Here's Some Good News

Now don't you worry about a thing!

Hello, there. I'm Michael, or Mike...whatever you like best.  I want to tell you something I learned when I went to the hospital. See, I got this operation to fix a kidney problem that I had. When I was asleep (a special kind of sleep that happens when you get sleep medicine for operations), the doctor put some tiny tubes in my body to give my ureters a chance to heal. Ureters are little tubes that actually belong in your body. They attach your kidney to your bladder. Anyway, when I was ready to go home from the hospital,  everyone told me that it was time to take the tubes out that the doctor had put in. Of course I was worried, since I wasn't going to get the sleep medicine this time. I was going to be awake. Well, here's the good news. It didn't hurt at all! So if you have to have tubes in your body, you don't need to worry about what will happen when it's time for them to come out. You can just relax, and before you know it, bingo, they're gone!

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Joan Fleitas, Ed.D., R.N.
Associate Professor of Nursing, Lehman College, CUNY
Bronx, New York 10468

Last updated: November 14, 2004