In my post ‘5 days, and more‘, I wrote the following –
We are starting our 5th full day here in Pensacola, Florida. Today is an important day in that I have my first doctor’s appointment here. My appointment is with my Primary Care Manager at which time a referral will be submitted for a urologist visit; hopefully sometime within a week. Several weeks ago, I faxed a portion of my medical records from my previous urologist Dr. F. in Dallas; I wanted the Primary Care Manager here to be aware of my situation. My hope is this would place an emphasis on the importance of receiving a referral as soon as possible. The completed medical records will be delivered today.
In today’s post, I write the following –
My first visit with my Primary Care Manager and Naval Hospital of Pensacola were excellent. I felt very comfortable with my new Primary Care Manager and his urgency to meet my needs were outstanding. The visit involved him learning about the history of my cancer, prescribing medications for my pain and ordering lab work and chest X-ray. He proceeded with the instant referral for me to see the in-hospital urologist. I was amazed with the speed at which this process took place: initially this could take up to a week. Following the visit with my Primary Care Manager I had the opportunity to visit with my new urologist Dr. P.
I am absolutely totally pleased with Dr. P. and I feel extremely comfortable in his excellent expertise from this point on with regards to my care. We spoke about my history of cancer and surgeries for this past year and he discussed the future options available. Before a future option is decided, other activities must first take place.
Dr. P. desires a roadmap before we can proceed with making a decision for the immediate future selection. This roadmap starts with a chest, abdominal and pelvic CT Scan with contrast; then will be followed by a surgical procedure. The CT Scan took place this past Wednesday and the surgical procedure should take place next week. I have an appointment with Dr. P. this morning to discuss the results of the CT Scan.
The surgical procedure next week requires that I be placed under general anesthesia at which time Dr. P. will use a scope to view my urinary tract system to determine if the cancer is in other areas besides the bladder. Upon this procedure Dr. P. and I will discuss my options in greater detail and make a decision for my next major surgery. He has indicated the surgery will most likely be scheduled for late this month or early next month. Also depending on the results of the CT Scan and surgical procedure; the possibility of Chemo Therapy may be required.
Gary and I are extremely pleased with the response from the Naval Air Station Hospital and my new doctors. I feel very comfortable with our new living location, my new doctors and the possibilities for the future.