I went to see my doctor today at 10:00am. I had double checked when they called me earlier in the week and changed my appointment to today that is was today and at 10:00 and at the cancer center. Yes, they told me!
I arrived ten minutes early, at check in they can’t find me anywhere, even though I have been there several times, then discover I am not scheduled there. So I told her repeatedly about the girl calling me and changing my day and time. I had to sit for 30 minutes while a nurse tried to figure out what was going on. She tells me she can’t figure out who called me, but I am to go to my doctors other office at Augusta Oncology Associates (AOA).
So we drive over there and I sit for a half hour, then get called back, sit another half hour and have a intern taking my info that they have already taken every time I have ever been there, sit for another 20 minutes then get told to undress for a vaginal exam, sit for another 20 minutes waiting on the doctor to come in. I have the doctor, his 2nd in charge doctor and the intern all looking up my vagina. I told them they were going to have to start buying me dinner since they all crowd around and peer into my darkness. No laughs with that either! I notice the look on his 2nds face and heard her say to the doctor, is that _____________. He does an internal finger exam and I notice he feels something and says yes. I asked what it was but he refused to tell me until I was dressed and he came back in. So there I waited another half hour for him to come back in my room, completely stressed out!
The look on his face was not good. He said the stent that was put into my right ureter from kidney down to bladder had some how moved and was now in my abdomen and they could see and feel it through the hole in the vaginal cuff. He sends me over to the hospital to have a CT scan with contrast and tells me he will call me as soon as the results are in.
I go to the hospital and sit for two damn hours waiting to be called back. Finally I get an IV put in my arm, then sit another 15 minutes and I am called back. I get on the table and they scan me three times, then inject the contrast into my IV, which always gives me a hot weird taste in the back of my mouth and makes my crotch area very hot. Then they scan me two more times. Then I had to lay there for 15 minutes and they scanned me two more times and I was finally done. I left my house this morning at 9:30am and got home at 3:30pm.
I immediately called my mother and was telling her everything, when the other line beeped in and I said it might be the doctor so hold on. I click over and it is a lady from the other hospital here called University. She says she has me down for 8:00am surgery tomorrow. I said what surgery. She asked if I saw my doctor today and I said yes, what surgery. She asked what the doctor told me and I replied that he saw the stent on the other side of my vaginal cuff. She said, yes! Have you not talked to your doctor since? I said no that I was waiting for his call and again asked what surgery. She refused to tell me and said she would call them and have him call me back. There I sat, stressed in worry for over an hour and my doctors assistant called me. She said that I was NOT having surgery in the morning, but I was having surgery on another day. I asked what surgery and she said she did not know, but my doctor wanted me back in his office tomorrow at 11:45 to go over everything,
The only thing I can figure he would be doing surgery for is to repair the hole in the ureter and get the stent out of my abdomen. It is rushing urine into my abdomen which then runs out the hole in my cuff and I soak a depends every hour now. I don’t think it needs to wait until after the weekend though. I am terrified of having a large incision and the pain of it after. From what I have found, they go in either in your back or your side and it’s a decent sized cut, then they repair the hole. You can end up being in the hospital two weeks and usually are put on a pain pump so you know they expect a lot of pain! Yikes…. You have got to be kidding me! You are also on a catheter for at least a week. EKE…
How in the hell does a stent come out of the ureter and end up in your abdomen. Stents come out sometimes but it is always out through your urethra. I have been unable to find anyone else this has happened to, let alone anyone else that had both a hole in the cuff and a hole in the ureter after a hysterectomy and I also had sepsis and a hematoma that would not come out even through a drain. I almost died then. I do not want to deal with this. Everyone keeps telling me I need to talk to a lawyer because all of it together is just too damn much. I can’t deal with that right now, I have to get better first, but I am thinking about it. I feel I definitely deserve some type of compensation for the many errors on his part that caused me so much pain, suffering and inability to even do a single thing for months. I don’t know though, dealing with that will cause all kinds of anxiety issues for me. Though the money is desperately needed.
I really cannot take anymore bad news. I have had three surgeries before the hysterectomy and never had any problems with them at all. Healed well and no mishaps! My doctor is raved about being the best here by everyone. He never had any error or mishap before me. Why is it always me that the crap happens too anyway?
PLEASE PRAY FOR ME. FOR NO PAIN, FAST HEALING AND RECOVERY AND FOR IT ALL TO BE OVER WITH………….