Peggy Huddleston's book contains quite a bit of info on just what we actually 'hear' when we're in coma or under anesthesia. There are a number of drs/med personnel who believe our auditory system doesn't go to sleep and recommends that those in operating room give you positive reinforcement while you're 'out'. In that light, I've been trying to get in touch with anesthesia group. You get whoever is on the rotation but I've been able to weasel out of them the person who'll be my guy and he is supposed to call me today. I'm anxious to talk to him and he can think I'm crazy or not, I'm still going to tell him to expect I'll be hearing whatever is said during the surgery. I bought extra copies of Peggy's book to give to my dr and to the Anesthesia group. Trying to educate as many people as possible.
My surgery is coming up on April 1 and am preparing for it and trying to keep positive thoughts. Got Peggy Huddleston's book "Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster' and the CD set with her radio interview and relaxation guide. I was particularly interested to learn that our auditory systems never go to sleep, regardless of anesthesia levels or coma! She recommends requesting those in operating room give you positive messages during your surgery. (you're doing well, you'll have little pain in recovery, etc.). I am, however, getting some resistance on that,anesthesiologists not even assigned until day before surgery. I am, however, persisting with my request to meet that person. My theory ... you'll have my life in your hands and I think I deserve a meeting in advance. I have also ordered copies of her book for the hospital and my doctor and plan to deliver them next week. Highly recommend it if you're like me and have a hard time keeping the 'I'm gonna die' thoughts from creeping into your brain! They'll probably assume I'm a pushy old broad but, at 73, that doesn't really bother me. I cannot fathom why anyone in the health professions would be resistant to learning anything that might help patients survive surgery and have a less painful and faster recovery.
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Wow! How great to have so many new friends, all wih positive thoughts! Thaks to everyone, even from Scotland! That's where some of my ancestors originated (I've been working on genealogy). My family from Scotland is St. Clair.
Ordered the Peggy Huddleston book and CD from Amazon. Sounds like it must be very helpful. I'm not big on painkillers and, with all the stuff going on with me and the meds I'm taking, I hope to get off a lot of it after the surgery and don't particularly want to add a bunch of pain killers to the mix if it's not absolutely necessary.
Trying to think positive and thinking FUTURE, we bought a little, used, tent trailer last week. Over the yrs we've had a motorhome & 27' trailer but sold them. The tent one is just a little guy but has 2 doubles & one single bed and good enough for weekends and/or short trips with duaghter & granddaughter. Has all that we need including little fridge, stove and (Most importantly) a porta-potty and shower! My hubby has a F-250 pickup and I have a '05 Ford Escape so we can pull it with either one.
I'm also planning veggie & herb gardens we plant every year. Hope to have some seeds started and growing before surgery on 4/1. My adult granddaughter and oldest great-grandson are planning to visit from MO during days before/after surgery. I'm thinking FUTURE!
After what seemed to be a interminably long period (actually 3 mos.), I finally got to meet my surgeon. My cardologist was trying to stretch out the period, from the date of my stroke (11/11/09) to the surgery, as far as possible. From first meeting and operating out of gut feel (my usual), I think I like him. His name is S. Scott Huerd, young and very friendly, willing to discuss everything with me and answer all my questions. He stressed how safe the surgery would be (1 in 100 mortality rate), we discussed types of valves and that he will try to repair before actual replacement if needed. May also do MAZE procedure to try to correct atrial fib. He also stressed that I need to 'lighten up' and not approach the procedure with negative ideas & thoughts. I've been pretty darned depressed over the months since my stroke & diagnosis. HE gave me the latitude to choose the date of surgery so, in that spirit, I chose April Fool's Day! I am not the world's great journal keeper, never had a diary as a kid either, but will try and update this and/or ask Wendi & Alex to do it for me after the surgery so stay tuned! Maybe Alex can take some hospital pix ... that ought to be interesting!