With George, I went to see his ENT doctor to prepare for his surgery.
Usually I sit on an exam table and he sits on a chair, but this time it was opposite.
I could hear about the procedure of George’s surgery on the 15th, directly from the doctor.
“ It is a surgery, but it’s rather a procedure as I will just inject a substance. I will give you a pain medicine, but you may not need it and you can eat normal food and talk right after the surgery,” said the doctor.
I realized my assumption was wrong.
“What is the probability of the success?” I asked.
“ 98%. It may not be exactly what you expect, but it should be better than now.”
“ You will be able to talk easily so you won’t get exhausted.”
The explanation ceased my anxiety and I felt much better.
I was so glad to go together with George and ask questions directly.
Herceptin & Tykerb Were Approved
Today was my regular check-up with the oncologist as well.
As I showed my finger, the doctor referred me to a dermatologist, instead of waiting for another month to see a surgeon.
Another of my stresses was released.
I also asked if I could continue the combo of Herceptin and Tykerb, which was recommended by Dr. Glaspy at UCLA Medical Center.
“Yes. I have planed that way already,” she replied.
Though I was afraid that it would be a problem for Kaiser to have me continue those high cost medicines (more than $10,000 per month) without an evidence to support the effectiveness, I was surprised to be accepted so easily.
Now I can continue this super combo another 6 months, until August.
It was a good day and I am so thankful!