Sandy and I were up at 5am this morning and headed out to VA Shreveport for the surgery on the old smeller. We arrived at 7:20 am checked in changed into the gown and assigned to a day room. Wasn’t there long until the RN came in and did the preliminary checks you do prior to surgery. I waited and waited and they advised me that I needed a CT Scan before surgery. I explained the schedule I received in the mail said the CT Scan would be after surgery. They said well this has been changed. So, down stairs I strolled to the CT room with me holding the open gap in the back of my gown. Got there and found out seven people where ahead of me. Nearly two hours later somewhere around 11:30 I was back in the room.
I waited and waited, noon comes and goes. Then its nearly 1:30pm at last they came and off down stairs to “OR” we go. Arrived in the pre-op room and was asked hundreds of questions, explanation of the surgery and the usual marking of the area that was due to have surgery. Now mind you I haven’t had anything to drink or eat since midnight. My mouth was so dry I felt like I was in the Mojave Desert.
There were four more patients in this room each waiting his turn for their particular surgery. The other four were taken to surgery and there remains only me. The pre-op nurse explained the Doctor who was going to do my surgery was in the “OR” and the type was very similar to what they were going to do for me. So, I waited and waited 2pm comes and then about 2:30 pm the chief surgeon came in with this long sad face and advised me that my surgery was going to have be postponed to another date. The reason being they were having to send frozen skin tissue down to the pathologist to see if there were any more cancerous cells on the patient in front of me and there would not be enough time left in the day for my surgery.
Now mind you this happens to be my third re-schedule for this procedure. Now there will be a fourth when ever they call me with a new date. So….”Do things Happen For A Reason?”
The jury is still out.
Until next time….MtnAire Travlers.