Random Musings of a Banded Bad-Ass (not really)....

Monday, August 2, 2010

Nope. Nil. Nada.

I met with my surgeon today for what I hoped would be my fourth fill. Boo....He could not access my port. After two unsuccessful jabs, he (and I) felt / heard a clink--metal on metal--oh crap! So, now he wants to do it under fluoroscope at the surgery center (I did not have my surgery in a hospital like most of you--rather, it was done at an Ambulatory Surgery Center or ASC). It's kind of a pain, because his office and the ASC are both is in La Jolla, and it's about an hour and 15 minute drive from where I live. My first fill was tough as well, and he had to delay two weeks because I had some bruising at my port site, so he gave me a cycle of antibiotics. My biggest fear is that the port has flipped, but he said this is "unlikely". [Please, oh please, oh please do not make me go in for corrective surgery!] So, the surgeon's MA called the ASC to schedule my appointment, and a gal from the ASC in turn called me to coordinate the details, telling me that 1) I will need to arrive 1.5 hours before the procedure--say what? 2) I can not eat after midnight before the procedure--OK, fine, but why? 3) Then, the gal asked me if I was having general or local anesthesia--at that point, I got a little bit pissy. "Do you understand that I am only having a saline injection, guided by fluoroscope?" She did not comprehend, so I called the surgeon's office to gripe to the MA, and will let her explain to the numb-skull at the ASC (OK, I know that's not nice, but come on, you should be familiar with the procedure your facility performs, no?). I do not want to leave my house at O'Dark:30 for an 8am appointment (immediately following a lap band surgery by Dr. Bhoyrul). Anyway, I'm slightly annoyed, pretty nervous and majorly anxious for this to be done. Oh, and I'm hungry and I want a spoonful of frosting.

1 comment:

  1. I am so sorry that you have to have this done. It sounds like they need to employ smarter people!