Tuesday, September 9, 2008

I <3 my PCP

Yesterday I had my pre-op physical. It reminded me how much I love my PCP.

First, she was completely apologetic about missing my low calcium levels on my last labs as soon as she walked in the door. She thinks this is happening because of taking HCTZ and told me to stop taking it until I get my pre-op labs because if it's still low they might postpone the surgery.

Of course, now I have another thing to be worried about, but there isn't much I can do about it now. I didn't take my blood pressure medicine this morning and I didn't take my Prilosec either (there is a school of thought that PPIs also inhibit the absorption of calcium). Hopefully between that and all the calcium supplementing I've been doing since I noticed the low calcium for myself, everything will be okay when it counts.

I also told her that you shouldn't take more than 500mg of calcium at a time because you won't absorb it all and, instead of getting all pissy that one of her patients knew something she didn't, she was happy to learn something new. I can only imagine how Dr. Whiny would have reacted to the same conversation.

Then, she asked me how I was feeling about it all. When I said I was nervous it wouldn't work, she said very emphatically not to be because "it works!" Somehow, coming from her, it carries more weight than when a post-op or a baratric surgeon says it. I guess it's because I see her as a neutral party in all this.

She also complemented me on being so prepared and says their bariatric surgeon thinks that's a key to success. (My medical group has a bariatric department but they only do gastric bypass.)

After the physical, I got my EKG right there in the room and she gave me a bunch of reports to fax to Dr. Awesome. Now all I have to do is have my labs done on Wednesday and have my pre-registration phone call with the hospital on Thurs. and I'll be done with the pre-op requirements. Well, beside paying for everything, of course.
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