“You know, this isn’t yours.”
Those aren’t exactly the words you want to hear while you’re being registered as a new patient anywhere, let alone a cancer hospital. But, Penn Dental did, indeed, give me the wrong CT results CD; that can only mean somewhere, out there, is a perfectly healthy person being told they have cancer.
To whoever that might be, I’m very, very sorry.
However, that was the only snafu in a pretty lengthy orientation visit, the first of many to Fox Chase in the Burholme section of Philadelphia.
I met my ENT surgeon, his fellow, my nurse navigator, 2 RNs, my radiology oncologist and his resident. My ENT is the departmental chief and my RO is equally as impressive. I’m definitely in great hands.
But before any of this can get started, there’s a lot to be done. CAT scans, PET scans, oral surgery. And the quicker all of this happens, the sooner I’ll have surgery.
Because there will be surgery and probably radiation. Head and neck cancer patients don’t receive chemotherapy, so I’ll get to keep my hair.
Kidding, just kidding. Radiation isn’t a walk in the park, either. None of this is.
But that’s a few months away and I’ll have some time to wrap my head around all of this, even as things get started. I have a CAT scan scheduled for next week and then I get to see my ENT a few days after that to go over the results. Then we can start putting my treatment plan together.
In the meantime, I have to get medical records sent, faxed, emailed or flown up there by carrier pigeon. I need to see the oral surgeon and figure out what we’re going to do and when it might happen. It doesn’t look like, in the words of my ENT, it’s “galloping away”, but the sooner we get this party started, the better.
Did I mention my ENT is chief of the department?
I got The Boss. I love it when that happens.
So, off to tackle the to-do list. I really don’t want the boss to yell at me.