It’s Tuesday so that must mean changesPosted: May 10, 2016
It’s such a Tuesday. It’s SO SUCH a Tuesday that Monday wishes it could be today.
This morning, at butt o’clock am, I went to the Keck Hospital pre-op clinic (aka, START). Everything went fine. I learned that my surgery is currently scheduled for 9:30am next Tuesday. They they wanted to take labs – a CBC, CMP, PTT/PT and Type & Screen. So I’m like, No.
I get all of those labs drawn tomorrow at Norris for this weeks transfusion. No need to draw them at Keck when they aren’t used to seeing the numbers presented. It’s all perspective and they would freak out. Then I saw the anesthesiologist consult, Chest Xray then I’m out.
Sort of. In the middle of START, my surgeon called. As I mentioned last night, the ultrasound may not have given her the specific information needed to ensure that the circulation to my arm isn’t cut off. Well, the ultrasound isn’t good enough. So now I’m in the process of being scheduled for an MRA. This is a superspecial MRI that takes the place of an angiogram. The little bastard tumor that showed up in the PET scan is apparently caged into a vein, that vein has grown little veins and the MRA is being used to determine how to cut out the bastard and keep my arm circulating at the same time.
This sounds like the perfect test to do in light of the situation. But of course, it wouldn’t be me if there wasn’t a problem.
I go into full blown panic attacks just entering the MRI room. Stop breathing, scream like a crazy person, panic attacks.
In order to get the cancer out, I have to do this scan. I have everyone telling me how they do it and I’ve gotten a lot of good tips. The one I want is to be completely sedated but I looked at the drugs used for that and I’m not sure that I want to be sedated like that and then go through it again in a few more days. So I’ve started taking Ativan (like an hour ago). I will be taking Ativan all day every day until after the scan.
Now I just need a scan date. It has to be either Thursday or Friday morning.
In addition to the scan, I had to schedule two more doctor appointments. One for my hematologist tomorrow so that we can talk about a pre/post surgery transfusion plan. Then Friday, I see Surgeon #2 so he can examine me pre-surgery. Apparently, he is doing the crazy veiny tumor at the top of my side and Surgeon #1 is doing the tumor a few inches down.
Unless there is an issue with the scan (the issue being ME), I’m still at surgery on Tuesday.
Tomorrow, I see Surgeon #1, my Hematologist and get labs done. Anything could change.
I really need cake for dinner.