The Best Surgeon
Thursday, September 03, 2009
I received a telephone call from the surgical clinic yesterday. It was not to schedule a procedure nor for a follow-up. The last appointment I had with my surgeon was in January to have the Erysipelas in my edemic arm checked (I was on I.V. antibiotics.) During that visit I mentioned to my surgeon that I was embarking on my "Road to Health" and voiced my concerns with regard to putting undue stress through exercise on my afflicted arm and causing more damage (I am prone to infections and my shoulder has dropped 1.5" from the excess weight of the limb). We briefly talked about exercises and dietary modification.
The telephone call I received was to confirm my address. I was told not to worry, that Dr. Long had found an article "Weight Lifting in Women with Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema" in the New England Journal of Medicine and he wanted me to have it.
I could not believe he remembered and was thrilled that he chose to take the time to get the article to me with his busy schedule. Now if that's not GREAT health care from a FABULOUS provider, then I'll eat dirt! Dr. Long's surgical skills are second to none as well. I, and my city of residence, are truly blessed to be in the care of such a wonderful physician and genuinely good human being.