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  • My surgeon is thankfully great with time keeping, but my microsdiscectomy was delayed a few hours because the hospital stuffed up and didn't send me for bloodwork before I was admitted. Just received my hospital pack today and sure enough there's no form for bloodwork. At least I have a some time to chase it up.

    About the worst I ever had for time keeping was the supposedly excellent lung specialist I took my eldest to when he was a tiny tot. The dr was FOUR hours late for the appointment and he missed the pneumonia that had us rushing to the ER that night!
  • wow,you would have to hold me back if it involved my child!
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  • Needless to say we never went back to him
  • Women do not "normally" have abnormal EKG's. Sometimes the EKG's are intially read by the EKG machine itself. Sometimes machines make mistakes, and actual expert people need to read the EKG, and decide whether it is really abnormal. There are, however, many things that can cause an EKG to be abnormal, as simple as hypertension or as severe as cardiac disease. That is why it should be read by someone who knows your medical history, and is EXPERT in reading EKG's.

  • during my preop testing. So the week prior to my surgery, which was Dec 15th, I had to at my general practitioner...still abnormal. Showing signs of possible mild heart attack according to the GP...whattttt??? I was in tears and shock and worried not only about the impending back surgery but now heart disease. So I am sent to a cardiologist two days later. Got another ekg and was sent also for an echocaridiogram. Finally, on the Friday prior to the Tuesday surgery, I am cleared with a report showing only a mild conductive delay. It was monitored and i did just fine. Best wishes and i will be thinking about you.
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  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    So at my pre-op with PCP yesterday all this stuff was going through my mind. My EKG was find but the doc said "then we just run the blood for stuff like sugars, etc" and I get this thought "what if I'm diabetic and don't know it". I jumped to the thought right away. I guess this period from pre-op to op will be soooooooooooooo stressful. I'm sure I'm fine but they do freak you out.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • Very few people, especially over 40, are completely healthy. Whether its blood pressure, diabetic, thyroid etc. These issues just need to be known before surgery, and hopefully optimized if they could be a problem in the peri-operative period. In anesthesia, we see all sorts of health issues, everyday!!!! And...we manage these patients just fine. It is the unknown problems, or the problems we discover 5 minutes before surgery that can be challenging.
  • What exactly is bloodwork?
    I assume it is some kind of blood tests.
    What are they testing for?
  • Thank you for the reasurance! I am almost 60,and generally overall I am very healthy---very active,not overweight,etc.But I do take thyroid med,and a low dose of blood pressure med. But I also take anxiety med,and have for along time.so of course I was nervous,anxious,etc-when I had the pre-op..too much time to THINK-----
  • Jellyhall the bloodwork my surgeon wanted was your basic full blood count, liver values etc, just to check that I wasn't anaemic etc
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