Today I got some good news. I went into ambulatory care today at St. Paul’s Hospital.
Normally I go in there about 9:30 a.m. and there is 50 other patients in there but today I went in at 11:30 a.m. and there were four patients waiting. I knew enough not to get excited. There is no chance a surgeon would not be running late by 11:30 a.m. Laws of nature prohibit it.
So I waited for an hour. Then another 30 minutes. It was what I expected.
I used to be bothered by this but people are incredibly sick in there and I have overheard some of what nurses and doctors say to patients and caregivers. It is life and death. The other thing is that surgeon is really efficient. Finally the hospital has sent down more nurses on busy days but I think the problem is a lack of surgeons and beds, not staff.
Finally I got to see her and she looked at my foot for like 20 seconds and then we chatted about the infection (not her department but there was a resident in there with her so she was explaining part of it) and then we chatted about walking. That got her excited and she had some questions about that, nothing serious but more about why that far and the impact. She then said “You’ve healed yourself” with that walking which I don’t know if I believe, I think my doctors and nurses have done a lot and I still have that infection but it was encouraging to hear.
The big news for me was that she let me know that while there are problems with the ankle, there isn’t anything serious going on with blood flow and circulation that will cause me problems down the line. While she wants me to watch it, the other suggestion was to start wearing New Balance shoes. Apparently those are the shoes more of us should be wearing so I will check them out when I need new shoes this summer.
There is still the infection and cellulitis which I wish would go away but the ulcer is staying healed and that is a reason to celebrate. So basically I was fired today as a patient and I was never so happy.