Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Forewarned Is Forearmed (but not Half an Octopus)

My surgery is this Thursday. I am feeling kind of nervous about it, because it is something new and scary and painful.

I went to the surgery center on Friday, and they explained to me how things worked. They also provided me with a list of things I'm supposed to do, like I'm not allowed to take any pain killers except Tylenol before the surgery, and I have to remove all jewelry, including my wedding rings, and leave them at home. Jeff has to stay in the vicinity during the whole thing, but he can keep Vinny there with him and concentrate on watching him instead of worrying about me. They give him one of those pager things like they give you at restaurants, that light up and vibrate when your table is ready (or, in this case, when your wife is ready to go home).

It helped me to feel a little less nervous to have all the rules and procedures explained to me. I was glad that they took the time to do that.

6 comments:

BassFishingDem said...

I'm glad to hear that last part as it seems many in my profession are talking less to patients in this manner, or at least there are a lot of people out there with bad doctor-patient relationships. They are supposed to have those conversations and trained to do so. I love being able to bring that kind of ease to a person's mind in a scary situation like that. I love talking things out with patients whenever possible. Do not be afraid to actively ask them questions. Many just nod their head and go. All the best.

Ginger said...

Forearmed! ha love the pun

rachel said...

Good luck, sweetie! And if you never return, we'll help Jeff avenge you. ;-)

Susie & Mike said...

Good luck with the surgery - and I hope your arm feel much better afterwards!

Jane said...

Good luck! Hope the surgery goes well!

Laura said...

good luck!!