Surgical Serenity Blog Series, Post #7: Looking back on how music helped me navigate my cataract surgery
I’m hoping that you’ll excuse me for not doing a video every day with my blog post as I said that I would. After having cataract surgery on Wednesday morning, I’m just not looking as bright and perky as I’d like to and so I’ll just use some still photos that others are taking to help me follow this process. Yesterday was the first day post-op and I felt pretty good although a little tired from all of the Versed that they gave me. Thinking about the music through the two different headphones that I used, I know that I would have been waayyy more anxious without it. I could feel my breathing particularly, relax and slow down when I would put the headphones on. I actually used both types of pre-loaded headphones at different points during the surgery, but decided on the “patient model” to wear into the cataract procedure. The reason was just the simplicity of turning it off and on and they volume was already adjusted perfectly for me.
About 4 years ago, I had taken a friend for cataract surgery at this very same SurgeCenter and had to do much more explanation of what the headphones were about and that they had been specifically created for surgery to lower anxiety and pain perception. This time, I didn’t have to explain anything to anyone. On the contrary, they were asking me questions about how I like them, where I got them, and if other hospitals and doctors in Louisville were also using them!! When I explained that Drs around the world are using not only the headphones but also the surgery playlists with Bluetooth headphones. So yesterday for the first cataract surgery was a big success and a way for me to benefits for the healing power of music, get my vision sharpened up again, and tell people around the world about not only the two models of headphones, but also our five mobile apps, www.surgicalserenitysolutions.com/buyanapp, and our new ebook on surgery: