How To Heal Faster After Surgery

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.

A Blessed LIfe

My ever loving and supportive hubby Waleed comforts me here prior to taking me to the OR.

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.

A Blessed Life

This is St. Paul’s Hospital in Iloilo City. I was confined in it’s new extension, SPICE Building, considered to be the best and the most modern health facility in the region.

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.

My first grandson JM, after kissing me, is crying here and is being comforted by his father, my youngest Jojo, and his mother, Micmic.

My first grandson JM, after kissing me, is crying here and is being comforted by his father, my youngest Jojo, and his mother, Micmic.

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.

Freda Contreras

A wonderful and ecstatic feeling of having a grandson sleep on my chest.

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.

About Author

Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer."

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