A Plant After Surgery Can Speed Recovery

Nothing is more ag784149_eggshell_geranium_sparkler (1)gravating than waking up after surgery to a visitor with no bedside manner.  It is never helpful for a friend or loved one to comment on how awful your hair looks or your eyes look tired.  You want to say, “Hello…I just got out of surgery.   How do you expect me to look?”  However, because you are too weak and not fully recovered you would rather just go back to sleep.

Positive Reinforcement

Just the process of having surgery is enough to get a person down.  There is the pre-operative paperwork you have to sign that states you are aware there are possible complications.  Nothing is less reassuring than that, but they must be signed to move forward with the surgery.  Then patients who have morning or afternoon surgeries cannot eat after a certain time the day before.  So if your laparoscopic hysterectomy is scheduled for 11 a.m. you most likely will not be able to eat anything after 7 p.m. the evening before.  For those who are fans of breakfast, this can really be a downer.

Once the surgery is completed you are whisked away to the recovery room for one hour of observation, then taken to your regular room. The last thing you want to hear is your friend or loved one reciting a bad joke or insensitive remark.

Plants Make Recovering Patients Smile

You would be surprised how clueless people can be, when they visit the sick.  Unless you have been a patient you may not fully understand this concept.  The majority of hospital rooms are cold with bland décor.  A beautiful plant that can last until you go home is always great gift after surgery.

Studies have been done showing the actual health benefits for patients recovering from surgery who receive plants vs. those who do not.  The ones who do have a significant decrease in blood pressure, less pain, and lowered levels of fatigue.  They also tend to recover at a faster rate with a more positive outlook than those whose rooms have no plants to view.  Some types of plants most favorable to an indoor hospital setting are peace lilies, ferns, vincas, bamboo palms, and Chinese evergreens.

Sticking with plants that are low maintenance and need lower levels of light are best suited to the hospital environment.  Not only will it make the days pleasant for the patient, but will also help eliminate hospital toxins in the air.  Definitely a positive gift any way you look at it.


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