David, your post made me laugh this morning, in a good way. "It's good to know all the detail" line, we are both in the same profession, and we both know the thrill of the hunt and the devil is in the details. I can't speak for you, I know I am OCD about
it, and would go nuts until every acct was in perfect balance to the penny all the time.
My father died a painful death of an ultra rare blood cancer 16 years ago, at the largest hospital group in my area (gee, the same one that I will have nothing to do with). Toward the end, he was out of his mind, and my mother didn't or wouldn't (not sure) make any decisions for him, so the doctor's, in my opinion, bullied or took advantage of him and got him to make treatment choices or losing treatment choices that took his life aways months if not a year earlier than it could have been. My father had no idea what he was agreeing too. I lived too far away at the time and couldn't be there often.
I vowed I would never be in that situation, that is why the M
edical Power of Attorney is so important in my mind set. My wife knows my feelings about
quality of life issues, pain levels, organ donations, whether or not I want to be kept alive by machine only, etc. etc. And as a nurse, I feel extra blessed, because she knows the whole routine in those situations first hands. No one would be able to pull a fast one with her in the room.
Even when I spent my 4 1/2 days in the hospital after my PC surgery, she made sure all the nurses did the right thing, and kept a close eye on the monitors and IV drips so that I could rest
David CPA, perhaps one day we could meet and audit the heck out of something
57, 56 at DX, PSA
7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsule, one post. margin, clear lymph nodes
2009 PSA 2/9 .05, 5/9 .10, 6/9 .11, 8/11 ?
Lastest 7/13 met with Rad. Oncl, considering options, 7/20 Catheter #6 after complete blockage, scarring closed up bladder neck, corrective laser surgery scheduled for 8/18