May 1, 2018 Pre-surgical Testing and Lunch in Manhattan

I am going through my 20,046 photos and 629 videos and thought that I would use a quick post as a good way to delete some pictures. I am still trying to figure out how I have 629 videos, but I think that might be due to accidentally having my iPhone camera setting on video instead of photo!

Anyway May 1st, Steve and I took the train to Manhattan to see Dr. Boland before the surgery to remove the myxoma in my thigh. He is a surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. When my thingamajig in my thigh was discovered in February 2017, we were able to get a second opinion with Dr. Boland. Sloan doesn’t just see anyone, we had to have pathology reports and a diagnosis first. My specialness was confirmed with the diagnosis of a myxoma-only one in a million people get them. Surprise! Once I was accepted into the Sloan system it was decided to have my surgery there instead of back home in Poughkeepsie.

After following my myxoma for over a year, Dr. Boland decided to remove it. We just had to stop traveling for a while! So after our trip to The Maldives, Argentina and Abaco, we were finally in one place long enough for me to have surgery and recover. So a date in May was picked for the surgery. I already described the Excellent Surgery Adventure in a previous post.

Pre Surgical Testing was scheduled and we met with the doctor first. We were unsure if I would actually have surgery as the last MRI showed a decrease in size of the myxoma. We were happy that Dr. Boland still wanted to do the surgery, he thought the size discrepancy could have been due to measurement error. He explained the surgery and we were off to get chest x-rays, blood draw and EKG’s. Blood draws are my favorite part. I have great veins for phlebotomists to use. Steve accuses me of suffering from veinity. Ha Ha.

After that was over we were free to go to lunch and then home. We picked Avena on E. 57th Street. We sat upstairs, the first time we were there we ate downstairs. Like most NYC restaurants it was quite small. Upstairs was nice and since it was a beautiful day we could look outside. We picked the prix fixe lunch special. Steve had the Green pea Veloute with roasted flying squid! Hmm, that sounds interesting now doesn’t it! It was a strange choice for Steve as he does not like mollusks. But he does like Green peas. Presentation was the way I like it, except this time it was a little backward. Soup first and then squid was ladled in, unlike the restaurant at The Union League where I got vegetables and then soup was poured on.

Here it is with the squid in it. Now doesn’t that just make you want to gag! Steve says the addition of the squid was not a value add at all! I was SMART and had the seasonal greens with air dried cured beef. A much more sensible choice. However as Steve has a condition where iron is stored in the body he has to limit his beef intake. A real bummer to my diet, as this means we don’t get to eat a lot of steak now. For his entree Steve had homemade Fettuccini with wild mushrooms. Just looking at the dish now, I can understand why Steve had indigestion later in the day. It looks a wee bit greasy to me. Too much truffle oil perhaps!My entree was salmon on a potato galette. Much easier to digest. Steve had two small balls of pistachio ice cream. I upgraded my dessert for an extra $4 and got the semifreddo Tangerine compote with pistachio pralines and warm meringue. It was delicious.

I don’t think we will go to the restaurant again as, the food was a little too rich for Steve. I thought it was great. As long as I gave Steve goo goo eyes 👀 and didn’t look at Steve’s choices I was fine!

Do you have good veins?

Do you think squid 🦑 are disgusting?

How much of an up charge would you pay for a dessert?

Monday May 7,2018 Sloan Excellent Adventure

After dinner last night we returned to the apartment where I showered with my super duper cleanser the doctor had told me to use. Of course it was red and I dropped the bottle and spilled some on the white floor of the bathroom. I screamed for Steve to clean it up for me. He was as accommodating as could be. I was petrified that I had stained the tile, but the tile and grout were well sealed. Steve did a great scrub a dub and all was cleaned up. If I didn’t write this our wonderful hosts might never have known- but you know me-full disclosure Linda! No 🧐 for them

Although the sheets on the bed were of excellent quality-I will have to get the name of the manufacturer- I slept poorly. I am sure it was pre surgery jitters.

I woke up before the alarm and Steve and I were out the door by 6:30. We were due at Admissions at 7:15. The walk to the hospital from the apartment was relatively quick and after a few wrong turns we found admissions. Sloan really needs to work on the signage.

At admissions I was warned that census was high and I was likely not going to get my private room after all. I asked if the M-19 rooms were available. They were, but at an up-charge of $2K-$11K per night . That was going to be a no go. Goodbye Frette sheets, Limoges China, and Aubusson carpets. Hello double room!

We got through admissions even before our check in time, as we left there were two patients accompanied by family entering the office. As I turned to leave I noticed a woman with a sharp black bag. I was going to compliment her, but Steve had reminded me to keep my conversations to a minimum and focus.

So up we went to the sixth floor for surgery prep. At this point I realized, uh oh, I had left my overnight bag at the apartment! You can only imagine how bad I felt. I had one job, enter the hospital with my overnight bag that I was supposed to have schlepped the ten blocks with me. I tried to pretend that it was Steve’s fault as he ALWAYS throws a check in the room when we check out some place. However as Steve usually needs three cups of coffee before he can start his day and he had none, so I have to admit to my own operator error.

During the pre surgery prep I answered all my questions truthfully with only a little bit of extra verbiage. Dr. Boland cane in to see me and remarked how quickly we ate our dinner last night- I said” But you told me to eat a light meal!”

While waiting I read books as did Steve, and did throw in a couple of “I love you’s” and some semi chaste kisses.

At one point I looked across the room and saw Dr.Jarnigan-who had removed my pancreatic cyst and spleen in December 2015. I called to him and he came over to me I’m not sure he remembered who I was but did a good job faking it!

I popped out my contact lenses and we put them in some pill cups. Of course after I did that Dr. Snappy Dresser von HotStuff came to meet me. I could tell he was dressed nicely but the handsomeness factor was a guess. I am very near sighted and developing a cataract, so I was not 100% sure of my hot doctor evaluation. The nurse who was wheeling me into surgery was practically salivating over him, so my description of his hotness factor was apt.

Surgery was expected to be around 2+ hours, instead it took about 45 minutes. Dr. Boland and his surgical hot assistant had no problem removing the Myxoma. Dr. B thought it looked like an onion and it is being sent away to be sliced, diced and examined further. I will know more in next week.

I woke up in recovery and Steve came into see me shortly after. There was discussion about my discharge either today or tomorrow!

My room became available and I was brought over to it. I have a dream patient. She is asleep all the time. Let’s hope she isn’t in any pain and has speedy healing.

We ordered a light lunch for me and I even felt strong enough to do a lap around the floor!

Dr. Boland came into see me. I am spending the night as there are concerns I might throw a clot. Better safe than sorry.

No more blogging. My power is 49% and charger is back at the apartment.

Thanks for all the speedy healing wishes! ❤️💋