By now you'll likely have read my report about my experiences at the University Hospital, where Dr. Chin did my surgery, so I'll not say anymore about that.
When we were in the pre-op room, waiting to go into the operating room, my wife asked the nurse when the Doctor might be coming out of the operating room to let her know how things were going. Her response was an immediate laugh and said:"Dr. Chin NEVER does" so dont wait around and expect him to. I suggested to Debbie that we were there for his operating skills and not his social chit chats but that didn't appease her very much.
As it turns out, during the wait in the operating room, the doctor came in and I had a chance to talk with him about his Boston marathon run, his involvment in the Ride for Dad program and I was able to pass on the best regards from Canada's Ride program co-ordinator who lives in Ottawa. The two met during last years Ride for Dad in London. We were almost budy, buddies and I think perhaps because of that, he did come out to talk to Debbie, who most unfortunately was no longer in the waiting room, because of what the nurse had told her earlier.
A day later, another patient in my ward, who had Dr. Chin for some bladder work, had a visitor who is also a doctor and when the two of them got around to discussing Dr. Chin, the visitor referred to Dr. Chin as Dr.Fudd. (?)
So in answer to your question, you're not there to socialize, you just want his expertise.
Age, only 71.
July 2009, PSA 9.1, free ratio 0.16
September GLEASON 4+4=8, T2A
Calcium: 2.46 (range: 2.20 - 2.65 mmol/L)
25 Hydroxy Vitamin D: 102 (range: sufficiency:
76 - 250 nmol/L)
Bone Scan: Negative
CT Scan scheduled for Dec. 1st. Negative.
Started Casodex 50mg. on Nov. 6, first pill of 30.
Got Lupron 22.5mg ( 90 day ) on November 19.
No real side effects as of Dec. 15 except dry skin and hair but getting quite 'porky' in the belt area even though now I go to the gym, three times a week. Also I dont have a need to shave anymore so now I can save my 'shaving' allowance and direct it to my stash of Depends !
Christmas Day got my first hot flashes. Thanks Santa!
Open surgery scheduled for Jan. 22 by Dr. J. Chen
at London (Ontario) Health Sciences Centre.
NOPE, that just changed to January 20th. (2 days earlier) and the venue for entertainment gets moved to the University Hospital.
Open surgery done on Jan. 20th.
Cath removel scheduled for Feb. 8th. Yes, I know,
that will be 19 days. Dr. is out of country until then.
Need to get this over with ASAP so next season
I can continue with motorcycling, sailing and enjoying life, TOGETHER with my wife, Debbie
who has been the most supportive wife possible.