent's reality. I cannot imagine parenting with a chronic illness that required continuous treatment...
- Fasting for approximately 36 hours when breastfeeding twins is hell. I have never felt so physically terrible. I would rather have to have a layover in the Atlanta airport for every flight for the rest of my life than do that again....that's how bad it was.
- Recovering from anesthesia is actually a skill that you can improve. I have famously told nurses I was going to die post-surgery. After being put to sleep four times in four years, I now wake up ready for chicken fingers.
- When in a hospital, always order chicken fingers. They are always your safest option. And ignore the nurse who says you have to order a liquid tray first.
- Good babysitters are a true treasure. Two of our fabulous sitters kept the twins on surgery day from 6:30 a.m. until after 7:00 p.m. Not having to worry about whether the babies were okay made the day oh so much easier.
- If you are lucky enough to have a spouse or partner who treats your health as a team sport, be thankful. A trip to a hospital is a stark reminder of just how grateful you should be for your support system. I am so, so blessed to have Andrew as my partner in this crazy life.