“Between diagnosis and treatment, help the patient do research.”
It can be scary to read about what might happen. Terrifying, in fact. However, you will be better informed when quick decisions come up after surgery. Having my family also do research allowed me to talk about things as I processed them. Having them educated about issues prior to surgery helped with their ability to understand what was happening with me.
I understood the treatment choices prior to meeting with the doctors at Mayo.
I learned about the existence and need for eye weights. When it was suggested in the hospital, I understood what they were talking about because of research.
I understood why my ear would still ring despite being deaf on that side.
I understood nausea.
Most of all. . . I understood hope.