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Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its Trouble it empties today of its Strength!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

I should have that saying tattooed on my forehead. Yesterday I had a punctoplasty. It is a 10 minute out-patient thing where the surgeon dilates the opening in your eye that leads to your tear duct and snips a little bit to allow the opening to stretch. The worst part about it was that the local anesthetic, lidocaine, stings when it gets into your eye. It didn't even hurt when the local wore off.

But the anxiety that the anticipation caused me had me stressing so much.I couldn't sleep the whole night before the procedure. I couldn't sit still, ate cookies out of a bag (about 15 of them) and generally made my husband's life miserable.

Why do I worry so much about things before they happen? I don't know. But I'm really glad this thing is over and it seems to have been successful.
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    What a truth - worrying does mess up our day and as we know, so often the thing we worry about doesn't even happen. Glad surgery went well!
    2373 days ago
    Ah, so this was the surgery...I'm just catching up. Well, my dear, you're only human. And surgery to your eye, well that causes worry for many reasons. Just glad you had the cookies and your hubby to take the edge off. That's what they're there for. :)
    So glad everything turned out well.
    2382 days ago
    When anything medical is on the horizon, my anxiety gene kicks in. Yes, there is such a thing. I'm glad everything went well.
    2387 days ago
  • LE7_1234
    Glad it went well!

    I think I'd go for tattooing it on my hand. Easier to see!
    2387 days ago
    I am glad the procedure went well. Since I am a worrier like you I can offer you no advice emoticon
    2387 days ago
    It is always amazing to me how I can waste days worrying over something that will take less than 15 minutes. I did the same before my cataract surgery. Distraction- keeping yourself with exercise, chores, etc. seems to help me.
    2388 days ago
    While worrying is a very reactive and real state of mind, it does us much worse than if we would relax and let things go as they should. I guess part of it is that we never truly see what the end result will be, or we become terrified of the route to get there. I'm glad you made it through it. I'm sure your husband is forgiving...
    2388 days ago
    Glad things worked out well. You know, in spite of a multitude of surgeries and out-patient procedures over the years, I still get a little anxious before any upcoming procedures. One thing that has helped me a lot is to understand precisely what is going to be done before I get there, but it sunds as if you did that and it doesn't help you.

    Maybe try a little yoga / deep breathing and try to focus on something else?
    2388 days ago
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