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What do you guys do prior to surgery?

Jan 18, 2016 6:56 PM

I know this might sound stupid or crazy, but what do you guys do to prepare yourselves for surgery/procedures.
I already know that I'm having one tomorrow afternoon(no doubt about it-got bumped up from Thursday per my surgeons request). Not struggling with anxiety so much right now, but just not feeling it.
I don't take anxiety meds or sleep meds(only when I need a Benadryl), but I just feel so alone when I get ready to take that pre-procedure shower that it just hits me.
Any suggestions?

Jan 18, 2016 7:01 PM

Amanda, I do alot of praying, deep breathing and listen to Casting Crowns. I have had several surgeries after my divorce that I was totally alone on, so I talked to God and listed to his love put into a form of a song. I'll be praying for you and if you ever need me I'm here for you! Love, Gentle hugs and Prayer's! πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ˜˜

Jan 18, 2016 7:31 PM

Mopar, great minds think alike. I'm going to be awake for it so I always bring my tablet and headphones and turn up Casting Crowns(Just Be Held or praise you in this storm). As loud as humanly possible for distraction purposes. Been doing some prayer and deep breathing as well and I'm more relaxed at this point.

Jan 18, 2016 9:05 PM

So glad that it helped! I had to do a little deep breathing and praying and music today myself, I am much calmer as well and I didn't have to take anxiety meds, I haven't even filled them yet!

Jan 18, 2016 10:18 PM

I do a lot of deep breathing, chat with the nurses, ask the OR nurse to hold my hand. (My surgeries were different though. I had all of mine done in the OR under general anesthesia and I think the shortest surgery I ever had was 3 hours. If I was alone, there was a girl from pre-op testing that would come hang with me until they took me in. Then after I spoke to the anesthesiologist, I'd ask him to sedate me which he did right before they took me away and then he'd give me more in the OR so I'd be so drugged, I didn't care (or at least wasn't panicking). Then, when the anesthesiologist would say, ok, you're going to sleep now, the nurse would hold my have and say, "Sleep well, I'll be here with you when you wake up." Then, off to sleep I'd go. As far as before all that... I'd panic I the entire week, be sick to my stomach and not be able to eat and couldn't get myself together until I would get in that holding room where you wait for your turn for surgery.. Sorry I couldn't have been more helpful, Amanda, that's all I've got. Hang in there, I'm gonna be with you the whole time via text and I'll help get you through. {{{{Hugs}}}} and prayers for you so that you can find a peaceful place in your mind to keep you calm. πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»πŸ˜

Jan 19, 2016 6:35 AM

Special Prayer's going out to you Amanda, today. I'm here anytime you want to chat. Much love and soothing hugs and pray's! πŸ˜˜πŸ™πŸ’• πŸ‘ͺ remember we are all here holding your hand!

Jan 19, 2016 10:07 AM

Mopar, have a possible answer to one question. Belly pain is possibly a right sided inguinal hernia. PCP said Go to the surgeon so I'm going today.

Jan 20, 2016 7:34 PM

Amanda, I'm just seeing this. Praying everything has gone well for you! πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸŒΌπŸ’•

Jan 20, 2016 9:20 PM

Flappys, my normal surgeon just ignored the issue so I'm going to my 2nd choice tomorrow. I know something is not right, and I refuse to be ignored!!!

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