Wednesday, January 28, 2015

~*Surgery Prep and the Unexpected*~

How prepared can you be for surgery? Honestly, you are not as prepared as you think you are!



 The Plan:
 Spend 24 hours of nearly pain free time in the hospital before coming home to a stocked up pantry and freezer.  The make-life-easy-for-Mama stuff...like paper plates and poptarts!

The Unplanned:
 Upset tummy when the wee one got home...turns out that the combo of narcotics and anesthesia can cause quite the plumbing backup and once the clog is removed things run much smoother and tummies feel better.

The Completed Unexpected:
Seizures, head injuries, cardiac issues, and additional hospital stays. (True story!)

How to Survive:
 Understand that stress can shut down higher reasoning and cause/effect thinking...i.e..you will be dumb and useless for the entirety of your emergency stay.

Tissues are your friend...you will sob like a fool, blubber like a baby, and your face will be red and swollen....guess what? They've seen it before, you are not the first. 

Push! Advocate! If you feel like you are being passed off because one specialist says he cannot find anything wrong then do not let your child (or self) be released until you are comfortable with what they are saying. Even if it means staying longer to get to the bottom of the mystery.

 Eat! In the midst of the stress, the Doctors, Nurses, and Techs in and out you will forget to feed yourself. Eat! It only adds to your fragile emotional state to be hungry and not know it. Proteins and healthy carbs are your best choice but take what you can get. Do not be afraid to ask the nurses for help...either to watch the kiddo while you peruse the vending machine or to secure you with a variety of snacks. 

If you are a vegetarian or vegan or have food allergies it can be extremely challenging to find appropriate food. If someone offers to bring sustenance take them up on it! Also, visiting hours are not hard/fast rules and can be bent on occasion so do not let the clock determine if someone brings you a meal.

We can plan all we want but God sends us the experiences He believes we need. 

 Proverbs 16:3
Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans. 

  

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