Surgery – What to Pack for the Hospital

A lot of people ask me what they should take to the hospital and I’m never sure how to answer. We are all different and have different needs, but that’s not very helpful, so I’ll give it my best shot. Clothes I don’t normally bring much because I am hot …

Surgery – What to Do Before

Get Healthy No matter what your condition, nor your type surgery, eating well and exercising will only help with your recovery. Talk to your doctor though. This is not the time to train for a marathon, or go on a cleanse. Your body is vulnerable. Ask your doctor what type of …

So You Need Surgery – Preparing Family and Friends

First you’ve gotten your head around the fact that you need surgery, and what that entails. Then you’ve figured out what you need and want in order to get through it all. Now it’s time to tell others. Family Your family is going to be worried. Whether they show it …

So You Need Surgery – Preparing Your Home

What Do You Need? Every time I have had surgery my needs were slightly different, and they depended largely on both my circumstances and the terms of my recovery. Will someone be with me or will I be alone? Did I live in a house with stairs, or an apartment …

So You Need Surgery – Preparing Yourself

The Hardest Part – My Emotions So the hardest part of facing surgery for me is the “Here we go again” syndrome. I feel overwhelmed by everything that is to come. Many feel overwhelmed because they don’t know what to expect; I am not sure which is better. Because it …

So You Need Surgery – The Hospital Screening

Be Prepared for Lots of Questions Before surgeries, I am always asked to go into the hospital for a pre-operative interview.  This meeting is often done in multiple parts and can take several hours.  Depending on the hospital, you may not see anyone from your medical team at this time; sometimes …

So You Need Surgery – Meeting the Surgeon

Do I have to have surgery? I have never had to have emergency surgery, so my first step has always been my doctor or the emergency room (depending on which circumstances) referring me to a specialist to determine if surgery was the best solution. Surgeons will usually feel surgery is …

So You Need Surgery – Now What?

My First Reaction When I’ve found out I need surgery; I am always upset. It’s not so much the surgery as it is everything before and after. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think anyone likes surgery, except maybe the surgeon, but it’s a blip on the radar compared to everything …