Hello Denise and Joy,
Thank you so much! Yes, I do live an hour from a bigger city. I will have my surgery in Indianapolis and while I don't live there, my parents do - so I will stay with them the first week post-op for the x-mas holiday and return home (I want to be in my own house with my sweet doggy). I have MANY friends who are able and willing to help me out.
Since I work for a university, I am having my surgery during winter break. I will have 3 solid weeks off before I return to work. I have not a single plan during that time, other than to rest and let my body start the process of healing.
While I will technically be returning to work full time at the 3 week mark - since I am salary, basically if I can make it 4 hours, that counts as a full day "technically" and my colleagues and supervisor are all completely supportive. I am a little worried because I teach a class - but my plan is to just lecture sitting down if I need to.
I am someone who wants every ounce of information possible. I actually watch a video of the surgery online last Friday during my lunch hour. Yeah, I know not everyone can do that. I laughed out loud when the surgeon said, "This guy doesn't have the largest fundus ever" as he is careful not to pull it too tight.
I am sure that I will continue to post as it gets closer and as I begin my recovery. I have been lucky that I am currently not experiencing the heartburn side of GERD that much now -- it's just when I hit a pothole when driving I basically choke as everything shoots up. Not pleasant!