A long process this waiting for the next appointment is. Have had a full CT scan of the post-operative me and am now booked for an interview with a case doctor at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton on July 24.

Haven’t written because there’s nothing to report between the removal of the tumor that included the possibility of cancer cells escaping into the rest of my body. As expected, the month and a half wait goes slowly.

I’m tired of it so it’s time to be more active. Have a dizziness thing that started about a year ago. Begins by my going cross eyed, dizziness, nausea and sweating. Scary loss of control but it can be managed with relaxation. If it carries me away then I fall down, so in risky places it needs to be focused on. Happened in the store yesterday and I just stopped and told people around me it’s normal. Used to feeel vulnerable admitting weakness, can’t do that any more.

Next is finding out if the cancer spread and will I need chemo.

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  • Maha Bali  On July 16, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Why does itt take so long? If there is a need for treatment shouldn’t they want to know and start ASAP? I know u have had worse probs w the healthcare system but just wondering how they operate!

    • scottx5  On July 16, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      Because of the oil boom, growth has destabilized everything here. Also the place is deeply conservative politically, conservatives are awful at organizing and running anything complex. They live by slogans and dumb luck.

      The majority of the population are here for the oil money and have no stake or interest in how the place runs. When they do show interest, their knowledge is all based on the belief that everything works fine. Only person I’ve met in the whole system who understands is my cardiologist and sometimes my doctor. Because they are women, they pay attention better but can’t make the whole thing function well.

      It’s like living in a story book here. Everyone believes things work and there’s no point in telling different, they just get upset.

      The actual medical people (surgeons, specialists and female doctors) are great but they work in a poorly organized system. So far I’m lucky.

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