Surgery Coming Up? Be Prepared

Nobody out there enjoys going into surgery. But, you’ll enjoy the results. You’ll be better, feel better. The nerves will vanish as soon as you wake up. It’s not a nice experience but you can make it better for yourself by being prepared. This includes if it’s not yourself going under but instead a loved one, like a child or a parent. Sometimes they might not be in the right headspace to organise things for themselves. Here are a few tips to help you ensure things go a little more smoothly. Everyone is different. You might cope differently to others. Your surgery might be huge, or it might be superficial. Whatever the case, this can be your starting point.

Make It Easier On Yourself

Whatever the surgery, you need to make it easier on yourself as best as possible. Again, this depends on what kind of surgery you’re going into. If it’s superficial you can consider lignocaine patches to make it a little easier afterwards. If you’re going into serious surgery, make sure you read the leaflets. Stay away from the online forums and just go by what the doctor is telling you otherwise you’re going to just end up working yourself up over something you have no control over. Make it easier on yourself by doing the logical things, and by not panicking.

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Get Someone To Look After The Kids

Only if possible. If you’re going into surgery, or your partner is, consider asking for help with the kids. This just makes the whole recovery process a lot easier. You’ll get time for yourself, time to rest up where needed. Finding people to look after the kids isn’t always easy. You might be able to look to parents, or friends. You might consider professional healthcare. It’s certainly worth thinking about if you’re going under surgery. Recovery times vary too, so you might be okay and back up on your feet in no time. However, if not, looking after kids, especially really young kids, can be incredibly taxing. 

Be Honest With Work

Don’t tell them you’ll be back sooner than you think. Don’t give them false promises. Just be straight up with them about the surgery you’re going into and about how long you’re going to need to recover. If you have a good boss, or work for a good company, this won’t be a problem. If this is a major problem then you’ve got yourself into a situation whereby you may need legal help or at the very least help from human resources. Everyone has a recommended recovery time, but the reality is people are different and may recover at different rates. If this is the case, speak to your doctor or surgeon and ask them to give you another fit note or to speak to your boss directly, not that you should have to. Also, don’t force yourself back if you don’t need to be back. Don’t act like you’re doing them a favour as you just may end up ill again and off work. Take your time.

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