Well...Some thoughts on today's pre-op exam.
Today is where I really started feeling like I was getting close. While there are a few blood tests that won't get bac****il tomorrow, everything else is looking real good for getting things wrapped up and moving.
No, I didn't get a surgery date yet. It is possible that I will need to wait until November for a surgery date. While I am anxious to get it done as soon as possible, a small delay is nothing to worry about. The way I see it, if I don't have the patience to wait a few more weeks, I am not prepared mentally for the longer work ahead after surgery. Maybe that is a bit ZEN but that is how I see it.
Sandee and I left home at 6 am CT for a 9:15 am ET check in. Testing was scheduled to take 3 hours and for the most part was on schedule. Major kudos to the hospital side of today's testing. Testing including blood work, chest Xray, sonogram, Upper GI (Yep, barium shakes are less than appealing.), respiratory and final health survey. Let me say this about those folks...
I've never felt so well taken care of at a new facility as I did there. Made the 2 hour drive worth every minute. That even includes the registration person.
After lunch Sandee and I went over to the Bariatric COE (Meridian Surgical Group) on the other side of the hospital campus for a 1 pm meeting with a nurse practitioner to review that test that were available, go over my entire health history, and a have a physical evaluation. She made it clear that it was her function to safely get me to the surgery. We covered a lot of issues to make sure I will be ready for it. I was extremely impressed with how she conducted the review and exam. She was professional but not cold or matter-of-fact about it. We never felt hurried. She reviewed a list of questions I had for my surgeon and answered those she could.
This isn't a new feeling either. I feel some (not all) of the support staff for the Meridian Surgical Group are less than interested in listening to any questions I had about scheduling and such. They just don't seem to have the out going, friendliness I experienced on the other side of the campus. In some cases I almost feel like I'm bothering them. Yes, I know that every potential patient probably asks the same questions over and over that previous patients have asked. Problem is, I haven't heard those answers. (I've done a lot of home work and feel I am not asking stupid questions.) This has been the case ever since I got my medical approval. I've made a couple calls to staff members, get the phone message that says, (highly paraphrased) "I'm busy, leave name, number, DOB. Don't call again cause I'm busy and I will get to you if and when I can." I haven't gotten that call back yet. Maybe that will change when I am officially scheduled for surgery.
Ya, I know that is harsh but it is what I feel. Having been previous military and a current federal employee...I'm use to some of it. LOL The good news is that I'm stubborn and will get what I need before too much longer.
Had I not met my surgeon and felt some good vibes, I'm not sure I wouldn't be looking for alternatives. But I have and so I don't.
So, that standard line is that unless something unexpected comes up with the remaining test, I should hear back from them within 2 weeks to schedule the surgery.