ok i am 23 years old, in pre-nursing, which i really like so far. im in my second a & p class, getting a's and b's...im having a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy done on april 2nd.ive heard horror stories about the pain being worse as your older. am i a hypocrit for being scared of having surgery and being a pre-nursing student? should i continue my education in nursing??do other nurses get scared pre-op? i really need some advice thanks
Feb 15, '12
No, you are not a hypocrite! What I have experienced, is that the older the patient is the harder the recovery is. Usually the biggest risk comes 7 to 10 days post-op and that risk is hemorrhage at the surgical site. Listen to your doc and follow all post op instructions and you'll be fine! I had an appendectomy two years ago and that was the first surgery I've ever had besides my wisdom teeth extractions and I was very nervous. They gave me Ativan and Versed in pre-op and all my fears were gone! lol...To answer your other question, yes, continue your education! Being a nurse usually helps to alleviate some of the common fears associated with surgery but it doesn't take all the anxiety and fear away! Good Luck!
Last edit by JSJones,RN on Feb 15, '12