4 Ways To Distract Yourself Before Surgery
This is going to be my first and last blog post for the week due to surgery on Wednesday.
So, I've been waiting, oh, about four or five years for a surgery to see what is going on and why I am in so much pain all of the time. Pain leads to dizziness, the dizziness leads to passing out. Happens at least three or four times a day. I saw, oh, at least three or four gynecologists to ask them to see what's going on. I've been to the emergency room, too many times to count. They think I'm a drug seeker, and all I want is to be out of pain.
But no gynecologist would do it. I finally found one, but there was a stipulation that I go on Lupron (which I do not recommend to anybody) for a few rounds, I was supposed to do six, but only ended up with four because I could not handle the side effects which included raging migraines, horrid joint pain (I'm walking with a cane now), not to mention memory loss.
Finally my current gynecologist agreed to a surgery. And it's happening this week, Wednesday to be precise. I've had laparoscopies before, usually in and out. But the way she talked to me, she seems that she is going to be thorough. She's even having two doctors in there with her. To say I'm not nervous would be a horrid lie. I am. She went over the risks, and then I had to watch a program that kept saying over and over and over "There's a risk of death." Okay, cool, well now I'm totally pumped for this. Anyway, I thought I would create a post that would possibly help others going through what I am, that is, the surgery jitters. I know that I am going to employ these myself.
1. Bring Your Phone/Tablet/Book
Yes, yes, I know what they say. But you have to have someone with you when you go home anyway because of the general anesthesia you were put under. So that person can take your stuff when it is time for surgery. Around here, they have you come two hours early, and a lot of it is just wating. That can compound the stress if you just sit there and think. So keep a distraction with you, whether it's your phone, tablet, or a book.
2. Make A List Of Topics To Talk About
Chances are, a family member will be in pre-op waiting with you before you go to surgery. So why not talk? It can be anything from current events to that cute kitten video you saw on Youtube yesterday. Keep your mouth moving so your mind doesn't have a chance to catch up and start freaking out. I would stay away from hot-button topics like religion and politics, we don't want to raise our blood pressure.
3. Bring Music
Music is soothing, it can take you to another place in your mind. It's calming and has a relaxing effect on the listener. So, if you have an MP3 player, or even just your phone, bring it. Listen to some of your favorite tunes, relax while you are waiting. Again, this can be left with the person bringing you home.
You may not be able to bring your computer with you, but that doesn't mean you can't bring good old fashioned pen and paper! If you have blog ideas, write them down! Or even start a blog post! Bounce ideas off of the family member with you, ask them for ideas! You can never have too many blog post ideas, am I right?!
See you guys after recovery!