This is something I came up with after working with Dr. Lev’s patients for several years, realizing that there’s a common theme to the recovery process which seems to run through most if not all of us human beings. I have these written up on a laminated card and I include them in the gift bags of the patients who come to Costa Rica when I’m there as well. It has been suggested that I put it on the website so the other patients who go when I’m not there can also benefit from them.
So here it is. Feel free to print this out and bring it with you when you go for surgery. They may come in handy at those tense and upsetting moments following surgery. This is an exact copy of the card I include in the gift bags.
The following are brief phrases/affirmations you can repeat to yourself (or even out loud) when you are feeling blue…or black and blue, for that matter. You could find yourself pretty miserable those first days following surgery. Sometimes it helps to ground yourself in some solid wisdom. Of course, the following “mantras” are my own creations, so they may not be too wise, but I did come to them from a place of experience working with plastic surgery patients for the past number of years. I hope you don’t need these, but if you do, I hope they help.
Choose the phrase below that helps you the most if and when you’re feeling frightened, sad, lonely, nervous, paranoid, impatient, intolerant, unsociable, hormonal, angry, hungry, moody, bipolar, depressed or bitchy.
- I just had major surgery and it’s normal to feel this way. It’ll pass in the next day or two and then I’ll be so happy!
- I must breathe deeply when I’m feeling this way. I will lie down, close my eyes and breathe through this feeling.
- I will think about the fact that I’ve waited a long time for this amazing opportunity, and I will breathe deeply until this feeling passes.
- I just had major surgery and it’s normal to look this way. I must give the healing process time to run its course.
- It comes and goes, but in the end, I’m going to look ten to fifteen years younger and that’s ‘DA-BOMB’, girlfriend!
- The full healing process takes six months or more, but as quickly as two weeks from now I will already look ten years younger and isn’t that just the greatest?!
- I can’t be around others right now. I need to be alone in my room, but I’m grateful to be surrounded by excellent caregivers and to be cared for by an amazing doctor almost daily.
- I miss my family and friends and can’t wait for them to see how great I’m going to look when I come home.
- I’m not myself and it’s understandable. I’m a good person and I will be back to my normal self in the next day or two.
- It’s four in the morning and I can’t sleep. I’m dying for a snack and there’s nothing to eat, but that’s ok. I already look ten to fifteen years younger and that feeling trumps hunger!
- This is a good time to think about all the blessings in my life. I have many and sometimes forget to acknowledge them. This is a good time to acknowledge the blessing in my life….one by one.
- It’s normal to feel this way. Very soon I will clearly see the amazing results of Dr. Lev’s skilled hands. This is what I’ve been waiting for for so long and my time as finally come!
- This too shall pass. Breathe deeply in and out. Lie down and breathe. This feeling, like all the others will pass. The other side of this feeling is filled with joy and laughter. Let it come.
- Rome wasn’t built in a day. So, too, the healing process cannot be completed in a day. I must be patient. I must remember that the healing process takes a full six months.