For the past few weeks I’ve been nervous about an upcoming medical procedure. I had had a severe ear infection that had actually lasted a few months and had about two sessions of antibiotics will little success. I went to Dr Krause at the Palo Alto Medical Center and he removed the thinnest sliver of wax that had adhered to my ear drum. That seemed to fix everything. During the visit he asked about my ‘raspy’ voice. I told him I always sounded that way and Richard verified that my voice has been the same for twenty years. Well, he took a look and noticed a polyp and suggested I get removed. He doubted that it was malignant, but really felt it would improve my voice. After doing the research and much consideration, I consented to the procedure. The surgery prep was effortless. They only needed EKG and CMP.
I went to the Sutter Surgery Center with Richard in Santa Cruz at 10am. It was very hard to wait. I should add that I’m an RN and also a terrible patient. The best part for me was they allowed Richard to stay with me till the very point they took me to the OR. The staff, from nursing to the great anesthesiologist, Dr Monroe and Dr Krause were very empathetic and patient. When I awoke in recovery Richard came in and told me it was only 40 minutes. Dr Krause told him that what he took out did not look ‘sinister.’
The Hard Part
The hard part for me is that I can’t talk for 2-3 days. Anyone who knows me just a little knows what a great challenge this will be. We have notepads and sharpies all over the house and I have iPhone apps that I can type into and will speak for me.