After trying every other conservative (non-surgical) attempt at healing in the books, the surgeon stated that it is finally clear that healing won't be happening without surgery.
I asked if tomorrow would work for him. He said, no, but how about Monday, June 17? Yes, of course. I didn't even have to check my (empty) day planner to know that that day would work just fine.
Then, I did the happy dance. Well, I did it in my mind at least, cause my feet wouldn't be able to do that right now.
After explaining what will happen to me from now until the day of surgery, during the surgery, and in the weeks and months after surgery, he shook my hand, and sent me to the pre-op checkpoints.
At that point everything came to a screeching halt, when the Physician's Assistant yelled, "What, what, what's this?" in increasingly louder tones.
Apparently, my EKG doesn't look normal, so it's being sent to the Cardiology department for further review, and likely a stress test and other testing. It is possible that the heart doctors may put the brakes on my surgery date, depending on what they find.
My euphoria quickly deflated, not only at the possible delay of my surgery, but also at the realization that something might be wrong with my heart.
I do understand that it's better to check these potential problems now, rather than have a deadly surprise in the operating room. I'm trying to be OK with that. However, it was still a lot of emotional upheaval in a short amount of time.
And so, the next few days and heart tests will tell the tale. In the meantime, we will start preparing the house to make things possible for me to get around more easily while being non-weight bearing on my right leg. Hopefully, all will go as scheduled and months from now I will be getting back to this,
For now, I better start reading the kazillion instructional papers I was given at the hospital. This surgery could be mere days away, and I have plenty to do to be ready.
Thank you to all of you who have supported me with kindness, encouragement, and prayers throughout this long wait. Your pep talks have been so helpful. For now, though, the saga goes on.....