Jamie is one tired girl. I’m going to ramble so bear with me.
I left for Tulsa 7 a.m. Wednesday morning and arrived right on time to the pulmonologist. I was so proud of myself for not getting lost!
He told me I have to have a doppler test of my legs to make sure that I don’t have blood clots. That test is scheduled for Tuesday.
I also was ordered to have a new sleep study done, which I found annoying but considering the highly dangerous level of sleep apnea that I have, I can see their reasoning for making me do it. Fortunately, I the Sleep Center of Tulsa had an opening so I was able to get in Wednesday night. The only bad thing was, I didn’t have any other clothes with me. I went to Wal-Mart and bought something to sleep in and something to wear the next day. I will be able to take some of it back because I ended up just driving home in the t-shirt I slept in. I had electrode gunk all throughout my hair so I was glad that I could just drive straight home Thursday.
Anyways, back to Wednesday. I left the pulmonologist and went across town to the cardiologist. They were able to run the tests I needed right then so I don’t have to go back, which is GREAT news.
I left the cardiologist and grabbed some lunch while I tried to figure out if I could have my sleep study or not, etc.
After getting my schedule figured out I went back to the clinic and paid my upfront costs for both the surgeons. I’ve never written such big checks in my whole darn life! I also bought some of the vitamin supplements I’ll need to take every day for the rest of my life.
At that point, I went to Walmart to buy the clothes and I bought a few trial size toiletries that I ended up not needing but they will come in handy later as travel stuff. I finally left Wal-Mart and went to the Supplement Shak, which is a protein health food place in Tulsa that gives patients of my surgeon a discount and also gives free samples. I have to have 60-80 grams of protein a day and the best way to do that is through the protein shakes. I got a handful of samples, which was nice.
I then checked into the sleep clinic and it was interesting. Everyone was really nice but I felt bad that they had to help me get into bed! They were really nice about it though, and very understanding. One of the techs had the same surgery about a year ago and she was so sweet to answer my questions.
I was asleep by midnight (in a bed, not at my computer) for the first time that I can remember. I woke up a few times in the night but slept OK. I got up around 5 and had stomach issues so it took me a while to get out of there.
I left and started back to Bentonville after that and had a rainy but uneventful ride home. Just for fun, I called my parents at 7:30 to talk to them. I thought about calling when I got up, but decided that would be more amusing to me than it would be for them.
The only trouble I had throughout the time actually came when I got home. Like I said, it was raining and all the sudden I realized I couldn’t find my insurance card. In the process of searching my car for it, I stood up and leaned into the car from my wheelchair. When I sat back down in the chair, it slid across the water and dumped me out flat on my back in a giant mud puddle. It took a long time to get back in the chair because everything was so wet. I was caked in mud and soaked. NOT HAPPY, LOL.
I then tried to get in the house and of course got stuck in the rocks. The neighbors forget and park their car too close to the curb and I can’t get past the cars. I have dealt with it for nearly four years but after Thursday, I had had enough. I started screaming at that point because I was so frustrated. A neighbor heard me and came to my rescue. Once I got inside, I called my landlord and asked them to help me remedy the situation. I won’t be able to plow myself out of the rocks after surgery and I need it fixed.
I finally made it to work Thursday afternoon. My boss has been absolutely great about me missing so much work.
Here’s a rundown of what is left to happen:
Tuesday: 8:30 preop testing and meeting with the anesthesiologist and surgeon; 12:30 leg dopplar test thingy; 3 p.m. tour of hospital, nutrition and general info meeting.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.: meet with pulmonologist to discuss test results.
Thursday: SURGERY (don’t know the time yet)