So it seems that my bunion surgery is going to happen on June 25th. I can't say I'm looking forward to it but I keep telling myself it is an investment in my future mobility.
My 90+ year old neighbor has told me (repeatedly I might add) that she need knee replacement surgery but can't have it because of her age and health problems. Fortunately she told me again just a few days ago when I was wondering why I am putting myself through the pain and slow recovery of another foot surgery when my foot doesn't even hurt when I walk!!!
Since I'm not going to get younger and my foot will only get worse this needs to happen.
We just mailed in our passport renewal applications so I am clearly hoping for international travel in the future. Perhaps the pandemic end and my foot full recovery will coincide.
I'm glad all the pre-op is as far in advance as possible.
- Monday I had a 7 am appointment for my blood test. The employee who showed up 5 minutes after that didn't have the right key to unlock the door and had no idea how long it would be until someone showed up with a key. Fortunately there is another location in town so I hopped over there and had the blood drawn.
- Tuesday I went to see my internist and it turns out the lab didn't do one of the required tests. Sigh. But at least I passed the EKG, etc. I also learned that the holdup on a referral for something else was that she had put the wrong info in the referral request. Thank goodness it isn't anything serious or urgent.
- Today (Wednesday) after the dog sees the vet for her monthly shot I will go back to the lab and give some more blood so that can be checked off!
- Thursday I see the surgeon and then it will just be follow up to make sure all the forms get turned in on time, my last minute COVID test is actually scheduled, and I know when to show up at the hospital.
All that will be left then is to have the COVID test, rent a knee scooter, pick up the painkiller and anti-nausea prescriptions (the painkiller causes me to vomit lol) and set up the house for recovery.
I have to say the vet and vet's office is much more organized, less cumbersome to navigate for care, and always follows up without reminders.
So what does it say about the American healthcare system when my dog gets better organized care than I do?