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A minor surgery that hasn't happened and almost got out of hand

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Three weeks ago, I went in to see a doctor about removing a small cyst. I knew that they couldn't operate right away and I had to come back. The appointment was set for today. I didn't want to wait that long, but went along with it. I didn't notice any change until last weekend. I thought the cyst was getting infected. I thought about calling on Monday, but declined since it's getting close to my appointment anyway. And I thought maybe the cyst will stop acting up. By the time I went in to see the doctor today, the infection has gotten so big that it's almost two inches long. The assistant was going to prepare me for the cyst removal surgery. I told her about the infection. She said it doesn't matter. I then asked her to ask the doctor to come take a look first as I didn't think there would be a surgery.

When the doctor saw it, she said it couldn't be operated but she could drain it. She said that I was lucky to have come in, otherwise, I could have ended up in the hospital for antibiotics IV drip. She took care of it and it wasn't fun. I'll be on antibiotics for two weeks and I'll have to wait at least a month before I can have the cyst removal surgery.

The moral of the story is that, I have to act decisively when it comes to my health. I knew that I wanted the cyst to come out. After the first doctor's visit, I should have looked for another doctor who could operate on me right away. Do not hesitate as things could get out of hand very quickly. Big lessons learned for me today.

P.S. Ultimately, it's my own fault. It's not their fault to schedule me 3 weeks away. They are a busy office. What I failed to pay attention to is that the schedule is for their convenience. It wasn't for my health or convenince. I am responsible for myself. I was just trying to be nice and got along. I should have had enough common sense to say, I'll need an appointment in one week or I will have to find someone else. I could have called back the next day and say the same thing. Instead, I was trying to be nice and fit into other people's schedule. Big lesson for me. Hopefully, I'll learn and do what's right for me from now on.

Sep 16, When I went back for a follow up, they told me that the lab test for bacterial infection came back negative. So I didn't have an infection after all. It was painful and inconvenience but at least some good news.
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    I'm so glad you advocated diligently for yourself. That seems to be the new standard for health "care."

    I really don't like it when I'm shunted off to the ARNP or assistants when I've made an appointment or am purportedly scheduled to see the physician. I know they're pressed in their schedules too.. but that's no excuse, IMO.

    We all have to know more about our health. If we don't educate ourselves (and especially about nutrition!), we risk pretty poor healthcare. And, unfortunately, a lot of the information out there is actually misinformation, and has been for years. Many of our medical professionals don't even know the current research, and rely on drug sales reps or old dogma.

    Help yourselves, folks. It's nobody's life but your own!
    1470 days ago
    glad you got the infection part taken care of but you are so right. we need to be diligent in taking responsibility for our own health and treatment. I am lucky as here in Mexico we can get treatment right away. There is no waiting for appointments and if needed doctors will come to your home.
    Hope all goes well when it is time to get the cyst removed
    Best of everything to you.
    1471 days ago
    So glad everything turned out ok. We definitely have to stand up for what is best for our health. Great lesson learned!
    1471 days ago
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