It's funny that we all get different pre-op instructions. My dr didn't tell me any of this stuff,,,I just used my own common sense! I'm a clean freak anyway, so I was very careful to be as germ free as possible going to hospital. I even took hand sanitizer with me! Even though I was as germ free as possible, part of my pre-op prep at the hospital was to wash with three pre-packaged washcloths. They asked that one I stripped down and before I put on surgical gown, use one to wash arms and torso, one to wash surgical leg and foot and one to wash both legs down to knee. It's part of the hospital's protocol to cut down on the chance of infections. The nurse had warmed them in the autoclave, so they were nice and warm.
I think everyone has different pre-op instructions other than Cinder and myself (same doctor, same hospital). Shower tonight with antibacterial soap, climb into clean pjs and clean sheets. tomorrow am take a second antibacterial shower.
I am putting a few things in a bag to take with me (actually leave in the car and my husband can get later) of my glasses, cell phone and bathrobe. This will be the third surgery for this robe and is very comfortable.
The morning of my sugery, I was very calm and lots of folks posted the same experience. Once you are at the hospital, the pre-op routines will keep you distracted. Try to get some sleep tonight, and let us know how it goes when you are up to it. You will be on your way to a new foot, yea!! Best wishes!!!
__________________ Jan 18, 2013: PTT transfer, peroneal longus to brevis tendon transfer, calcaneal osteotomy with medial slide, plantar fascia release