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Frustrated and feeling depressed / angry

Cant I catch a break ?

My ACDF for C5/C6 has been reschedule due to a tech misplacing leads on my EKG for my PreOp. That caused my need to find a Cardiologist and get Cardiac Clearance, which is time consuming since they are specialists and always booked easy out. 

The rescheduling of the surgery led to me having to resubmit  my FMLA paperwork and receiving permission to change my dates and be off work without pay. I work for the State and this is akin to paperwork to join the military. My spouse also had to withdraw his time off and request new dates which coincided with him receiving a new project to start and to say his company was Less Than Supportive is a BIG understatement. All of this could have been avoided at the PreOp by running another EKG. 

So yesterday I go to get the Cardiac Clearance and I kid you not, he was in there with me for maybe 5 minutes, listened to my heart and signed off on the surgery. ALSO he noted that I was sitting tenderly in my chair due to a flare up of a   Pilonidal cyst ,of which I have problems with every 5 years or so. So he takes it upon his self to call my surgeon to discuss this is infected and long story short I had to get an Appt today to have this lanced and drained and have a round of antibiotics and then my surgeon " will decide" if we push the surgery back again .

I have been dealing with this extreme herniated disc pushing against my spinal cord for 6 months. The pain meds aren't doing the job anymore and I'm at the end of my rope. 

I got out of the Cardiologists Office yesterday, sat in my car and just cried looking at another push back of surgery. I am Not a crier. I know I'm frustrated, in pain and feeling sorry for myself and I feel utterly alone in dealing with my pain and my emotionally  situation. 

This is my first and hopefully last cervical surgery and I've had trouble dealing with my fears over it. I have to get prepared and  psych myself up the closer I get to surgery and this rescheduling is causing a reset in my emotions every time 

ALL this because a tech was  inept  in preforming her job and that it could have been  rectified on the spot had anyone cared to do so by rerunning the EKG. I'm so frustrated and DONE !!!

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  • edited 06/21/2018 - 8:14 AM

    Wait, take a deep breath, and then read what you wrote.

    You have an infection which you are getting drained and having a round or two of antibiotics for.  If this is correct, I would THANK that tech for making that mistake.  And praise that heart doctor for notifying your surgeon.  He probably saved your life at the very least and he certainly saved your spine.  Having spinal surgery or any invasive procedure on your spine when you have an infection would be crazy dangerous.  Having any surgery, with an active infection, is crazy dangerous, in my opinion.

    I'm sorry you have to be in pain, I'm sorry you have to reschedule, I'm so glad you are still alive and able to do so.

    Take a deep breath, consider how lucky you are.  You just caught the biggest break of your life.

  • Thank you for that. you are right. 

    Your post  made me appreciate what I was overlooking and will help me to concentrate on the positive instead of letting my pain take over.

    Thank you again you don't know how much you just helped me !

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  • Yes, your guardian angels are working overtime, misplacing the tech’s paperwork, choosing that particular cardiologist to see you and notice an infection. This did most likely save your life as grtgrandma1aneeda says! I’m sorry you’re having fear about this coming surgery but I just went through it (ACDF C5-C7) and I’m sitting here a week post op having a restful recovery. I was scared, too, but everyone involved with the surgery helped me to relax and feel positive. 

    Oh, I just remembered that at the pre-op room they checked me for any cuts on my body, probably checking for infections.

  • You are so welcome.

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 5,182

    That's why I'm so proud of our members. They are always there to support and advise when possible.
    Aneeda70, thanks for looking at this like you did. And thank you caligirl.

    lisacgilmore, I am so sorry you have been pushed around so much by something that started out so simple. But there is always a reason when it fails. Again, sit back and relax, be positive, and let one thing at a time happen.
    Good luck with the cysts and please keep us posted.

    Sandra
    Spine-Health Moderator
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    Please read my  Medical History
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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 5,182

    Let me know your surgery date and we'll sign you up in Surgery Buddies, if you would like.

    Sandra
    Spine-Health Moderator
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    Please read my  Medical History
  • My surgery is July3rThank you

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 5,182

    Go into Surgery Buddies then click on July. Scroll to the past page and introduce yourself. There are only a few members there but you will get a lot of support, which I think you need. You will also receive advice from other members to help you out.
    Hope to see you there.

    Sandra
    Spine-Health Moderator
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    Please read my  Medical History
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