Well, interesting experience. I don't do well when things don't go as explained to me and expected by me. I tend to get a bit snarky.
I wasn't in the best of moods that I had to be there two hours early. The reason given was for a blood draw and turn around for the lab. That didn't set well. WHY couldn't the blood draw be done Friday afternoon or Saturday morning?
Well, they have to set an IV .... wait the heck a minute! WHY does an IV need to be set, this procedure is to be done under local anesthetic. Well, just in case .... (They didn't do an IV set, no need, not that I mind one, but I had been TOLD no need for one).
Why does this hospital require showering the night before and again the morning of the procedure w/an anti-bacterial soap. Not that that was all that much of a big deal - but - who the hell wants to shower and then go out in 20 degree weather early on a winter morning? WHY would this be necessary?
Then I get to my room and am told to strip to just my underpants and put this paper gown on. Now wait just one freaking minute. This is just some fine needle puncture in my neck, WHY the hell do I have to strip to my drawers? Other places I've read and been told only require the top clothing removed. NOW, I have had it and I AM getting snarky. I came right out and said next time I'd have one done at PMI like I wanted to in the first place!!!!
Amongst other things.
I've read up on the procedure, talked to those who have had it done, talked to the radiologist who is scheduled to do it .... I see no need for all this B.S. nor was I led to expect some of this stuff
Anyway, I get there at 6:45 AM. By 7:10 I am in my paper gown and in bed, all ready and an hour and 50 minutes until I'm scheduled for the procedure. I am NOT in the best of moods!!! To put it mildly. I am NOT a good and patient patient. I stew about the next two hours until the procedure.
BUT they have these new paper gowns. There is a second layer of paper in the front. And a "hole" on the side that a hose attaches to. This hose gently blows in nice warm are (or cool if wanted or needed). Never puffs up the paper gown, you can adjust the temperature yourself. It is so nice and warm and snug and cozy and I'm LOVING it!!!!
Its amazing how easily this crochety ole broad can be "bought", bribed. That nice cozy warm paper gown sure mellowed my snarky mood!! And I laid there and kinda dozed on and off. Snapping awake to check the clock every 10 minutes and then snuggling in to that warm gown a little deeper.
Ha! At EIGHT o'clock in walks the radiology nurse. We are all set to run upstairs for the procedure!!! I'm not scheduled until 9!!! Yeah, but I'm ready and so are they!!! Hot darn! My snarky mood improves even more!!! Man, I am feeling like Queen for a Day!!!
The radiology staff are just great! Anne, my nurse discusses my list of questions and requests w/me, and she sets to work making sure each question is answered AND that the radiologist and pathologist are aware of my requests and concerns and that accomodations can be made for them. The second nurse reassures me they are not offended by my interest, questions and concerns, that they are so REFRESHING, that only about 5% of his patients are this interested in what is going on and going to go on. The US tech was great about doing some preliminary scans and making sure I could see the monitor whilst she did them. The pathologist suggested instead of extra samples they check them in "our" lab and then send the same original samples to Mayo's path lab. The radiologist goes over what he's going to be doing, what to expect. The nurse reiterated my concerns about the lidocaine/novacaine issue and the radiologist said he'd inject just a small amount and wait to see if I had any reactions or problems. He did, I didn't and so "we" proceeded. He chatted whilst he was doing the aspirations, he told the US tech to snap a picture every time he was getting a good aspiration and when done told her to have a CD made for me to take home w/me. AND no need to ever hold my breath during the procedure!
By 9 AM, the time my procedure was scheduled for, I was back in my room w/my paper gown hooked up to that nice warm air hose again. Ahhhhhh. They brought me a NEAT new kind of ice pack. Reusable and sized and patterned perfectly for use on the neck. I wasn't interested. Didn't need it. I had this nice warm paper gown w/cozy, warm air. I was given OJ and graham crackers (other limited choices available) and told all went well and I could probably go home in an hour AND I would be able to drive myself home!!!! Now I WAS Queen for a Day and happy as a clam!!! I snuggled right down in my nice warm air paper gown and dozed. Occasionally taking a sip of OJ and eating a graham cracker. Goshes, but this was so NEAT. I was ENJOYING this!!! I want one of these warm air paper gowns for home use!!!
At 10 AM the nurse walked in w/my "walking papers" and I had to part w/my warm air paper gown. Hell, I was ready to just snuggle down deeper and sleep!!!! I only slept maybe 4 hours last night. I'm like that. Even the night before a DEXA scan I can't sleep for chit. I'm too excited about what we're gonna learn, did my density improve? Did we lose some ground? etc.
I was home by 10:45 AM! Oh - the preliminary was that all was well, no obvious malignancy.
I filled out some "STARGrams" for each of my 5 staff and the radiologist and put them in a stamped envelope to be sent to the hospital thanking each staff member, ate some lunch - spent some time looking at my CD of the US images - and took a nice 4 hour nap!
It is now 9:35 PM, 12 hours and 35 minutes since we finished the thyroid FNAB and absolutely no need at any time for a Tylenol or ice pack. NEAT!!! We aspirated 2 nodules, one was 1.5 cms and the other 2.3 cms.
I WANT one of those warm air paper gowns!!!!
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.