Mar 04, 2013 - 8:45 am
I posted for the first time about a week ago. That was right after my Primary Care Physician told me about a mass 3.7 X 4.7 X 4.0 cm on my right kidney! He immediately requested a consult with Urology and I have been terrifically persistent pushing my own case for a rapid appointment. It is at 1:00 today. Thats all background!
Are any of you familiar with the quality of care and follow-up available through the Veteran's Administration? I do not have any other options for health care at this moment and I need to know how aggressive I must be with them to get the best care possible. I also wonder if they have the same access and motivation for the most current arsenal in what may be a fight for my life. Medicare will kick in soon, but still, I'm not sure how all this works together.
I'm a pretty tough old buzzard and I've fought back from lots of thing with restarts half a dozen times in my life, but it helps to know how the deck is stacked to craft my best defense! I can be tenacious!
A last thought, I am a still working adjunct college professor raising a grandaughter and I must keep working. Given the worst case scenario on recovery simply from the likely operation, how long must I budget for in terms of being unable to work?
I'll be back later today with a report from this first meeting with my urologist. I am so thankful for finding this site and for the wealth of information you all bring here. I have to admit, on the one hand it is very reassuring to know you are here, but sometimes what you say scares the hell out of me!