When facing surgery, even minor surgery, I try to focus on something other than the reality of what’s ahead. You’ve heard it before.
Laughter is the best medicine.
The physical effects of laughter: it boosts your energy, strengthens your immune system, and protects you from the damage of stress. It decreases pain, decreases stress hormone levels, and improves your mood. All are good things we need when having surgery!
God tells us in His Word:
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. (Proverbs 17:22)
Introducing my new friend, Cathy!
Actually, Cathy isn’t a person. She is faceless, but I gave her a face in my mind as I think of “her”. She’s a port-a-cath, the port that was surgically implanted in my chest for chemo infusions. Since she’ll be with me for a while, I decided to name her. Cathy made sense.
The morning of the surgery, I woke up ready to “do this thing”, even though I hate surgery normally. (Didn’t I mention that already?) Everything was smooth-sailing as far as getting my IV inserted seamlessly (not the norm for me).
The doctor came in for a short chat before we started the procedure. And, then the most amazing thing happened. He put out his hands to hubs and me and asked if he could pray with us. Other people say that’s happened to them, but it never had happened to me before. As he said Amen, I wiped tears away and prepared to smile at him. He won my heart!
I can actually say, for the first time in my entire life, the surgery that day was fun. Fun! The staff and doctor accomplished everything as promised. We cut up and laughed as I came out of anesthesia toward the end of the procedure. The entire process was a huge blessing. Prayer changes everything!
Can we start making that a prerequisite when choosing a surgeon? I’d sure like to.
Has a surgeon ever prayed with you before surgery? Did it change things for you?