Well, my last cigarette was 24 Oct 08 at 4:35 PM. *sigh* That doesn't mean I'm happy about
it. I'm armed w/double nicotine patches, the nicotine puffer and even the nicotine nasal spray. I'm a witch to put it mildly.
The program is GREAT, the staff is GREAT, the doctors were great, the rooms were nice. They kept us BUSY. And I do mean busy! From 6:30 AM to 5:30 PM you didn't have a minute to yourself. The group of 10 of us really gelled! Even staff said they'd never had a group gel as quickly and as well as we did. I made several new friends, three of them quite special, we really developed a rapport in short order. It is a great program w/a 45% success rate.
The gastro and I had our most productive consultation yet. Very promising. He even conceded that since I am doing so well my reasoning about
delaying surgery once again was sound! I gotta tell you tho, he sure put me thru my paces! I hardly had a minute to myself from my first appointment on the 20th to my almost last appointment on the 23rd. They had to steal a few minutes from my first day in the in-house smoking cessation program for my last test and consult! (That's how I managed to sneak in chain smoking 3 cigarettes before reporting back to the "dry out tank" for smokers on the first day of the program!).
Drove straight thru on the way there. Had good company so the time went fast and I was still feeling fresh when we hit Rockford, IL so continued on to Rochester.
But the trip home provided more excitement than I planned on or cared for. Our "dry out tank" graduation was at 11:30 on Friday, 31 Oct. Yeah, Halloween. We had our last lunch as a group and then I headed out for home. I was anxious to get on the road! We made good time coming back and I was so pumped at the thought of getting home we opted to drive straight thru again. Things went great until we hit I-94. I hit a fresh deer carcass about
the 44 mile marker just before midnight. *sigh* Called 911, Sheriff's officers came out and we filed a report, they called a wrecker for us. We had the car and us hauled to the Super 8 in Paw Paw, MI where we spent the night. Then had the car hauled to the GM dealership Saturday morning. Hubby came down to rescue us and brought us home. *sigh* No car and no cigarettes. I'm a witch!!
Car should be ready Monday. NOT looking forward to the 3-4 hour drive down and 3-4 hour drive back but it sure will be good to get my car home!!! I feel caged w/o it.
All in all a good trip - especially since the gastro and colorectal surgeon FINALLY agreed w/me that I was doing okay and not in too much danger of a surprise trip to surgery. The gastro described the likely surgery rather than the surgeon which didn't make me all that confident in the surgeon. She was more into what could happen to cause removal of the TI,ICV, cecum. I'd have felt better if the SURGEON had described the likely surgery as the gastro did. So ..... but still, we did finally have a meeting of the minds and I feel more confident that when the time comes my wishes might well be respected. And there is one more colorectal surgeon on the gyn onco's rotation that I haven't "interviewed" yet ....
I also had a consultation at their sleep center and a bi-level titration. Whilst the sleeping room was very nice and clean, comfortable bed and had a private bath and shower as you would expect at Mayo, my sleep center experience was a REAL DISAPPOINTMENT, NOT AT ALL UP TO WHAT I've come to expect of Mayo thru the years. I've had better at our local independent sleep lab and the sleep doctor was run of the mill like the locals. And they are trying to tell me that they can not provide me w/a copy of the full scored data summary report!!!! That rocked me on my heels! Mayo??? Good gawd, I can get a copy from my local hospital's sleep clinic and from our local independent sleep lab and Mayo tries to tell me they can't provide a copy??? Even the Mayo Patient Advocate couldn't get a copy for me! I've sent a written request to the sleep center adminstrator and if she can't come thru w/it I'll file a complaint w/HIPAA thru the Department of Health & Human Services. This is so FOREIGN to ANY experience I've ever had at Mayo for me or for my family!!!
Did I mention I am an absolute WITCH now?? Its not physically hard to go w/o a cigarette but .... it sure is hard on my psyche!! I hate the whole world and everyone in it 'cause I'm not supposed to smoke a cigarette! I'm on my own 10 acres, in my own house, and I'm not supposed to smoe a cigarette. That torques my jaws no end. I HATE my lungs for turning traitor on me! Did I mention I am feeling spiteful, moody, hate the whole world and everyone in it and am a real witch now?
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.
Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 11/8/2008 6:22:40 PM (GMT-7)