My son is 12 years old and having a surgical removal of his AVM in three weeks. I'm writing to ask any of you that have brought a family member for this type of surgery a few questions. The hospital where his surgery will be allows a parent to spend the night in the ICU. Is there anything you would recommend I pack for the surgery? I do plan to check with the hospital's policy as far as what can be brought, but is there one thing you can think of that you wished you would have brought or done?
For those of you that have had this surgery before, is there anything that helped calm your fears and anxiety before the surgery? I'm trying to keep my son as comfortable and confident as possible. Was there anything you can think of after your surgery that made you feel better? Can you think of anything someone may have said to you that left an impact and made you feel better?
I appreciate any and all advice you can give me. I'm trying be strong for my son, his two little sisters, and my husband. This has been the hardest thing my family has ever experienced and I know we will get through this. I am just getting more anxious as the surgery date gets closer and am desperately seeking advice.
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