I got a call yesterday wanting me to schedule a date for a procedure.
I didn't even know we'd decided what we were doing. I haven't had the cat scan yet or the second meeting with the surgeon to set a date.
I sent a list of questions to the surgeon after our first meeting.
They were about outcome and quality of life
Quality of life as in what you gain when you quit smoking. You won't even realize it until you have it.
Freedom is what I'm speaking of.
The surgeon had called to tell me she could not answer my questions in writing through the portal due to time constraints but I missed her call. I'm still waiting for the CT scan and I was to tentatively meet with her on the 16th after my cat scan.
Her plan was to surgically remove my cecum and part of my large intestine.
The cecum is the mixing pot where the liquid from your small intestine gets mixed with bacteria to make solid waste.
The call about the procedure was so out of the blue. It was my gastro's office, not the surgeon.
I was caught off guard so I explained what I knew to that point and began asking questions. They transferred me to a nurse who found numerous messages between the surgeon and my gastro who has worked on my esophagus for 6 years. Together, they decided he will remove the polyp endoscopically and, do it in 3 stages, 3 months apart.
This will all be outpatient.
It's amazing to me what computerization has done in that the nurse was actually able to read their communications to convey their thought process to me,
So, I'm not going to be a foot shorter, but I likely would have had I not voiced my concerns.
I'm trying to get over the hurdles required to have a CT scan.
They did a blood draw when I met with the surgeon to check for a cancer marker. (They could have checked my kidney function at the same time, but didn't)
They want a pelvic/abdominal CT scan with high contrast dye.
(The imaging location will not perform the CT scan without a within 3 month kidney function result. The last one I had was in June.)
I had my surgeon send a fax to the only local lab I knew of but found my Insurance uses a different provider. I called them and got the correct provider in my area.
I received authorization for the CT scan in yesterdays mail but only at a location over 40 miles away. I called my insurance co and told them I wanted it at the last place I had one 5 miles away. They said my surgeon has to request it at my local location.
I am getting the blood draw this morning.
I have to wait until I hear back from the surgeon's head nurse about the CT location change.
These are things I cannot control,
but smoking, that's something I can control. YOU CAN TOO!
I met with the C surgeon yesterday and she explained the surgery to me.
I must say the C word on the door caught me by surprise and raised my blood pressure.
They have to remove more than just the area concentrated around the polyp.
I have to get an abdominal CAT scan soon and then meet with her again to discuss further and set a date.
She explained there would be some pretty bad pain for a week, then I would feel like I had been punched in the gut the second week. The third week it would feel like I had overdone something. Sure thing.
My experience tells me if they say 6 months to recover, it's really a year.