Smiles and Surgery, SOLC 2015, 26 of 31

This morning my husband is having lower back surgery. We had to arrive at the hospital at 5:30 am for pre-surgery admission.

Everyone we met at the hospital greeted us with a smile. Each step of the way. From admission, to the nurse at the nursing station, to the nurse serving the pre-op room, to the anesthesiologist and her team, to the doctor – they all smiled, and joked and were funny and warm.

It made a difference. This surgery isn’t too complicated (and as I write this, I just got the call that the surgery is over and all is GOOD!), but it made me think of what a difference it makes for them all to be so smiley at 6 am – and how at ease it made us.

All too often we fault doctors and nurses for their bedside manner (or lack thereof), but today I applaud it and couldn’t be happier with the welcome and warmth we were given.

Smiles with surgery go a long way to easing surgery and starting recovery.


  1. spillarke said,

    March 26, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Sending get well wishes! Back surgery can’t be easy, but those smiles and reassurances sure do go a long way.

  2. Dana Murphy said,

    March 26, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    It definitely matters. Glad you took note of all the positivity. And glad your husband is okay!

  3. March 26, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Good cheer and smiles from a hospital staff at 5:30 makes all the difference. Good cheer and smiles from anyone at any time of the day makes all the difference!

  4. mrssurridge said,

    March 26, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    My mom had hip replacement surgery this summer and we had the same experience. I felt very comfortable letting the nurses take her down the hall away from me. Quick healing for your husband.

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