Snowflake Posted June 29, 2005 Share Posted June 29, 2005 Tips to make it go easier - (it's as easy as A-B-C) Ask for the drugs when it hurts! Be nice to the nurses, they are your link to drugs....and baths...and visitors Call your General Practitioner and see about anti-anxiety medication or sleeping pills - you need to sleep BEFORE the surgery Don't jump to cancer conclusions until you know for sure Exercises - breathing exercises after surgery Find a person to be your advocate, to go to all appointments and take notes Get acquainted with your spiritual side, you'll be visiting Help your doctor help you, follow all instructions and ask questions if you aren't clear Ignore cancer statistics - they're outdated and dismal Just try to relax Kid around Laugh - it feels better to hurt when you're laughing than to just hurt Make the most of every day Never give up Obtain what you need to get you through (mentally/emotionally/physically) Promise yourself you'll get better Quit procrastinating Rely on others - healing takes some time Strength - you have it, find out how to get to it Teddy Bear - to hold when you cough, sneeze or laugh Understand you won't be back to 100% a week after the surgery Value the talent your doctors have, but seek others if you aren't happy Waiting is the hardest part Xrays for the rest of your life (or so it seems) You CAN do it Zen - that inner peace, again... Seriously, though, it hurts. One of the most painful surgeries there is, no doubt. Take the medication in the hospital, you are NOT a wimp if you need pain medication. Be nice to the nurses, they control the "temperature" of your stay - "please" and "thank you" go a long way. If you are getting bad care (i.e. a blood draw where they can't reach a darn vein) ask for someone else. Deep breathing and relaxation techniques help. Don't expect to sleep comfortable on your "normal side" anytime soon. Laughing hurts, coughing hurts, sneezing is a real bit*h...but laugh when you can, humor helps. Blood coming from anywhere is bad - let someone know immediately. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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