I haven’t updated the blog in a while, because my goodness, I’m exhausted. It has been a crazy, busy, intense week, and I am just utterly exhausted.
By: Robin Harry
I had my first follow-up in oncology through a brand new program at the hospital, called the Transition Care/Survivorship Clinic. It’s so new that I was its first patient! It’s designed to help cancer patients transition back to being cared for by their family physician. The clinic acts as a middleman, sort of; they make sure to send all information back to the family doctor, and inform the family doc of all the tests that are needed, when/how often, what to look for, what questions to ask, etc. They also make sure that the patient is aware of what is expected of him/her, when scheduled tests will be, and what questions to ask their doctor.
The clinic is really efficient and quite personalized, from what I could tell. First of all, before I even went in, I had to fill out a questionnaire that assessed my current state of health/mind and how I feel about it, and any health or practical concerns I have. It really helps the doctor know how the appointment is going to proceed. Also, they even have a handout that’s specific to the kind of cancer that I have (gotta love individualized care), so that both I and my family physician will be on the same wavelength. I really like how complete this program is; I’m glad I’m in it!
Also, I started my cycle monitoring at the fertility clinic last week, and so far I’ve been there three times already this week. It’s tiring – ultrasounds, bloodwork and the doctor everytime. It’s probably even more tiring because the appointments are all quite early in the morning (even on the weekends), and it takes me a while to get there from home, so I’m a little sleep deprived as well.
Apart from the sheer exhaustion, I have no complaints. Just trying to embrace life as much as I can, and I’m doing quite well.
Though I still haven’t accepted that Dan Harmon was fired from Community. That’s seriously the opposite of Batman.