Surgery is such a common occurrence these days that it is possible you or someone you know will have surgery in the near future. As I find myself in that category, I thought I’d offer some useful tips for both the patient and friends and family.
To the patient first –
- My best advice is to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible regarding the type of surgery you will undergo. The more you know, the less you will worry. The fear of the unknown is a terrible thing.
- Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- Prepare your household (stock up on groceries, make sure things are taken care of in advance that usually rely on your efforts.)
- Pay all bills and make sure spouse knows where important papers are.
- Pamper yourself a little.
- Pray and leave the surgery in God’s hands.
- Relax. Before you know it, the surgery will be history and you’ll be on the road to recovery!
To friends & family –
- Ask your friend or family member how you can best offer assistance.
- Plan to prepare a simple meal to drop off after surgery. (Don’t linger. They need rest and are likely in pain.)
- Offer to do light grocery shopping.
- Write a thoughtful get well card. (Everyone loves to be thought of, especially when they’re not feeling up to par.)
- Give a little thinking of you gift. (lip balm, lotion, word search puzzle book, etc.)
- Pray for their healing, comfort and peace during this time.
I hope this was helpful. If you’d like to add any tips, please leave a comment.
Here’s wishing all of us a healthy year!