Posted by: 2in10 | 07/16/2010

the Huddleston method, in one day

I spoke with a friend today who had surgery in March. When I learned only two days before that she was scheduled for surgery, I overnighted Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster to her.

“I didn’t have lots of time,” she said today, “so I basically flipped through the book. Something about it got my attention. The book was so straightforward. This wasn’t magic, it was ‘this is who we are and how we work. And this is what you can do to improve the chances of a good outcome.'”

She continued, “I only had the morning before my surgery to talk with my doctors and surgical staff, but as they came in, one by one, I told them what I wanted them to say in the OR and asked them to visualize the outcome I hoped to have. Each agreed. The last was my surgeon. He listened to me but said he didn’t think things would happen as I hoped.

“I countered, saying I needed him to believe that the minimally invasive version of the surgery would be sufficient and I would recover well.

“I had had considerable experience with doctors and nurses on behalf of members of my family, but I had never done anything like this. I wondered where I found the courage to approach them and to advocate for myself. Peggy’s book showed me the way.

“I remember entering the OR with a sense of peace. I woke in the recovery room and saw that the clock said 10:30. I couldn’t believe it was 10:30 in the morning. My hopes and dreams had come true!

“I was released from the hospital the next day and at home took just one dose of the pain medication I was given. When I returned to see my surgeon he gave me the hug he had promised me in the OR.

“Each of us has tremendous power, and I believe in positive thinking. However, it wouldn’t have occurred to me to think or speak as I did without Peggy Huddleston’s method. My recovery went better than I could have imagined and today I feel great.”

In the opening chapter of Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster, Peggy says if you have only one day before surgery to prepare, concentrate on Steps 3, 4, and 5: line up some support, use the healing statements, and meet your anesthesiologist (and medical team). The case study above is a testament to that advice.

Be well, and enjoy the July heat!

Carolyn

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