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The briefing - Elizabeth Unexplained
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The briefing
I had my pre-surgery exam with Yoda this morning. The omens were certainly good. I ran into mjperson on the way to the T station. On the way to Yoda's office in Post Office Square I walked past the office building where Warren and I met and where we used to work together. I also walked past the hotel that houses our favorite restaurant. It seemed very appropriate and put me in a good mood.

Yoda had a padawan (medical student) with him. I'm not sure what the padawan was getting out of the exam part as he stood off to the side where he surely couldn't see anything useful from the pelvic exam. I sure hope he was at least paying attention to Yoda's bedside manner because that's certainly something useful to learn.

My confidence in Yoda continues to grow. He didn't need an ultrasound machine to find Sideous, he claimed he could feel it when he pressed down on my left ovary. He said he couldn't feel the one on the right side from the last ultrasound, so I don't think he was just saying that. It makes me wish I'd had a pelvic exam from Yoda back in December when I first saw him, it might have saved us a good deal of time. To give you a skill comparison here, one of the ultrasound techs once had problems locating my left ovary, and that was with the wand stuck up you-know-where. Yoda was also kind enough to point out exactly where he'd be making incisions.

The second part of the visit was a talk in the office, where I signed the consent form and answered my questions. My main question was what type of anesthesia they'd use. Yoda is pretty sharp, because he must have been able to tell from the look on my face that general anesthesia was not the answer I was hoping for. I sure hope the padawan was taking mental notes. Yoda then explained that part of the procedure involved blowing air into my abdomen (which I knew) and that this irritated the diaphram (which I should have figured out). Yoda explained that this makes general anesthesia the only option because the nerve that controls the diaphram is in the neck, and it was just impossible to do a local. It didn't take me too long to figure a bunch of reasons why that was impossible, so I shut up about the anesthesia. He then went over possible complications, and what all he was going to do. It turns out he's glad we're going in because he's still not going to be satified that my tubes are OK until he gets to look at them for himself. That's fine with me. At this point my opinion is that the more he checks out during this surgery the happier I'll be.

As I said, I have lots of confidence in Yoda. My doctor recommended him because of his surgical skills when all I asked for was someone smart. Now that I'm getting surgery I'm really glad that its him. I'm pretty confident he'll leave my parts in better condition than he found them. The one thing I'm not psyched about is the anesthesia. I have never been made unconcious before and I'm really not psyched about starting now. On the other hand Yoda's brief explanation was very convincing as to why I have to be put under. I would have said I'd almost rather not have anything, but given the diaphram issue I obviously must be unconcious for this to work. Eit.


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chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: June 20th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck.

What's your favorite restaurant?
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: June 20th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Julien. Its an expensive French restaurant, so we only go there twice a year.
From: readsalot Date: June 20th, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
When's the surgery? Since it's general anesthesia, do you have to stay in the hospital overnight?
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: June 20th, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
The surgury is Monday morning. No hospital stay unless things go terribly awry, but I do need to bring Warren along to drive me home. The letter they sent says they won't operate unless I arrive with a responsible adult in tow.
sorceror From: sorceror Date: June 20th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck! I will be sending good thoughts your way...
merastra From: merastra Date: June 20th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck! I'm glad you got Yoda.

I wasn't keen on the general anesthesia for my knee either, but they also had a good reason. And once I decided I wanted something enough to have surgery, I figured it wasn't that big a step to have general.

What's your reasons against general?
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: June 20th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
What's your reasons against general?

Well, basically it comes down to being a control freak. I've never been unconcious before. Sleep seems different to me; I'm not a terribly deep sleeper, so it doesn't feel like a loss of control. I one of the reasons why drugs don't appeal to me, and why I drink so rarely and only in moderation. The idea if being unconcious and unable to wake up is freaky. There are also real medical concerns. General anesthesia is riskier than local. There is a very remote possibility of a bad reaction that would cause me never to wake up ever. Of more concern is the possibility of medical mistakes -- I don't want to get sent to the wrong OR and wind up getting a hysterectomy by mistake. That last concern will be less of an issue if Yoda arrives before I am put under. I know now that I'll at least get to see him again before the operation.
remcat From: remcat Date: June 21st, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've only had general once (knee surgery), and it wasn't great -- but not too terrible either. Going in, it *does* just feel like falling asleep. Waking up? Not so much. Have Warren bring chapstick and have a drink of water with a straw handy. Nothing like open-mouth breathing while unconscious to totally dry out your lips and mouth.
dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: June 21st, 2006 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Indeed, may the Force be with you.

Wish I had something more useful to say, but really, given this meme, it seems like the right thing. :)
harrock From: harrock Date: June 21st, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Emperor has made a critical error, and the time for your attack has come.

(I could adapt the rest of that scene to the situation, but I should quit while I'm ahead. :) )
enugent From: enugent Date: June 21st, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck! I'm glad that you've got someone who knows what he's doing going in there to take a look.
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