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Elderly woman Elderly woman patient found guided imagery to be her "lifeline"

29 Sep
A cardiac surgery nurse tells of how a very anxious, elderly woman patient found guided imagery to be her "lifeline" during every phase of her stay in the hospital…
This email came from a nurse in a cardiac surgery unit:

Hi, Belleruth,
Wanted to give you feedback from a cardiac surgery patient - a very anxious, elderly woman who was quite terrified of the open heart surgery she was anticipating. To my surprise, she was able to relax to guided imagery tapes VERY easily. (I’ve since learned that the most anxious patients seem to do best with it, although I still don’t know why).

She listened to the guided imagery for sleep and the surgery imagery prior to her surgery and intra-op. She listened to the imagery for the ICU and for Cardiac Rehab after, which she also loved! She was a freaking poster girl for mind-body interventions, and referred to guided imagery as her "lifeline" throughout her process, from phase to phase. She left the hospital with stacks of brochures (at her request) to give out to her friends in her home state. So there’s a guided imagery ambassador out there, spreading the word, and I thought you’d get a kick out of knowing.

L.R.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award