Going in for surgery or procedure is stressful and scary. To those who think it’s not stop kidding yourself it is. Though we may not be able to control everything and we may not even have a choice in the matter. One thing we can Control is our mindset going into what is bound to be a stressful experience.
Tip 1: Knowledge is Power
Ask all your questions before hand to the medical team and or Doctor Who is going to be taking care of you. Don’t be afraid to ask these questions a good doctor should be able to make you feel comfortable and answer whatever questions you have in ways that you will understand them. But if you don’t understand something don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. If this is your first surgery let them know that. Most doctors, that I know of in that case will take a little extra time and make sure that you are comfortable not only with the surgery but at the hospital before surgery day. know that no question is a stupid question so ask them all, through this is your first surgery will your 15th you deserve to be involved. From can you provide me a map of the hospital? To does my insurance pay for this, to the kinds of medications they may use during or after surgery, these are all valid questions. And honestly, they probably have heard them all before, remember they have done this even if you haven’t. If there was a question they can’t answer they should be able to point you in the direction to services that can help you.
Tip 2: Your Support System
The support system you have around you before during and after your hospital experience is one of the major parts of why or how this hospital experience is going to turn out good or bad. I’m looking at you Mum. Your friends your family possible nurses that may come in after surgery are all there to help you so let them help you. It is also good to note that “help after surgery”May not look like and does not have to look like a nurse coming in to physically help you with something you physically cannot do, although this may be the case for some. Maybe you have someone come in and make a bulk meal or two for you or maybe you have friends come over and watch movies with you these are things that assist in your recovery just as much as the physical presence of a medical professional. To that end, don’t be afraid to ask for help especially after surgery and the whole point of help is to make your life a little bit easier so try not to push them away or be ungrateful. I know it happens and on many occasions it has happened to me because you feel like you are not recovering fast enough or “you should be able to do this already” just take your time, try not to stress, and know that everyone is rooting for you to get better and they’re trying to make life easier for you so you can do that. Eventually you will be back to your old self and painting the town red in no time.
Tip 3 Have some of Your Favourite Things Around You
After surgery make sure to have a few indulgent items around you your favourite music books foods things that make you feel like yourself again. This is the time you’re allowed to be a little selfish and take an extra long bubble bath I have an extra piece of cake.(Ask your doctor before you leave the hospital if there are any restrictions you should be aware of and then you can plan your recovery with those in mind.) You’ll be surprised how far having some of those things around you whatever they maybe will go to making you feel like yourself again.
Tip 4: Take Your Mind Off Of The Surgery
A few days before or even after surgery take your mind off of what just happened or is going to happen by doing something fun something you enjoy maybe a dinner out with friends, or an outing something that can take you out of the anxious state of i’m going in for surgery, or I have just got out of surgery and now my life has changed. Why take your mind off of it because I guarantee you your friends don’t want to be hearing about it for the 50th time and you don’t want to be obsessing over it to the point of an anxiety attack or making your symptoms even worse. If you can’t do this before surgery then do it after when you’re feeling up to it you can have an “I survived the party” with all your friends and family around you. This should make you feel like the star that you are.
Tip 5: Bring Something From Home With You
whether you were going in for a longer hospital stay or a day surgery I always recommend to bring something from home with you this can make the hospital and hospital room feel more like your own and less like and alien experiment that you just happen to find yourself apart of.
Hospitals and surgery in there for surgery anxiety are going to be a part of most people’s lives at some point or another if you find yourself reading this post maybe it has come up for you now or maybe it will come up for you in the future I hope these five chips help you to create the hospital experience you want but even if everything gets derailed, just know that you are not alone and that we are all rooting for you. Feel better and go into that surgery like pro you are going to rock this.