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Bladder Cancer, TURBT Perforated Bladder - FIGHTING THE SYSTEM - April, 2008

Posted Oct 21 2008 12:19am
By the Monday after surgery (the previous Wednesday) I was feeling about 80% of normal. All day I had a hangover headache from the Lortab (narcotic), the last of which had been taken Saturday night. Tylenol (acetaminophen) didn't make a dent in it, but 3 regular aspirins seemed to do the trick. And I still had a drainage tube installed because of the nicked/perforated bladder in TURBT surgery, which I was VERY eager to be rid of!

I still didn't have my follow-up consultation appointment yet, and the lab results should be available today. I planned to call mid-morning and ask about it again. But the Urology Clinic called me about 9AM and informed me that Dr. Hopkins wanted to do a one-week post-surgical visit. "Since he does surgeries on Wednesday, that would have to slide to Thursday this week. Is 10AM good for you?" So they were telling me I had to deal with this tube for FOUR MORE DAYS? I asked her, "Do you understand that I still have a tube in?" She replied, "No. Sorry about that. See you Thursday at 10?" Arrrrrgggggghhhh! I accepted, as there was no point in arguing. Or in arguing with her, at least. I wanted to strangle someone. I literally paced around my office, the living room, the kitchen, sputtering the situation to my wife through clenched teeth ...
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