UNDERGOING a surgical procedure, whether minor or major, is always stressful. First, you experience the so-called “fear of the unknown”, most especially if you are dealing with a life-threatening situation. Then there is that worry on where to get the financial resources to cover the cost of confinement in a hospital.
Having undergone three major operations, I have discovered one magic formula, not only for combating the fear and the worry as previously mentioned, but of healing and recovering faster than the norm. First of the two surgeries done in Kuwait, my adopted country, was very stressful, not only because it was the first ever major procedure – Myomectomy – but also because it was done in a private hospital, thus entailing payment of hospital bill upon discharge.
Second surgery – Total Abdominal Hysterectomy (TAH), Bilateral Salphingo-oopherectomy (BSO), Appendectomy and Nodule Resection – fared a little better than the first. It was done in a government facility, the Kuwait Cancer Control Center (KCCC), so no payments, whatsoever, were required. This was so because my husband is a citizen of the country, thus allowing him to enjoy all the basic services given free by the government. Healing though took longer than expected as well as the recovery period while confined at the hospital.
Third surgery – Tumor Resection in Right Pelvic Area, Partial Omentectomy and Adhesiolysis – done last October 17, 2014, in my birth country, the Philippines, came out to be the best ever! I gauged it based upon the extraordinary brief period of healing and recovery.
And the magic formula? Being surrounded by my family members and being thought of and visited by loving and caring friends and relatives.
I felt so special and loved by everybody. I was also so happy and relieved seeing my husband relaxed and in control of everything, including covering all the high cost of having the best oncology surgeon and specialists (for my myriad conditions) in the region and the best and most modern hospital in the province of Iloilo.