It must be an omen…
(I used to be my own protection)
On a Valentine’s Day,
(But not now)
On a Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day, Linkin Park, Minutes to Midnight
So I’ve been booked for my quadruple bypass: February 14th. Valentines day. There is some poetic sweetness in that, no? I met with the surgeon doing the dirty deed yesterday and he showed me where the various bypasses would be going. It’s pretty hardcore, how much things are blocked up. Also it turns out he prefers to take the graft veins from the arm instead of the leg because apparently they last longer. It may mean less struggle to walk after as well, although just marginally. The surgeon said it’s unheard of for someone to meet with him and be booked in for surgery within a week; his general wait time is 6 months. I can’t imagine another 6 months with this; it would be the most depressing half year imaginable.
While I was waiting to meet with the surgeon I happened to hear his assistant call another patient to book surgery on the 14th. This person, however, was unable to get in at that time so they were booked for the 23rd or something, thereby freeing up a spot for me. While speaking to the surgeon he indicated that that particular person was waiting since 2006! There are many reasons that patients get prioritized; for me I’m young, completely healthy except for this, and completely debilitated right now because of it. That makes me a bit of a priority, so I can get back to being a productive member of society. If I was a 68 year old retired guy who didn’t need to move around much, they would probably let me wait a bit longer, as the surgery wouldn’t make the difference between being able to work and not being able to.
So one week. Valentines day. Wheee. I have two concerns. First, the surgeon indicated that 50% of his patients get bumped for surgery due to an emergency. For me that would be brutal, as I have a hard time with all the waiting to begin with. Secondly, I’m concerned that our benefits/insurance co will be hard to deal with. I’ll be right hooped if I can’t get my short term benefits, cuz I won’t be able to pay rent etc. Sigh. Anyways, this is where we are. I can’t wait til it’s done and I can breathe again, move again! Wish me luck all.