So I am prepped for surgery, have an IV in me and am wearing a hospital gown. The anesthetist comes over and asks me about my medical history. Every had any chest pains? 'Yes,' I reply. 'How often?' 'Once every two weeks or so.'
"I'll be right back."
Next thing I know, Dr K is at my side saying that the anesthetist doesnt think the surgery should go ahead. Anesthetist states I am too young to have chest pains and all but states she will not anesthetize me.
Dr K says I should get cardiologist clearance and reschedule.
So I am wheeled back to pre-op and told to 'wait around' for news of a cardiologist appointment. This was all goign down around 6am as I was the first surgery fo the day. I duly wait around. In the meantime I ask whether I can eat anything (at this point I have no idea whether/when the surgery will be rescheduled for). I was told something light would be okay. I have a turkey flatbread.
I get a call to say the cardiologist will see me at 1pm. I wait around till then. I attend Cardiologist appt and get clearance. I am asked to return to Dr K's office for news about a potential new surgery date and time. I do so and am told it will be at 730pm that evening. I didnt know whether to be chuffed or to scream. Anyways I eventually call back and say I think another date would be better as I had eaten a sandwich not to mention the whole thing felt rushed. I wanted another early morning appointment and to be the first surgeyr of the day but was told I'd have to wait at least a week. So I accept another apointment 4 days later at 4pm in the afternoon, as that is the only time the operating room was free that day. That day is tomorrow the 23rd.
I am at a loss. Moreover, even though I ensured the surgery was paid for in full (self-pay) months ago, I had an administrator hovering over my preod bed while I Was being stuck with IVs asking me to sign co-pay forms and not able to answer why I needed to sign more forms, stating she is just 'doing as (she) was told.'
This is my first time in hospital and I am really at a loss as to what to make of the whole thing.