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What to Expect if You are Going for Surgery

Going into surgery can be a nerve-wracking experience for anyone, especially if it’s your first time. Knowing what to expect and feeling prepared can reduce any pre-op anxiety. Take a look at this brief surgery overview to answer any lingering questions and calm your nerves. 1) Pre-Surgery Before going in for surgery, you’ll be asked to remove any makeup and nail polish. This might sound unnecessary or strange at first, but it’s actually super important -- because you’ll be unconscious, your surgeon and his team will be monitoring your condition during the procedure, and makeup and polish can obstruct your vital signs from view. The related area should also be clean, but you can skip the shaving. If necessary, any...

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Top Ten Things to Get a Friend in The Hospital

When a family member or friend is in the hospital, you probably feel pretty powerless. Their health is in the hands of the doctor, and all you can do is provide social support. Sometimes, a thoughtful gift is all it takes to make your loved one to feel supported, which can be a great healing tool.  Here’s our list of gift recommendations that are bound to make your friend’s hospital stay a little brighter.  1) BOOKS - Pages Provide a Great Escape At the hospital, there is a ton of waiting around between tests and consults with doctors. A magazine or book is a great way to escape the sterile environment. If you don’t know their favourite genre, give them...

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