Testimonials: Pre-Surgery Preparation
“As a HBLU practitioner I’ve been able to see how powerful pre-surgery protocols are in one’s recovery. When my water broke with my first baby, we discovered our baby was in a breech position and needed a caesarean, I immediately called Amy for her caesarean birth protocol. I read through it a few times before going into surgery. Once my epidural wore off, nurses, doctors and even my midwife encouraged me to take strong pain medication, but I didn’t need anything stronger than ibuprofen.
The day after my c-section I was able to walk and open the door for visitors coming to meet the baby, which shocked them all. The surgeon released me to go home two days early due to my incredible recovery! I attribute much of my positive physical recovery to Amy’s caesarean protocol and am so grateful that I was able to utilize it in my birth process.”
—Kaitlyn, LMFT and HBLU Practitioner
“On June 11, 2008, I had open heart surgery to replace a congenitally defective aortic valve.
It took 54 years for a congenital birth defect to make itself apparent—I could no longer run 100 yards without being winded!
I was told by my cardiologist that if I did not have this surgery done within two years “I would not live to get old.”
How’s that for making your day? I set the date for the surgery but a couple of weeks before I decided that I wasn’t as tough as I thought I was and Googled “pre-surgical counseling” and found Amy St. Hilaire.
I had no idea who Amy was and, honestly, I didn’t even have any idea what to expect! Nevertheless, I made the call. Amy was able to make time for me the following week to counsel me for an hour a couple of days prior to my surgery.
Long story short, this was an amazing one-hour of my life. Almost two years after the fact, I still remember some of it as “why am I doing this?” But I also had nothing to lose—I mean really—I could be gone in a few days—why not experience something new?
My wife was going to drive me to the hospital that morning. We had planned that thinking I would be too nervous to drive. At the last minute I decided to drive. I remember telling her, on a dark and very quiet Houston freeway (5:30AM) that without the counseling I had undertaken with Amy that I would probably be shaking like a leaf. I wasn’t. I was exceptionally calm for someone who had never undergone major surgery before. (And let’s face it—you know what was in the back of my mind. I had said my goodbyes…just in case.)
The surgery was (obviously) a success. I only spent about 5 ½ hours in ICU before being wheeled to my room. Five days later (which is about standard) I was home.
During my first follow up office visit to my cardiologist—who has been practicing for better than 22 years—he made the statement that in all his years he had never had a patient bleed as little as I had on the table. He said that the blood had literally flowed away from the incision back into my body. No additional blood was needed (which I had previously donated in preparation) for the surgery.
This was one of the specific mindsets that Amy St. Hilaire had taught me to focus on during our session. I mentioned my pre-surgical counseling to my cardiologist. He just looked at me and said: “There must be something to that.”
I wholeheartedly recommend and endorse Amy St. Hilaire and The Center for Integrative Therapy!
If you have taken the time to read this entire testimonial you must have good reason. I believe you to be in good hands and I wish you the very best!