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(Breakthrough,  June  1986) 


Nicola  Gilbert 

It  was  suggested  to  me  that  the  Monroe  Institute  would  be  interested  to  hear  of  my 
experiences  with  your  special  emergency  tapes  for  surgery.  Prior  to  the  operation  (a 
splenectomy),  I  listened  to  the  Pre-op  tape  several  times.  I  told  the  surgeon,  anesthesiologists 
and  other  doctors  associated  with  the  operation  at  University  of  Virginia  Hospital  that  I  should 
like  to  be  allowed  to  listen  to  the  tapes  in  the  O.R.  and  recovery  room  and  asked  for  help. 
Initially,  they  were  somewhat  skeptical  but  when  they  saw  the  literature  and  realized  that  I  was 
serious,  their  attitude  became,  “Well,  it’s  your  prerogative — so  long  as  it  doesn’t  interfere  with 
our  work.” 

So,  on  the  morning  of  the  operation,  I  rode  to  the  O.R.  plugged  into  the  earphones  of  a  Sony 
Walkman  listening  to  the  natural  sounds  that  I  had  started  to  find  very  comforting.  Various 
people  assisting  were  friendly  and  rather  amused  at  the  sight  of  this  person  being  wheeled  into 
surgery,  apparently  listening  to  music.  When  I  had  a  chance,  I  told  people  that  they  were 
special  tapes  for  surgery.  They  were  all  intrigued.  Meanwhile,  I  felt  happy  and  confident  (the 
pre-op  morphine  probably  helped,  too). 

I  woke  up  in  the  recovery  room  listening  to  a  tape.  This  reassured  me  that  the  staff  had  gone 
along  with  my  wishes.  I  felt  very  well  after  the  surgery  and  was  sitting  up  in  my  bed  the  same 
afternoon — quite  alert.  At  one  time  I  pulled  myself  into  a  squatting  position  to  reach  something 
at  the  end  of  the  bed.  While  I  was  doing  this,  a  nurse  came  in.  She  asked  when  I  had  had  my 
operation  and  found  it  hard  to  believe  that  it  had  been  that  same  morning. 

I  listened  to  the  tapes  over  and  over  again  in  the  hospital.  To  be  transported  mentally  to  a 
seashore  or  grassy  field  was  such  a  wonderful  release  from  the  realities  of  limited  mobility, 
discomfort,  unpleasant  procedures  and  confinement  to  a  small  area.  Every  sound  and  word 
took  on  a  special  therapeutic  meaning.  The  tapes  were  also  very  useful  at  night  when  it  was 
hard  to  sleep  and  there  was  nothing  to  keep  one  occupied.  I  would  feel  soothed  and  usually 
fell  asleep.  I  also  found  the  tapes  helpful  when  I  returned  home — they  helped  me  rest  and 

The  hospital  staff  was  very  impressed  with  the  speed  of  my  recovery  and  healing.  I  have  told 
all  my  friends  about  these  wonderful  tapes  and  would  unconditionally  recommend  them  to 
anyone  about  to  undergo  a  similar  experience. 

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