Friday was supposed to be the day my tonsils were liberated from my body.
But alas it is not to be.
My pre-operative experience has been…troubling? Is that the right word?
No, I think I meant to write “giant clusterfuck.”
If you had read this earlier post, you would know that I had a pre-op consultation last Friday that was about as helpful as a duck fart. The nurse practitioner could not tell me anything about the surgical procedure I was about to undergo and decided the whole-fasting-before-anethesia was not something I needed to know upfront.
This past Monday, I called the doctor’s office first thing to try to schedule an appointment with the doctor.
“But you had a consultation with the nurse practitioner.”
Yup. But I have questions about the actual surgery that she wasn’t able to answer.
“Did you review the paperwork she gave you?”
Didn’t give me any.
“Well let me put you on with the nurse.”
When she got on the phone, I said straight off that I was really only calling to schedule an appointment with the doctor so I could get the answers to questions she didn’t know.
“Well I don’t know what you mean Speaker. I spent 45 minutes with you answering all your questions and concerns.”
Uh, what now? The appointment lasted 15 minutes. I should know because it was at 4, I was back in my car at 4:15 and had ample time to slam my head repeatedly into the dining room table, which prompted my husband to call the doctor’s office at 4:30 to try to schedule a new consultation. Office hours being until 5, they of course were already closed for the day so my husband ending up talking to the emergency phone service.
But I guess I was getting my lengthy consult and didn’t realize it.
“You know you were so anxious that I guess you weren’t listening to me.”
This is when I began to wonder if I was on some kind of hidden camera show, like at any moment my doctor and Ashton Kutcher would pop out and yell “We got you! Ha! Okay, here’s how the surgery’s going to go…”
But didn’t happen. I explained that I knew exactly what she said, which was why I was trying to get another consultation. I said: I had to ask you about fasting before anesthesia. I had to ask that! You didn’t even tell me that part.
“Well I was just trying to help the doctor. And I felt I needed to spend the majority of the time getting you to calm down.”
Okay at this point I’m wondering if she was mixing me up another patient? It’s not like I was swatting at imaginary bees, defecating freely from my bowels and howling like a banshee at the appointment. I might have had a confused look on my face, but that’s because I realized I could be getting better information from a Snapple bottle cap.
I felt I needed to get this train, which was currently heading full-speed to Crazy Town, to make a stop at Saneville. I figured I would be showing my face at this office again and didn’t want her to “accidentally” stab me with her stethoscope. I asked her if she could answer my questions, which she did–poorly–and thanked her. She wished me luck and said she would have the doctor call me.
I call on Tuesday. When I identify myself, the secretary takes on a tone where I know I have been labeled that difficult, deranged, annoying, lunatic patient. I can almost hear her eyeballs rolling around in her head. I request an appointment with the doctor.
Okay. Well my surgery is in three days and I need to talk to him before I have it.
“I know the nurse talked to the doctor and they said you could cancel.”
Well that’s nice of them to decide that for me. However, I want my tonsils out. I’ve already requested the time off from work, got a substitute in place, met with my sub to go over plans.
“…” — This is to signify dead air.
I just want 10 minutes. I don’t even need to actually see his face. A phone call. A simple phone call that explains the procedure.
“He can’t give you 10 minutes.”
Alright. Can I ask you a question? Do you think I’m being unreasonable for wanting to talk to the doctor who is going to perform my surgery? It is my body, my health, I’m being put under. Is this so unreasonable?
I sense a whiff of understanding.
“I see you have a post-op scheduled for Oct. 26. Do you want me to schedule a consultation with the doctor?”
Anytime. I will clear my schedule for this appointment.
An hour later, I checked my voicemail on the cell phone I never use and there was a message from the nurse practitioner.
“Hi Speaker, I talked at length with the doctor and told him how anxious you were and he said you didn’t have to go through with it. It’s not a necessary surgery to have and you can continue to live with the condition. Let me know.”
There’s about a .003% chance this doctor will be performing the surgery, but boy do I want to meet with him.