A scheduled surgery or medical procedure can trigger anxiety and stress of all kinds, from worry about dying to fear of anticipated pain.
Adding to existing stress are the current visitor restrictions due to COVID-19.
Imagine having to bid farewell to your beloved wife in the hospital parking lot and going in alone for triple bypass surgery.
Although certain heart surgeries are routine, all surgery presents an inherent risk to life, and you want the security of a loving person to be near you.
Early in my career, I professionally trained to offer services to resolve medical trauma - and reduce illness, surgery, and procedural stress. I noticed that individuals who did not have a support system with them or a hired, professional advocate, experienced another layer of distress to existing stress.
High-stress results in a more extended hospital stay, greater risk of complications, more infections, and increased medications for pain.
When you go to a procedure or surgery in an empowered state, where you feel determined, mentally strong, and are prepared to navigate recovery, your prognosis is better. Overall, individual responses post-surgery and procedures are more improved, according to many studies at Harvard and Stanford Universities.
When hospitals stopped allowing family and friends to accompany patients into the hospital, I think we all understand the need to not spread the virus, still, I could not ignore the added stress of being alone, whether to hear the outcome of a biopsy, experience an error in medication, or be faced with a life-threatening surgery.
Knowing a loved one is nearby is healing and comforting.
Then, I realized that I had the solution since 2013! Since March, I gifted my solution to anyone I knew who had a scheduled surgery or procedure.
Before I share my solution, let me ask you - how many times have you done this ==>
You thought of a dear friend and you hear their laughter and feel their love. You can't help but smile ear-to-ear.
Maybe you shared a moment with a neighbor that was touching,and recalling what occurred warms your heart.
Back to hospital visitor restrictions:
The next best thing in a situation like this is to use your mind's power!
Of course, there is nothing like being in someone's presence, but the brain and nervous system do not know the difference between what you imagine and what is happening in real-time.
I created an audio entitled The Power of Loving for the moment when a nurese calls your name to go the surgical area. This professionally mastered production is designed to develop the internal power of love and connection, so you are never alone.
On this track, in your mind's eye, you (the patient) are invited to take a walk on a path where family, friends, and deceased loved ones, and spiritual guides gather to surround you with love and healing.
As you move through this powerful ceremonial experience, I guarantee that you will feel it!
Theresa writes, "Sanna's voice and guidance were just what I needed. I felt the love and presence of my family. The nurse asked me why I was so happy?"
The Power of Loving is one track of the Empowered for Surgery Series and will remain available and free of charge during visitor restrictions and for anyone who has no one to be with them in times of need.
Sunday night I had a technical issue and could not access the audio file page.