Mental torture V Reality
This saying has proved so very true for me (even having a camera with a claw/hook inserted to remove a stint… through my PENIS!).
Looking back through all the operations and procedures (the word 'procedure' is my least favourite word) that I've endured none of them have been so horribly painful to my body as they have been to my mind.
Certainly I've sweated and stressed over some procedures as they were about to be carried out. Looking back they were usually painless and quite easy.
It was my mind which put me through so much anxiety.
I was thinking of all the things that "could" happen rather that the actual reality.
I have often watched in mental torture as a procedure was carried out on a patient in a bed next to me. He would hardly flinch.
He seemed to know that what the doctor was doing was for his benefit and that through doing what had to be done he'd be the better for it.
A lesson that's taken me years to accept!
Put simply, you go into hospital or a doctor's office feeling crap. The aim is to leave feeling better.
What goes on in between entering and leaving is to be endured for the outcome - improved health.
Remember: What happens in a hospital/doctors office, be it painful or stressful, is for your own good. Man up!