Surgery And Your Soul
Health and Wellness

Surgery And Your Soul

Because sometimes we forget that our mind is important, too

50
Surgery And Your Soul
Wikimedia Commons

Surgery consumes your mind from the day it is scheduled until days after you’ve healed. Surgery isn’t only taxing on the body; it is taxing on the soul.

Physically healing isn’t hard. Your body will do so long you take care of it. If you follow the doctor’s instructions, almost always, you will recover physically. Your body wants to heal itself and will do all that it can.

However, healing your mind is a completely different story. There is no instruction manual for healing mentally. Patients have all different surgeries, health issues, support systems, and backgrounds. Thus, it is hard for a doctor to predict the implications a surgery might have upon a person.

One must navigate foreign waters alone (or with the very best loved ones).

Your mind is burdened with worry the day the surgery was scheduled. Upon arrival, or as the day approaches, your mentally might alter. Checking in at the front desk and awaiting the almighty beckoning from a nurse to walk to the back, the nerves officially kick-in. While you are trying to keep yo’ zen on, getting poked and prodded by nurses and doctors doesn’t help. Then they ask you your birthday about one million times to confirm that you are the right person (okay, understandable), if you have any medical history (duh you do), then about your allergies with emphasis on the latex allergies (at this point you want to give in, say you are allergic and make them use the non-latex gloves, because please you have asked over 10 times). It is a roller coaster of emotions before the surgery, and then they roll you back and chat with you in the operating room pretending that you're going to remember their names even though they are knocking you out in about 30 seconds.

Afterward, obviously it varies per surgery, but you could be as chipper as a squirrel or as tired as a sloth and just want to curl up in your bed. Regardless of how you physically feel in the recovery room, mentally you have an uphill battle.

It’s a battle of perseverance. The perseverance to stay positive as each day slowly approaches and passes, and as you slowly heal. Frustration towards your surgery and the sluggish healing is probably in the front of your mind. Your daily routine is interrupted and life is put on hold.

Thus, comes the grit and perseverance. The worry lingers regarding recovery. Your soul takes a toll-- mentally recovering from a surgery is hardly ever a concern and easily pushed to the side. If you pause and reflect on your well-being after surgery, your mind actually takes just as hard of a hit as your body.

Give your mind and soul a chance to catch up.


Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Swoon

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less

Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B just dropped the hottest summer single yet. It's called "WAP" and we're going to get into all the intoxicating lyrics.

This song empowers females and their sexuality. These women put the ridiculous music industry female beef to bed, and I mean tucked away in a coma.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How To Write Down The Holy Grail Recipe Everyone Begs You To Make

Because everyone has a signature cocktail, cake, or pasta they bring to every potluck.

NBC

From back when I used to bring my mom's classic white chocolate chip cookies to preschool on my birthday to now stirring up my signature tequila cocktails at every friends' barbecue, I've always had a couple of standby recipes in my culinary rotation.

Keep Reading... Show less
Adulting

Meet My Cat: Cheshire, The Stray Turned House Cat Who Lives in Michigan

I never considered myself a cat person, but Chess immediately stole my heart.

Madelyn Darbonne

In 2016, a stray cat gave birth to a litter of three grey kittens on my aunt and uncle's property. I had never considered myself to be much of a cat person, but these furballs immediately stole my heart. I got to watch them grow up until they were old enough to leave their mother's side.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How To Binge-Watch A TV Show —And Then Write A Review About It

Writing your favorite and least favorite things about a show could not be more fun.

Photo by Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash

Looking for a new show to binge? Stop scrolling through your options and listen.

Sometimes a good show doesn't come down to the genre or the actors involved, it comes down to the fact that it is simply a GOOD show. If any of these things sound appealing to you, you should definitely watch.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

11 Reasons Why Getting A Cat Is The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Mental Health

Cats may mess up your puzzles but they'll always love you unconditionally — as long as you have some catnip, that is.

Scout Guarino

Alright, everyone, it's time to stop spreading the rumor that all cats are mean, aloof, and hate everyone. Like dogs, each cat has its own personality and tendencies. Some like a lot of attention, some like less — each person has to find the right cat for them. As for me, my cats Bienfu and Reptar have seen me at my worst, but they've also helped pull me out of it. They're a constant in my life and they give me the strength to get through the day in spite of my depression, and there's even scientific evidence to support it!

Keep Reading... Show less

I've been bleaching my hair since I was in seventh grade. Yes, you read that correctly, seventh grade. That's nearly 10 years of maintaining a very light shade of blonde that too-often brings about dryness and brittle strands.

Keep Reading... Show less

Chances are if you're here, you're probably interested in writing an open letter. Yay! We're excited to have you.

Of course, not all open letters are created equal. In fact, there's a recipe to writing one for Odyssey that'll get featured on one of our many verticals. When it comes to Swoon specifically (for those new around here, that's our dating and relationships vertical), we receive dozens of open letters each month, many of which are all very similar.

Keep Reading... Show less

With a new phone comes great responsibility: Do not break it! And the best way to do that is with a case. However, picking a case can be a challenge. No need to fret, I am here to help break down some of the best cases for the new iPhone SE 2020. Honestly, I think it's going to be impossible to choose!

Keep Reading... Show less

To some who have been out of the dating world for a while, it can be hard to get back into the swing of things after being single for some time. So, I asked 26 people what they think is important to know before looking for love again, here's what they had to say.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments