Today I had my appointment with the surgeon, and I am very pleased with how it went!
She had a look and was like "oh yeah, that's easy to fix, heck with everybody canceling their appointments due to the snow I could do it here and now, but let's look at the OR schedule..." I asked why she wouldn't do it in the office if that was the case and she said most people didn't want to be awake during surgery or would freak out, faint, puke, etc. I said I was all about avoiding unnecessary general anesthesia, didn't scare easily, and have a strong stomach, so let's git 'er done! She waffled because of my bleeding disorder but I told her my recent hemoglobin was nearly fifteen and I'm not bruising lately so I wasn't worried. She said weeeell if you're SURE and willing to sign a waiver, worst-case scenario we have to move across the parking lot to the hospital but I'm not busy...one signature, five minutes, and three stitches later I was down a tumor (click here for a photo if you're the morbid type like I am) and delighted to have gotten it sorted out for one $40 copayment. The whole thing was so quick that my resistance to local anesthetics wasn't even an issue--the surgeon used the particular local anesthetic that is supposed to be most effective for people with my genetic syndrome, and it lasted long enough that I had very little pain during the procedure (locals DO have an effect on me, but only for a couple of minutes). She even wrote for a few Percocet just in case since I can't take NSAIDs; my arm doesn't hurt but I've had a migraine for the past two days and was grateful to get something to take the edge off.
All in all a very satisfactory appointment! I'll definitely use this surgeon again if I need any work done in the future. She was personable, competent, and not a hardship to look at. Two thumbs up!
And how are all of YOU?