Penn Update

I’m ready to tell you about August 3 now.

It was a . . . Long Day, which began with me talking to an attorney about powers of attorney, living wills, and wills. Let me tell you, at 27, I don’t like the idea of facing my mortality. After a 15 minute conversation, everything is in place for those documents, though.

M & I left around 11:30 for my 1:00 appointment. We arrived, parked, and got into the hospital with plenty of time to spare. I got all checked in and then we sat down to wait. And wait. And wait. And wait some more. Finally, around 1:45 I was called back to a consultation room.

Then we waited some more. Dr. Zager’s physician’s assistant didn’t even come in the room until 2:40. Apparently, they couldn’t read the discs of the tests at first. It took them a while. It would have been nice for someone to tell us that.

Anyway. Talked with the doctor, and he told me I need to see a stroke specialist. He also wants to do an angiogram and blood flow study. He thinks late September/early October for surgery. The ideal timeline is 4-6 weeks.

I got through the discussion about the tests and the surgery without any problem. Then I mentioned my race. He told me I shouldn’t run it, and I burst into tears. The bottom line is, it’s not a good idea for me to get dehydrated. I asked about walking it and he kind of shook his head and said I need to carry water with me all the time. I was still crying about the race when we were on our way home. I told a few people, including the two people who did the race with me.

I’ll update about the race tomorrow, but I listened to my doctor.

I also tried to make an appointment with the stroke doctor but the soonest I can get in [until he reads the e-mail Dr. Zager sent him] is November 8.

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