What to do when elective surgery is postponed

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Each time a wave of COVID-19 engulfs a community, overwhelmed hospitals wind up postponing elective surgeries. The schedule changes are needed to make room for COVID patients, allow all hands on deck for crisis care, and shield people in the community from unnecessary COVID exposure. This scenario may grow worse if the flu season isn’t mild this year –– a good reason to get that flu shot!

Postponement of an elective surgery is upsetting, and automatically presents you with two dilemmas:

  • You’ll have to cope with your ailment while you wait for the all-clear.
  • You’ll have to be prepared for your surgery when you get the call that’s it’s back on.

Read on for steps you can take to cope with both situations.

First, what’s considered elective surgery?

All surgical procedures involve cutting skin and tissue using a variety of tools and techniques. But unlike heart surgery done in response to blocked arteries, elective surgery is not an emergency. It’s a procedure that can be safely scheduled in advance. That’s not to say it isn’t important.

An elective surgery could be

  • major, such as a hip or knee replacement, or surgery to repair a prolapsed (fallen) uterus
  • minor, such as surgery to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome (an entrapped nerve in the wrist), or surgery to remove a cataract (cloudy lens) in the eye.

The determination of whether surgery is elective isn’t always clear-cut. Sometimes it depends on your health circumstances. For example, surgery to replace a heart valve might or might not be an emergency, depending on the person’s condition.

Coping while you wait for elective surgery

Waiting for your surgery has potential consequences. Maybe you won’t be able to work, or maybe your condition, pain, or anxiety about the situation — or all three — will get worse.

While you’re in limbo, here are four steps you can take:

  • Keep lines of communication open with your health care providers. That could mean having important phone numbers for your physician on hand, or logging onto your patient portal and emailing your doctor or nurse. Ask your doctor how often you should check in. 
  • Report changes in symptoms. When you scheduled your surgery, your condition wasn’t life-threatening. But things can change. Don’t wait until you experience an emergency; report symptom changes as soon as you notice them.
  • Get prescriptions refilled. You don’t want to be without medications when you need them, especially if you’ll need your doctor to sign off on refills.
  • Arrange for additional help. Perhaps a friend or family member can assist you with grocery shopping, meal preparation, housekeeping, or getting through daily activities. If you can afford it, consider hiring someone to assist you temporarily. Prices average about $25 per hour in the US, with a minimum of several hours per week.

When surgery is back on schedule

Eventually, you’ll get the call that your surgery is a go. That doesn’t mean it will occur soon. Most likely there will be a backlog of postponed surgeries, which may add more time to your wait. Prepare for the possibility that you’ll need to extend the arrangements that have been getting you through your waiting period.

It’s equally wise to prepare for the chance that your surgery will happen with little notice. Alert friends, family members, or your private-duty care agency about this possibility, so they can arrange to jump in to help when you need them.

And make sure you have the answers to these questions ready well in advance:

  • How will you get to and from surgery? (Will you count on a friend, a ride service, or a hired health aide?) 
  • How will you obtain medications prescribed after surgery?
  • Which equipment (if any) will you need after your surgery? For example, if you’re going to have a joint replacement, you’ll need a walker and shower chair afterward. See if you can arrange to get it now, so you’ll have it ready.

It may not be easy dealing with your condition until your surgery takes place, but at least you’ll have both a plan A and a plan B. That preparation may give you a little peace of mind and a feeling of some control over your situation.

Cuatro atuendos con maxifaldas que te harán lucir más joven y elegante – Nueva Mujer

Estos look destacarán tu lado más sofisticado.

Los atuendos con maxifaldas se han convertido en una de las tendencias más relevantes de las últimas temporadas, pues son prendas versátiles que demuestran elegancia hasta en los momentos más informales.

Sin embargo, para llevar este tipo de piezas siempre es importante saber con qué prendas son compatibles, de lo contrario puede generar un efecto negativo que luzca anticuado y te sume algunos años.

En la temporada de otoño-invierno todas nos emocionamos por llevar esas combinaciones audaces con las prendas más hermosas para estas estaciones y las maxifaldas son opciones que puedes mezclar de muchas maneras.

Tenis, zapatos de tacón, botas y zapatillas, cualquiera de estos calzados te hará lucir hermosa con maxifalda.

Lo que debes tener en cuenta en primer momento es que saber exactamente qué es lo que quieres lograr con tu look, pues es crucial saber si prefieres lucir elegantes, informal, sofisticada o urbana, todo esto influirá en el estilo.

Así será más sencillo para ti escoger un tipo de falda que se adapte a lo que deseas, ya que puedes seleccionar entre faldas rectas, con volumen, coloridas o básicas.

Estas decisiones te ayudarán a tener una base para escoger los complementos de tu look.

Aquí te presentaremos varios atuendos que te servirán de inspiración para armar ese estilo que tanto deseas.

Atuendos con maxifaldas que te inspirarán

Atuendo clásico con tenis blancos

Los tenis blancos con faldas siempre serán un acierto. El truco está en mezclar piezas y estampados clásicos para deslumbrar de una manera acertada.

Un print de lunares y una chamarra de cuero te harán destacar sin dejar la sencillez de lado.

Selecciona un estampado llamativo para destacar

Ser arriesgada también es válido, por eso no tengas miedo en seleccionar una falda con estampado más llamativo, además de colores intensos.

La recomendación es que tu combinación sea con prendas básicas y en tonos neutros para que siempre destaque la falda.

Las botas te ayudarán a lucir más elegante

No tengas miedo de combinar diferentes tipos se zapatos. Las botas son ideales para la temporada de otoño-invierno, además de proporcionar un estilo mucho más elegante y sobrio.

La clave de la elegancia es el equilibrio

Si tu intención es que la elegancia sea la protagonista de tu look, busca una combinación equilibrada, en la que sea la falda la única y real protagonista con un estampado que destaque.