Laughter Medicine

Meet My Friend, Cathy

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?



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  • Pam Richardson

    Kim, what a blessing! Yes, I had a doctor last February pray with me. It made all the difference. Butch has been seeing a doctor over a year that prays at every office visit. I am so glad it went well and prayer does change things. Blessings and hugs!

    • Kim

      Thank you, Heather. We could maybe ask around and make a list of “praying doctors” in the areas where we live for future reference. That would come in handy! 🙂

  • Diane N. Scoggins

    So very glad things worked out so well for your procedure Kim. A Godly doctor, who would want anything better when faced with something so scary.
    Blessings to you as you face the future.

  • Barb

    Kim, that is so remarkable – just wonderful that your doctor was asking for divine guidance and strength for you. May your journey to health be blessed every step of the way. “I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health.” 3 John 2 I claim this promise for you today. God bless you always.

  • Alycia Nichols

    Hey, chickadee! I like that…Cathy. When you give it a name it just makes it easier. I totally get that! I’m so glad the procedure went so well. I’ve never had a surgeon (and goodness knows I’ve been through quite a few in recent years!) invite prayer into the room ore-op. That is one cool cat! Anything to make the experience less traumatic gets two very enthusiastic thumbs up from me!👍🏽👍🏽

  • Roxanne

    Kim, so happy for this update. It sounds like you are in wonderful hands. I had a PICC line several years ago, and I named her Patty! Miss Patty did the trick and cured my staph infection. Praying Miss Cathy does the same for you. My late mother had a wonderful surgeon who asked us all to hold hands while he prayed for her before surgery. I wish more doctors would not be afraid to do that. It’s very sad that in our country everyone is afraid of “offending someone”.

    • Kim

      We think alike, don’t we? PICC line Patty – I like that! It would be wonderful if doctors made it a general practice to pray with patients pre procedure. In a perfect world… 🙂

  • Rhonda

    Kim, I should have known you would come up with something like naming your port.!! I think it is hilarious!! My mom had a surgeon who prayed with her before surgery, never in the pre-op holding room but always in the OR before beginning surgery. It comforted her greatly. He was affiliated with NMMC and is still practicing. Praying that you are doing well.

    On a somewhat related note, when I was pregnant, I named the baby Thumper because when he kicked, it reminded me of the rabbit in Bambi. (I only had one sonogram and it was too early to know the sex of the baby.) The rabbit would get nervous and his foot would thump in rapid succession. That’s how my son would kick me. When he was born, it took us several days to get used to calling him by his name. He was Thumper to us. LOL!! This Christmas, he gifted me with the Thumper Disney Pandora charm!!! And even told the salesgirl why he was buying it for his mom!!! Priceless!!

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