If you have been following my blog then you may recall that last month I signed consent for gastric sleeve surgery with Dr. Mitchell and that he gave me a vague time frame and told me I could check with his receptionist in 2 weeks.
I waited my 2 weeks and called Dr. Mitchell’s office and politely asked if she could give me any information on when I might hear about a date, I explained that I need time to plan for work purposes and she told me she understood and would help me out but she needed a couple of weeks to go through the schedule.
Ok, I am annoyed that I have no further information but I will give her a couple of weeks. 2 weeks later I am wondering should I call back or should I just try and be patient and wait? Anyone who knows me would tell you I don’t have a lot of patience, and so I called her back and asked about a date again. I was still very nice until she got an attitude with me and told me that she had no idea and that I was looking at the earliest March but more likely August for surgery….WTF!!! I am not hiding my anger and frustration from her at this point and I tell her that the time frame she is giving doesn’t work for me, she doesn’t really care and says that’s just the way it is.
Now I am angry, I have been reading on my Facebook groups of people having surgery dates in 8 months after starting the program and by the time I have surgery it will be almost 2 years. I very quickly decide I am switching surgeons to one of the other 4 who have a 2-3 month wait list instead of 6-9 months. I call the nurse from the weight program and asked to be switched, she tells me she has to get permission from the head of the program and will get back to me the next day or the following week.
I go to bed and hardly sleep, I am feeling so many things. I am sad, angry, frustrated and most of all just tired of feeling like I am getting the run around all the time.
8:00 AM the next morning I get a call from Dr. Mitchell’s office and it’s his receptionist, she says I have a date to offer you. I am in complete shock, I was not expecting this at all. She gives me some details and gives me a date of February 12th. I am asked to keep it off of the Facebook support group for Calgary as she says she has put me ahead of others due to my work schedule, I agree of course.
So now Christmas has come and gone and the New Year is just around the corner, I am so excited to be able to say that in 4 and half weeks I will be starting my liquid diet and in 6 and a half weeks I having surgery.
I hope that the next few weeks go by fast, I can’t wait to start being a better version of myself!