Prepare for surgery, Heal Faster book notes
This book is available from Amazon here.
Relaxation CD available here.
Huddleston, Peggy. Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster: A Guide of Mind-Body Techniques (Kindle Locations 123-124). Angel River Press. Kindle Edition.
Step 1: Relax to feel peaceful
- make a daily habit of a reliable technique to peace yourself out, get “in the zone” – visualization, meditation, relaxation CD, etc.
- release emotions, karmic knots (astrology), especially hostility
- strengthens the immune system
- shifts SNS activity to PNS
- start with a deep breath
- imagine yourself in an ideal place or state
- imagine tension draining away
- imagine someone easy to love (pet)
- love strengthens the Solar force, take time to be in a feeling of love every day
Step 2: Visualize your healing
- focus on the healed outcome of the operation
- describe, draw a picture of the healed result
- create a beautiful image (ex: pink, strong tendons securely attached to my shoulder bone)
- when worries about the surgery come up, switch them to the picture of your healed outcome
- give the image a feeling
- let an image of your ____ appear
- ask it: what are you feeling?
- what is causing you to feel that way?
- what comforting feeling do you want me to give you?
- what color is the feeling?
- how many times a day do you want me to give you this feeling?
- make peace with the procedure, release the part with love and gratitude
- if you think there may be a lesson in your illness, ask the part
- why are you sick?
- what are you trying to tell me?
- what’s out of balance in my life?
- what is causing the problem?
- what comforting feeling or emotion do you want me to give you?
- visualize the first end result
- telling a friend or family member how comfortable you are feeling after you have left the recovery room.
- Feel soft pillows behind your shoulders. see friends, family who will visit you in your room. Feel their love for you and yours for them.
- Hear them asking “how are you feeling?” hear yourself saying “I am comfortable.”
- visualize the second end result
- a scene that means you are recovering well
- “my hip feels strong” – going for a walk
- doing (activity you love), feeling strength in the part of your body that is healing.
- someone you love in the scene
- imagine, feel it happening as if in the present
- visualize the third end result
- you are completely healed, doing something you love
- a scene that holds your passion
- include all 5 senses in the scene
- visualize throughout the day
- every time you start to worry, change the channel – take 1 minute to imagine your 3rd end result. be persistent about this.
- as you go to sleep, tell your body, “all night, while I am sleeping, healing is taking place.”
Step 3: Organize your support group
- have 2-3 friends remotely support you
- “let your mind go back to a time you felt a lot of love for me. Replay that scene in your mind until you feel the love. When you feel connected to me, as if I were right next to you, wrap me in a (color) blanket of love for 30 minutes, starting around (time):00. (approx 1/2 hour before surgery) (use a colorful, three dimensional image of love)
- can also call on prayer group, supportive friend
- can give relaxation exercises to in-person support people to keep them relaxed, too
- preop can call on massage therapist, reiki, therapeutic touch
- postpone visits with people who drain you until you feel stronger
- some hospitals allow pets
- will you be awake or asleep?
Step 4: Use healing statements
- Give a copy to the surgeon, one to the anesthesiologist at pre-op, third copy to anesthesiologist on day of surgery.
- Arrange in advance for the surgeon, anesthesiologist, or a nurse say the healing statements to you during your operation.
- Following this operation, you will feel comfortable and you will heal very well.
- Repeat 5 times as you are going under anesthesia
- (Include if at risk for excessive bleeding) You will have minimal bleeding during surgery
- Repeat 5 times as surgery begins
- Repeat the following 5 times toward the end of surgery
- Your operation has gone very well. I am pleased with (your new hip).
- Following this operation, you will be hungry for (your favorite drink or light food– tea, chicken soup, apple juice). You will be thirsty and urinate easily. (If no food will be given after, then just say urinate easily)
- Following this operation (explain the physiology of recovery, ask the doctor for specific pointers here)
- Block out OR noise and conversations with calming music, noise canceling headphones, relaxation mp3, etc.
Step 5: Meet the anesthesiologist
- Let them know your plan to calm yourself, will they assist with headset, etc.
- What should you expect to feel with the anesthesia?
- Discuss what the anesthesiologist will say to you as you go under anesthesia. Let them know what type of scene might be most soothing. Give them a copy of your healing statements
- How you would like to be treated – kind words, hand holding, etc.
- Any fears about anesthesia. Address prior bad experiences.
- Request use of healing statements
- Discuss medications and allergies
- Be upfront about use of alcohol, marijuana, drugs
- When should you stop eating or drinking the night before?
- What medications will be available to reduce postoperative discomfort or pain? Will you have patient-controlled analgesia?