Yep that's me. The same word but 2 very different meanings!
1. Noun: a person who is under medical care or treatment
2. Adjective: bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc,. with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like
As I wrote in one of my previous posts (I think the one about Pathology reports) - I had 4 spots removed on Aug 13th. 2 came back as atypical and 'given my history' it was suggested I have a larger region removed from around them. They preform what is called a wide local excision (WLE). It's a surgical procedure to remove a small area of disease (or potential problematic tissue) with a margin or normal tissue.
Today they preformed this on my right leg. My appointment was at 9:30 am. I got called back to the procedure room around 10am and changed in to my gown so my legs were exposed. I met with the nurse (she was awesome!) who took my history. I then sat until about 12:30 before they came in to perform the procedure. Dr N was very nice. She walked in to the room and apologized for the delay stating if I never wanted to talk to her again she totally understood. My response was 'it's ok - I was told to bring along something to do while I waited'.
I've learned thru this that nothing ever goes as planned. And honestly, there is no reason to get upset about waiting. Except that it was a little chilly in the room (and the chairs aren't that comfortable) and I was TOTALLY hungry! But luckily I've learned to be prepared. I brought work along with me as well as snacks and a water bottle.
The procedure was pretty quick. Dr N cut out the tissue and her fellow Dr R did the stiches. Although I wasn't given quite enough numbing medicine - so they had to keep shooting more! Since I could feel some of the stitches going in - OUCH!
I know I've said this before but I always love the staff at Sloan. I appreciated that Dr R called this evening to make sure I was still ok. Just a little sore - so far so good.
I'll be back in 2 weeks to have the stitches removed and they will do the other 'spot'. It was a long day. I think I got back to my apartment around 3/4pm.
|Don't forget to get your spots checked!|
|Procedure Room - |
where I spent lots of quality time today
|All armed and ready to go!|
|On your Mark - set and go!|
Today would only be the right leg
And of course I always try to take some pictures of the city when I head in. The morning we had lots of rain but it had stopped by the time I headed in to the city. You can see the WTC progress and the Empire State building on the left hand side.
|Sun is out and clear skies! WTC progress 8.28.12|