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Feb 9, 2019 09:24PM
Hi. I had my implant swap on Monday (2/4). Just getting to surgery was a headache. My PS's RN, a nice young women but still learning her job, insisted I have more blood work done because she didn't like my WBC from lab work a couple weeks before that and she was certain it meant I had a UTI. She ordered the labs, I went and fed the vampires and gave a urine sample. (Wow! Still not pregnant!) WBC was in the middle of the normal range. But she forgot to order followup tests with the urinalysis to test and culture any bacteria, if found. She was then off for 7 days and then back for one work day before my scheduled surgery.
If I have a UTI, no surgery. So the PS needs to know if I do. One of her co-workers was supposed to send in additional lab orders. Fax busy; didn't resend. An order is finally sent on the Thursday before my Monday surgery. I go to the lab ASAP. RN is off on Fridays. A co-worker is supposed to call me first thing Friday morning. PS has decided that even if I have a UTI, he'll operate if I've taken antibiotics for 3 days, but he only wants me on antibiotics if I actually have an infection. I agree.
Friday morning ... waiting for the phone to ring. Run some errands. It's now noon and nothing. Start calling PS' office. No one knows what I'm talking about. Ask to speak to an RN, to someone on my PS' team; to anyone who might be able to help me. "Is Courteny available?" 'Which Courtney?' "Is Jillian available?" 'Which Jillian?' Um, maybe start hiring people with different first names, have employees wear name tags or maybe give out old school business cards?
I finally reach someone around 3 p.m. (antibiotic was supposed to be started no later than 1 p.m., if needed). She informs me that Jillian left me a vm almost 30 minutes ago. Since I apparently don't listen, my test was negative and I don't need to do anything.
No one left me a vm.
Jillian was supposed to call me first thing in the morning.
I got a letter from my health insurance company yesterday saying they were denying coverage of the surgery. As I read the details, I started laughing. The new girl who's doing billing because the old girl "just quit," asked for urgent medical coverage for the wrong procedure on the wrong date without getting anything from my physician's office. Today, I got an approval letter based on info sent by my physician's office. I saw her Wednesday for something completely unrelated, but mentioned the chaos at the PS office.
So, surgery done. I has TEs put in during my bmx and I've had them since July 2017. The road's been bumpy. I'm surprised at how large my implants are. We had talked about large B/small C. I'm at least a D. My expanders had 710 ccs in them. I thought that seemed like a lot, but PS said better too much room than not enough.
I'm supposed to wear a surgical bra 24/7 and until today, I did. It's so tight that it pulls my shoulder blades back several inches, aggravating back probs I have. So, for sitting and sleeping (today/tonight at least), it's a camisole with a built-in bra.
Severe pain didn't last long. I took Norco for 48 hours. I'm still icing the swelling. Steri-strips are starting to peel and bandages came off Wednesday, as instructed. Post-op appointment on Tuesday.
I'd like some boredom, please.
2/28/2017, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, metastasized to liver, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
3/2/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
7/26/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement
8/27/2017 Xeloda (capecitabine)
3/10/2018 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
4/2018, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to liver, ER-/PR-, HER2-
10/8/2018 Doxil (doxorubicin)