Ok, you've made the decision to go ahead and have the surgery. You are mentally and physically prepared. You've talked it over with your family....
But, in the one or two nights before the actual date, What are the thing(s) that you do, those important things to do before going in for surgery?
1 - Write a letter to your spouse and family
2 - Try to mend a broken relationship
3 - Live it up, party big time
4 - Retreat into silence
5 - Spend every possible moment with your loved ones?
There is no right or wrong answer here.
For my first Lumbar surgery in 1978, two night before, I went snow skiing. Even though I could hardly walk, I just wanted to ski one last time, I only did one run, but it was worth it.
Fast Forward to 2010 Shoulder surgery, and I wrote a lengthy letter to my wife and to my children. I asked them for their forgiveness for the times I let them down, I asked for their continued support. I told them just how much they meant to me and that my life was so meaningful because of them. Oh and yes, I had two snifters of a real fine Cognac!
Things change, times change.... But still I believe everyone has something on their minds the days before surgery
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences