Surgery How to Rehearse Before You See the Nurse: A Practical Guide to an Easier Time

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AuthorHouse, 2006 - 204 pages
Surgery - How to Rehearse Before You See the Nurse A Practical Guide to an Easier Time Do you need to go "under the knife" for any reason? Are you anticipating an extended or short-term hospital visit? Do you feel uncertain, overwhelmed, or ill prepared? If so, you will need this complete 'survival kit' to prepare for surgery, your hospital stay, and recuperation at home. This instructive easy-to-read book is a practical guide written from the patient's perspective. It is designed to help you through one of the most challenging journeys you can experience - surgery. The witty title, courtesy of comedian Jackie Mason, illustrates the style of the book - a good-humored approach to a potentially harrowing experience. Rosann Argenti, an accomplished social worker, Tai Chi Master-instructor, and Licensed Massage therapist, relates her personal saga about her operation. Argenti provides a wealth of information for patients and their families to use both before and after surgery. Through a series of carefully designed questionnaires, you will gain the confidence that you are making appropriate decisions. You will also derive emotional sustenance to help you as you venture through the medical arena. This book offers an abundance of useful and effective recommendations on exercise, breathing and relaxation, music therapy, self-massage, aromatherapy, drug dependency, depression, diet, and nutrition. Furthermore, you are provided with a complete 'survival kit' for your hospital stay. There are also very useful sections on "Helpful Hints for Family and Friends', 'Living Will/Advance Directive', and 'Helpful Hints Regarding Your Hospital Bill'. Rosann offers unique and creative guidelines to makehealing at home a comfortable experience and an opportunity to develop self-confidence. "Surgery - How to Rehearse Before You See the Nurse is accurate, up-to-date, entertaining, and informative. I heartily recommend it as useful reading for patients, families, and
 

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Contents

PREPARING FOR SURGERY
15
MY BAGS ARE PACKED IM READY TO GO
28
ANECDOTES OF MY DRUGINDUCED PERSONALITY
48
SUMMARY
76
TAI CHICHIKUNG EXERCISE GUIDELINE
94
BASICS IN BREATHING
127
BEVERAGES AND RECIPES
133
WHAT TO BRING TO THE HOSPITAL
140
BED EXERCISES
154
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