This will be my 4th surgery. I always have a fear of not waking up, any suggestions?
Surgery is a big deal. I was afraid when I had surgery in April. You might be more nervous than some people but everyone with any sense has some justified fear ande anxiety when going into surgery. There is a chance that something bad will happen whenever we go under the knife. For most surgery the chance is tiny though. The thing that helps me face this is being philosophical. You and your doctor have already determined that the benefits of having surgery far outweigh the risks. You know that surgery is the right thing to do (if you aren't sure you should still be researching and talking to your doctor). If heaven forbid something bad does happen how would being nervous or afraid help you? Fear and anxiety are often useful emotions. Fear is what keeps us out of hazardous situations. Anxiety triggers a release of adrenaline and norepinepherine which prepares us to fight or to run. The thing is that the risk in surgery is calculated and unavoidable. Anxiety and fear serve no useful purpose once the decision to have surgery is made. It is illogical to fear unavoidable risks but our brain is still wired to make us fearful. It is illogical for us to be anxious when we won't be able to fight or run but we still get anxious because it is the way our brain is wired. Once you understand that the anxiety and fear you feel is a product of millions of years of evolution rather than a reasonable response to your surgery you can better master it.
I know how you feel about this. I went to get my tonsils out and I was crying on the operating table I was so scared. I just closed my eyes. And let the gas mask do its work. But ya for me they didn't put the IV in first because I was like freaking out. (I was 12 then so scared is normal) And they didn't really explain much to me just enough so I could be 'reassured' ... Still scared me. I know talking about mine isn't probably helping you. And for some people they still use the gas mask. And apparently the horrible taste is common. Lol I remember waking up and them asking me some pretty basic questions. Then they asked me what time it was. So my first instinct was to look for a clock but they made me stay down. So then I was like I don't know. Then they told my mom I had a bit of memory loss, that it's normal... But there was a fricken clock in the room... I was also afraid of dying when asleep but I just closed my eyes and tried to have a happy dream... Lol sorry this probably isn't really much help to you, but I just wanted to give you 'some' usable advice...
Just pray to God and have faith that all will be well soon. Do not be afraid God is with you. I will also pray for your fast recovery. God bless!
Try to think about your love ones and try not to fear of that so you won't be so nervous.
Talk with a psychologist, they may be able to help teach you relaxing methods.
Ya. Find comfort in your religion is also one of the good choice.
Find comfort in the Christian faith!