Surgery can be a terrifying experience to those who’ve never had to go “under the knife”. My first experience with surgery was beyond overwhelming. Luckily, I overcame my fears and settled my mind through proper preparation. Being ready for surgery is no easy task but may not be as difficult as you may think.
These simple tips will help you settle your mind and calm any fears you may have for during and after your surgery. Not only will these tips keep your mind settled but also your lifestyle. These tips will help you manage your entire life around your surgery experience.
1) Finances It is obvious that before surgery, you will have to coordinate appropriate time off with your employer. Many company’s are understanding of these issues and will work with you. If you’ve not been employed long enough to have vacation time or sick days to use, there will be no income in your recovery time. Be sure to save up enough money before your surgery. In most non-emergency cases, you’re given a few weeks to plan. Ensure you save enough to keep your home life steady.
2) Supervision and Care In the days (sometimes weeks) after surgery, a patient should not be left alone. There should be someone home with the patient at all times. I was unable to walk myself to the bathroom or get off the couch. I had to have someone make my meals and even help me in and out of the shower. Do not assume you can do these things alone. If you fall you could aggravate the surgery’s progress and experience worse injury or even have a fatal outcome. Get a family member or dear friend to look after you. Perhaps in shifts, these people will be able to take care of you.
3) Recovery Before surgery ask your doctor about things you need to do for home care. From simple ice packs or heating pads to diet, there is no such thing as asking too much. Ensure that you heal properly and in a timely fashion by ensuring you’re doing all you can at home to care for yourself.
4) Family and Friends It is understandable that you do not want those closest to you to worry. They’ll only worry more if they’re not made aware of the situation and updated constantly. I took to Facebook to keep my friends posted on my recovery to keep their minds at ease. This will also eliminate any stress that company might have on you during recovery by letting them know when you’re ready or not ready for visitors.
Surgery shouldn’t be as terrifying as it sounds. Proper preparation is key to overcoming your fears and doubts. Surgeons are trained professionals and know what is best for you. Listen to your doctor and be mindful of these tips. You will be fine in no time at all if you prepare for your surgery properly.