Yep, you read that right. The hospital screwed up; they were supposed to start me on a pre-op drug last week, and although I called them and gave them my pharmacy info, they didn't call it in. So I talked to the research nurse this morning; she was very apologetic, admitted they screwed up, but they will NOT perform the surgery tomorrow. I have to be on the drug for three days before the procedure.
Oh I was furious. Then I had a meltdown. It's been a major challenge staying healthy enough to be able to have the procedure; I teach at a year-round early childhood center so I can't just call out, I need a sub to cover me; I made other plans for the summer based on the original dates. Sigh. An hour later, a nurse from the pulmonary department called and we talked. Not only did they not call in the prescription, but they were supposed to send me some paperwork beforehand, which they didn't. Sigh. The one good thing was that both nurses I talked owned up to their mistakes, and admitted they, and the medical team, were at fault.
By the time I got to work, I was calmer but still upset. I spoke to the assistant director and she was very calm and reassuring. She empathized with my situation and said not to worry, they'd figure out coverage. I gave her the new dates, had some coffee and by the time I was due in my classroom I was in reasonable shape.
So, new surgery date for the first procedure is now next Tuesday, the 31st. Since there has to be a minimum time of three weeks in between procedures, the dates for procedures two and three have been pushed back a week.
New countdown to surgery - 8 days!