Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Questionable Surgeon

So surgery went relatively smoothly; they were able to do it laproscopically, but they did have to put another less icky drain in my side. It will come out in a few days though.
Although we were pleased with how the surgery went, Laurie, my mother and I were not as pleased with the actual surgeon. When we met with him to discuss the plan for the surgery and chemo afterward, we presented him with a plan that consisted of starting my final round of chemo a week after the surgery. He agreed to this. I have witnesses. He said that there would be no problem with this plan, so Laurie and my mother proceeded to make reservations at a hotel near Clark University for when I am neutropenic. These reservations are non-refundable.
After the surgery was completed, the surgeon denied having approved our plan and made it very clear that I would not be recieving chemo before I start college. As I told Laurie later, it seems that this surgeon has a very selective memory.
We may have to pull the "cancer card" to undo the hotel reservations, and I am considering filing a complaint. This will NOT spoil my chances of going to college, but it does complicate things a little and will make school harder, as I will have to either miss classes or take them in the hospital through my computer.
All that being said, I am quickly recovering from surgery (sleeping through most of the recovery because the vicodin they put me on knocks me out) and I should be back to normal, minus a gall bladder, quickly.
-Marika

5 comments:

Brig said...

This is a human complication you encountered--not a medical one. Humans can be that way! At least the surgeon didn't make you part of the 6 inch zipper club.

Can't wait to see the 2nd prom photos. Please don't forget.

love,
cousin brig

terri said...

DEAR MARIKA,
GLAD TO SEE SURGERY WENT WELL AND THAT YOU ARE RECOVERING, THAT IS WHAT IS MOST IMPORTAT AT THIS POINT.

I CAN UNDERSTAND HOW IMPOTATANT IT IS FOR YOU TO GET GOING AND START SCHOOL AND THIS DOCTOR DID THE SURGERY RIGHT, I WOULD NOT PRESS CHARGES YET....I'M SURE YOU CAN GET CREDIT ON YOUR RESEVATIONS.

WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT IS THAT YOU ARE WELL ENOUGH TO GO AND YOU WILL BE, SOMETIMES IT JUST TAKES A LITTLE LONGER, SO JUST HANG IN THERE AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT YOU WILL BE ON YOUR WAY.

TAKE CARE,
LOVE,
TERRI AND HENRY

terri said...

sorry i spelled important wrong!!
terri

andrea said...

Wow...never a dull moment with you Ms.Marik!
Ron and I have been away for the last bunch of weeks( at our place in Canada ) and so much has happened in your life.We are thrilled to hear your spirit coming through all of it strong and clear.
can't wait to see pix of you at the prom!
Love you.

terri said...

HI MARIKA,

JUST CHECKING TO SEE HOW YOU ARE.
HOPE YOU ARE RECOVERING NICELY FROM YOUR SURGERY AND NOT STRESSING OUT ON GOING TO SCHOOL.

TAKE CARE LOTS OF LOVE.

TERRI AND HENRY