So you have your surgery date booked, you’re happy with your surgeon. Now its time to do your own preparation. Being ready, healthy and prepared is the best way to go into any surgery, it helps reduce anxieties, stress and improve overall mental attitude. Here are some tips of things I’m currently doing to prepare ;
1. Do your homework
Those who feel the most informed and most prepared are the ones that approach surgery day with confidence. Do not research to the point of raising your anxieties, everyone knows most people post horror stories. But try and Inform yourself with positive stories, as a reminder that you are on the right track. Reach out to others on Instagram and surgery forums (http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php) Is a good one. This will help you gain as much practical information as possible. These people have been there, they know how you feel and not only will they give you useful tips and insight, but they will give you that reassurance everything will be fine.
Before your operation date, being organised is the key in avoiding any other unnecessary hurdles that could be avoided after surgery. Any bank, doctors, dentist, eye appointments you have due, or have been avoiding, get them booked in and done. Also any medication you need whilst you are off, ask your doctor for, or sign up and register for repeat prescriptions on https://pharmacyoutlet.co.uk
3. Get Organised
I am a list freak. I write lists for work, for shopping, for everything . Not only does it help me stay organised, but it gets my messy thoughts out of my head and onto paper. Its a great way to offload. Making a list of things you need to do before surgery is key. It will keep your anxieties at bay and things will run a lot smoother. I am currently writing a list of healthy meal plans I will be buying before the surgery that i can prep before hand. ( as I sit here eating mince pies )
If like me your surgery is going to make you a couch potato for some time, your going to need some good entertainment. Books, Box sets, puzzles, crosswords, podcasts, music, what ever your idea of entertainment is, get it bought/downloaded before hand. Personally signing up to Netflix will be my source of entertainment. That TV series you’ve not had time to get round to watch. Now is the time. Iv been told i must watch Game of Thrones, along with ‘Pretty little liars’ and Suits, so they are on the list.
Pre-order any books you’ve been dying to read. Personally I have ordered a couple of light heartened books; Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keys are great for this, they provide some light escapism, keeping my thoughts light and positive is key for me.
5. Support Network
Having a support network of people around you is something I feel grateful to have, having these key people around after a surgery or any kind of recovery is so helpful. Making sure you talk through with someone what you will need, e.g a drive home from hospital, help with every day tasks, walking the dog . Asking for help can be difficult, Iv always felt this ingrained feeling that I dont want to burden people with my stuff ,or bother people. But my job and other experiences has made me realise how much we need one another. So don’t be afraid to ask. Talk through any worries you may be having with a friend, family member or parent. If you are feeling very anxious, having people to talk to can reduce those fears.
If you do not have a support network around for what ever reasons, tell your surgeon this, they can arrange some home care for the practical side of things and also refer to point 1 above. Its amazing how supportive strangers who have been through the same thing, will support you in an emotional way.