I was having my weekly one-on-one meeting with my manager today, and he asked how my concentration was with a week to go. The answer of course is that it sucks. It's hard to concentrate on any one thing for very long.
That got me to thinking about stress, because people ask me if I'm stressed as well, but I'm not. I do have a great deal of anxiety though. I think stress is something I can generally manage and process. Stress is the "weight of the world" stuff that puts pressure on you. Anxiety is forthcoming events of a risky or intense nature. I'm not sure how to process that. And while I don't think stress triggers the IBS, anxiety certainly does.
It's weird though that the anxiety is not rooted in being a parent, it's rooted in the surgery and what I perceive as those three or four scary hours. I think I'll be good to go after that.