When the hospital assigned me a surgery date and time two weeks after my consult, I was relieved.
Then I realized that it was our wedding anniversary!
And then I did math, and realized it was our 15th anniversary! Fifteen seems quite like a lot, doesn't it?
I can't remember if we promised each other sickness and health til death us do part.
Probably? We went simple but fairly traditional.
Although in truth I didn't actually think about it that way until I really thought about it.
Yes, it's true that I no longer joke about stabbing you in front of you, because it upsets you, but you know I don't fully trust women who don't admit to occasionally feeling this way.
But most of the time I go through life with the approach that you and I will be together until one of us is no longer here in corporal form.
I just didn't think we'd be confronted with more than your deviated septum and Achilles heel business for quite some time to come.
Breast cancer was definitely not on my Bingo card. (I shot the clerk?)
At least neither of us are terribly sentimental about our wedding anniversary. I loved our wedding so much, you'd think I'd be into the anniversary.
I don't think we've ever exchanged gifts for it, have we? Not even a wee vacuum cleaner or bread knife. (I do love my birthday bread knife. Such a good one.)
Still, it seems auspicious, if surgery can be considered so, to do something life-saving on a big anniversary.
A friend recently asked if you were a breast man, and I was like, maybe he'd like to be? But if that were a top priority for a person, I wouldn't be the woman for them.
Still, when I decided to get implants, you did sneak in that the only regret you'd ever heard from friends who'd had implants was that they should've gone bigger.
At which point I was like, "Maude is coming to the plastic surgeon appointment with me."
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous, because it's a big surgery. And I've never had general anesthesia. I've never been intubated.
I saw my dad intubated plenty of times, but those were always under emergency circumstances.
I love my surgeon, and I feel confident that it will go fine. But still.
India asked if I was scared, and I said that what I'm most scared of is not being able to do things for myself. The hospital is amazing, and the surgeons are fantastic.
I asked her what she was scared of, and first she said she was afraid of me losing a boob. I told her that was the whole point. But I'm getting new ones!
She's scared of something going wrong. She's scared of losing me.
I told her that's not going to happen. Because it's not.
Me, I'm scared of not being able to take care of myself.
Pain sucks, but I can handle it. We're getting Hulu so I can binge Buffy.
But I am so used to doing all of the everything.
My only frame of reference for surgery is my C-section, the recovery from which was horrendous. But since this one does not involve the severing of my abdominal muscles, and because I won't also have a new baby to care for, this should be less traumatic.
Still, and obviously, this is not how I'd choose to spend our anniversary.
In high school, when we did the play Our Town, our parents wept. I played Emily, the female lead, and of course, I thought it was our stellar acting abilities making them cry.
But now I understand that we were just too young to really get it. Adults, who'd lived through so much more than we had, who'd experienced time going by too fast, who'd lost loved ones, felt the message.
In the last act, Emily, who has died young, has the opportunity to go back for a day and visit loved ones, so she can move on from the living. And she wants to pick a special day.
The advice she's given is, "Choose the least important day in your life. It will be important enough."
It's easy, for me at least, to find our daily lives prosaic. Sometimes I long for adventure. Something to shake things up.
But then something comes along and shakes things up.
And reminds me that I like the safety and comfort of routine.
I so wish this 15th anniversary could just be a normal day, where you make me tea in the
morning, and we text each other our Wordle scores, and you come home
late and walk Wanda for the night, and then we sit on the couch and watch an episode of Midsomer
Murders with our running commentary.
Instead, we'll be arriving at the hospital at 5:30 am, and I'll be in surgery at 7:30.
When I asked my breast surgeon in the consult if it would take a long time to get on her schedule, she gestured at my chest and said, "Your breasts are very small. It'll take an hour. I can fit this surgery in easily."
Like, with my small boobs, we could squeeze this all in between a Starbucks run and a manicure!
And in fact, my total surgery is 150 minutes. Then a couple hours in the recovery room, and then home. Where you can wait on me hand and foot. Hurrah!
Happy silicone anniversary, sweetie!