1) Get sick. Get really sick. Be unsure of the source of the sick: is it nerves? Is it the fact that you ate your weight in Jamaican food and then did an afternoon of heavy physical labor in the yard? Is it a stomach bug?
After the barfing subsides, lie awake tossing and turning wondering whether they'll do the surgery and singing the Facts of Life theme song in your head, really loud. Get no sleep whatsoever.
How does that make things easier? By the time you're due in surgery, you'll be so wrung out and abjectly grateful for the promise of an IV that you won't be able to worry. You won't have anything left to worry with. You'll take your IV and you'll like it.
Also, you'll be so out of it from lack of sleep that you kind of won't notice as they edge you closer to surgery, one procedure at a time, until...
2) You're chock full of Valium! A whole lot of extremely handsome doctors, dentists, and nurse anesthetists have paraded into your room, in which you sit wearing a paper gown with a blower tube hooked up to it. It inflates you like a Mylar balloon, but mmmboy is it toasty under there! One of the extremely handsome men -- I mean really, was it necessary for them to be so handsome? --
adds some Valium to your IV, and you just don't even care that somebody is taping down your hair and wheeling you down the hall and down you go.
I realize these aren't your usual tips, and in fact might be better listed as "Do Not Do's." I was too sick to be really afraid, and too wiped to be antsy the next day. I was clearly over my illness by that morning, no fever or anything, though I did require reconstitution via IV. Once the fluid was in me, I felt pretty much fine, and a whole day of sleeping (and a night of sleeping solo) was remarkably refreshing. Right now I feel like a person with a terrible sinus infection. And as for how I look, well...
you can see where my nose swelled into my glasses. They apparently straightened my septum a bit, but my nose looks extra crazy now. And my hair looks that way because that's how your hair would look if you had an icepack wrapped around your head 20 hours a day.