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Taking Steps For Plan B

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

This morning, I left a message for my hand surgeon's assistant, as I was instructed to do when they cancelled my surgery on Saturday. Taking my own advice per a previous blog about things that are out of one's control, I came up with a plan B to cope with my current "in limbo" situation. I went to the surgery office and filled out the paperwork to get copies of my previous x-rays and MRI. They will be ready in 3-5 business days. I also looked up top rated hand/wrist surgeons in the Tampa area. I read patient reviews, credentials and medical track records until my head was ready to explode. I now have selected 2 surgeons as possibilities for my plan B.

An assistant to my surgeon's assistant called me back to tell me that my doctor's assistant is currently working her way down the list of patient contacts. The current situation is that someone in the doctor's immediate family passed away very unexpectedly. The doctor's office is hoping that my doctor will be able to come back to work sometime next week. Unfortunately, nothing can be scheduled until they have a firm commitment for the time he will return. Until that time, all surgeries etc. have been suspended. The doctor's assistant will call with a rescheduled date when that occurs.

All morning today, I felt like a cloud of doom was hanging over my head. Until.....I came up with a plan B. Setting up an alternate plan was like the sun fighting it's way through thunderclouds. Although the situation is totally out of my control, I'm now content to let the situation just "be" for a few days or at least until the disks with the x-rays and the MRI are ready. It is a tremendous relief to accept that I've done the best I can do in the situation. That is enough for now.
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