Last Updated on: March 17th, 2017
THIS IS A ‘TRUE TALES TUESDAYS’ POST
I had other plans for a post today, but felt like I had to tell you all what’s going on, just in case.
You see, I’m having surgery today.
No, I’m not joking.
I’ve been keeping records, too, of what’s been going on, and so today’s post is a bit different from my regular posts. Most of you aren’t my Facebook friends (though I will accept friend requests if you should ask) 😉 and so I wanted to fill you in on what’s been happening with me.
It’s kinda funny how I’ve been talking about planning for 2014 and have high hopes for it being a productive year, and then all of a sudden, my plans end up changing. Well, maybe “funny” isn’t the best word to use. Surgery is never “funny.”
Many of you may find this post boring, but I’d rather you be informed than not, since I’m not sure how I’m going to be feeling afterwards. I may not even be turning my computer on for days. Some of you might not notice anything is wrong with my blog (I’m running scheduled posts) but in case no comments appear, you’ll know why. I’m grateful to all of you who leave comments for me, you know, and I really look forward to reading them once a post is published. I also know that it sometimes takes me a day to “approve” them, but it may take me a bit longer this week, due to having surgery.
Here’s what’s been going on with me the last few months:
Mon. August 19, 2013. Saw my family physician who referred me to Dr. W, who does operations. (My family doc does not.)
September 10, 2013. Today I met with Dr. W, who scheduled day surgery for Oct. 2, 2013.
October 2, 2013. Dr. W. removed a lump from my leg that I’d had for months that had become very painful.
October 16, 2013. Dr. W. removed my stitches, but did not have the results from the testing he ordered for the lump he removed from my leg. He indicated that he would only call me if he had bad news. I said to him, “So no news is good news, then!” He agreed.
A week went by, and I did not hear from him. Then he called me twice in one day and again the next. (I missed his two calls the first day.) When I called his office on the second day, I was told that he wanted to see me, and so they booked me to see him the next day.
October 26, 2013. I went to see Dr. W. again, and found out that I have what is called a “granular cell tumour” . . . and I have many of them, he thinks, since I have a bunch of red marks all over my lower left leg. I have so many, in fact, that he’s not going to operate on them yet; he’s sending me to a dermatologist (skin specialist) to help decide the next course of action. There is one in the city, and two that come here from Toronto. I will be seeing whomever is available first.
Sometime in November and early December: I got a letter in the mail saying that am appointment was booked for me in April of 2014. I went back to see Dr. W. since I didn’t think my incision was healing properly, and brought this letter with me. He made a note on it for me to be seen earlier, and told me to give it to the receptionist who does the bookings. She recognized me from Bingo and I don’t thinks she likes me since she said she couldn’t get me in earlier. Even after the doc told her to! The other receptionist overheard us and said she could get me in to see a different dermatologist on December 27, 2013, if I wanted. Obviously, I did!
December 27, 2013. I went to my appointment with the specialist (dermatologist) and Dr. K. took a biopsy of one of the discoloured spots on my leg, and told me to call him in two weeks to get the results. He also told me to follow up with my family doctor to get my stitches taken out, since he is not from Thunder Bay; he only works here a few times a month (he’s based in Markham, Ontario). He also referred me to a plastic surgeon. Apparently, when Dr. W. removed the GRANULAR CELL TUMOR, he didn’t actually remove it all; he only biopsied it and that is why my leg is still red and infected-looking. Ugh. So now I’m being sent to have it all removed by Dr. T. who is a plastic surgeon. Dr. K. had to refer me to him.
December 30, 2013. I got a phone call from Dr. T’s office, who scheduled me in for a 10 am appointment on January 2, 2014.
January 2, 2014. Met with Dr. T. who told me that he would operate on my leg but that he’d have to do a skin graft, too, because the problem on my leg is on the lower part of it, closer to my ankle, where the skin is tight. He will take the skin from my left thigh to do this.
When he spoke to his receptionist, he told her to get me in ASAP. She said she had a cancellation on January 7, 2014, and so I am scheduled for surgery then. She printed out all of the paperwork and I had to sign a few consent forms. I also have to go to the hospital on Monday, January 6, 2014, to check in. Plus, she said I had to have a pre-op appointment completed. I called my family doc to make this appointment, but the earliest he could see me is January 8, 2014! Too late! Then I was told to go to a walk-in clinic. The one at the clinic where my family doctor is located does not do these kinds of appointments, according to my doctor’s receptionist. So Dr. T’s receptionist told me to go the building next to the hospital; there is one in or near the pharmacy there. By the time I got a ride there, they were closed, but a lady said I could go to any of the walk-in clinics to get one done, and she asked what area of the city I lived in. When I told her “Westfort” she indicated that Janzen’s pharmacy had a walk-in clinic. I went there, but they only run it from Monday to Wednesday, and today was Thursday. One guy there gave me a list of the walk-in clinics so that I could go tomorrow to get this done. He also informed me that I will have to pay for this pre-op appointment but that if I went to my family doctor, they could bill it through OHIP. This was news to me. I didn’t think I’d have to pay anything!
Monday, January 6, 2014. Went to hospital for pre-op appointment and to “check in” for Tuesday’s surgery. Not looking forward to this. At all.
So there you have it. I’m hoping it all goes well, and I’ll be back in full swing again soon! I have posts scheduled for the next two Friday’s, but nothing for next Tuesday. Yet. Hopefully, I’ll be able to give you an update, and let you know that I’m fantastic and on the road to recovery! 🙂
Please don’t let this deter you from leaving me a comment, though. Unless I die, I’ll be approving them sometime. 😉