While going through life, did you ever pause for a moment and think, ‘This is not what I signed up for?’ This thought could be applied to anything from health trials, careers, marriage, kids – you name it. Life does not come with a manual. We can never be fully prepared for the unexpected of what the new day may bring. However, we can choose to try our best, give it our all, because “When the mind is backed by will, miracles happen.”
My will to get better and recover from my two back surgeries this month remains strong. During my hospital stays, I was reminded how a simple gesture such as the touch of a hand, a warm embrace, or a few kind words can have the greatest impact when facing and recovering from surgery. I was fortunate to have had an outstanding team of surgeons, doctors, nurses and technicians that took care of me. Today I want to thank all of those in the medical field, acknowledge my exceptional team, and express how the smallest actions make the world of difference to patients.
When I’m prepped for surgery, finding a vein and successfully placing an IV is usually the most difficult task. I was blessed to have had two outstanding nurses in the pre-surgery room that placed my IV on their first attempt. It was a welcome gesture that reduced my stress level, immensely. Once I was wheeled into the operating room, everyone was in their gowns and masks and getting everything prepared for my surgery. I took a deep breath and began to feel anxious. One of the women in the room smiled at me and gave me a quick yet gentle rub on my head as she passed by. It felt like something a loved one would have done and just what I needed at that moment.
My surgeon held my hand and told me that everything was going to be ok and that this second surgery would be the last one. I began to get emotional and he gave me a warm embrace and stayed by my side and continued to hold my hand until the anesthesiologists put me to sleep. Since my second surgery was two weeks after my first operation, I was comforted by all of the familiar faces. I can’t compliment the nurses enough. They were fantastic. Their genuine care and concern for my healing was uplifting in my time of need. I greatly appreciated all of the conversations shared with my nurses and the fun banter with everyone.
These are just a few snippets of my hospital stay to share the great impact that everyone had on my surgery experience. This thoughtfulness can apply outside of the healthcare world and in our normal lives. A simple gesture can go a long way. Although I would not sign up for the health trials that I am facing, I continue to find the bright spots, learn from each experience, thank those that play a big part in helping me along this journey, maintain my strong will to survive, and give it my all because I am lucky to be alive.
“Health is a continuum and we work with what we have and care for our bodies and minds and hearts as best we can and if we stay grateful for what we have rather than wallow in what is lost then we have won the battle.”
“Trust you journey…even the detours and delays.”
Please share simple gestures that have made a big impact in your life.