My surgery has been officially postponed.

With the platelet & white cell issues I experienced the day before Thanksgiving, I felt that there wasn’t enough time to thoroughly test out any proposed solutions.   The analyst in me just wasn’t comfortable and, after speaking with my surgeon, made the decision to postpone.

The earliest it would be is late January.  No one wants me in the hospital during the holidays and my surgeon is taking a well-deserved vacation in January.  Dr. O, Kristin and I still have to figure out the Aplastic Anemia issues.

I’m cool with this.  I felt very rushed before but I rolled with it because I thought things were well in hand.   That Wednesday yielded results that surprised everyone so now we are going to move more methodically.

On another point, I met with a cardiologist last Tuesday.  Originally it was for cardiac clearance for the surgery and kind of still is but now he has time to run all kinds of crazy tests on me.   Due to my family history, it’s a smart move, but one of the tests is one of those stress tests with Nuclear Imaging.

The last time I tried one of those, I ended up in a panic attack, breaking out of the imaging machine.   I have a bit of anxiety over this one.

The other test is just an echocardiogram which isn’t a big deal.

Anyone have some tips on beating the anxiety for the imaging?   To make things more interesting, they are giving me a medicine that increases my heart rate to simulate an exercise heart rate.  Whoo-Hoo!

This all takes place on the 17th.  

Pray for the imaging techs 🙂



4 Comments on “Postponed…Prorogued…Paused”

  1. Karen Stember says:

    I guess they’d frown on a bottle of wine before the test?…….well if you can’t then perhaps your techs can….j/k!…..or not? Hang in there Pam….just one more blip but YOU will fight on.


  2. Penny Korn says:

    Praying for you Pam…….hope everything goes well! You are a strong one that’s for sure!! Hang in there and Fight On!


  3. Amelia says:

    Have you tried guided imagery for relaxation? I have severe panic attacks. I have found that practicing guided imagery on a regular basis and then using meditation and breathing with that during triggering moments is very useful. I can recommend some CDs/MP3s if you’re interested. Just let me know.


  4. Lori Lewis says:

    Thinking of you and sending you calm, cool, collected vibes for tomorrow’s tests. Love you!!!!


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