Marsha Canham's Blog

September 23, 2011

Turns out the knife was dull. *snort*

Filed under: Caesars Through the Fence — marshacanham @ 3:57 am

Just an update for those who sent along best wishes for my surgery today.

Arrived at the hosp just after noon, at the appointed time…checked in…had blood sucked out of my arm, had electrodes stuck into various body parts, had the prerequisite meeting with the physiotherapist, then sat around in a fetching, backless hospital gown for three hours, getting a  headache from not eating or drinking since 7:pm last night.  Around 4ish, a harried intern came to the waiting room  and told the poor sap next to me, who had already been hooked up to an IV drip, that his surgery was going to be postponed. The doctor was behind, complications with earlier surgeries, then an emerg case with some idiot who had fallen asleep at the wheel of his car and had intercourse with a telephone pole resulting in, among other things, a broken arm.  Then the intern looked at me.  I narrowed my eyes and looked back. I said don’t even tell me.  He said yes, you too.  Cancelled.
The nurse offered me orange juice. I asked if she had vodka to go in it.  Apparently not.
 So I have to rebook.
And the fun bonus? I had to pay $17.00 for parking.


  1. Bummer! Big time! All that prep, all that agony of anticipation plus $17.00 for parking,, the parking is the least of it all, really. It’s the agony of going through all the angst only to be told you have to rebook! I’m sorry, Marsha. That’s all I can say…I’m really sorry and spit in the eye of the health care system cuz we have too few doctors to go around!

    Comment by Jill Metcalf — September 23, 2011 @ 4:22 am | Reply

  2. Unbelievable! Nothing like getting mentally prepared (if that is even possible) and then that scenario.

    Too bad you can’t deduct that $17 from your doctor’s bill. Ha!

    Keep us posted.

    Comment by caseykelly3 — September 23, 2011 @ 4:22 am | Reply

  3. You take care. Miss your wisdom. be safe ok..

    Comment by Pilot — September 23, 2011 @ 4:34 am | Reply

  4. AUGH!! I feel your angst, Queen Trog. So sorry…

    Comment by Cynthia Wright — September 23, 2011 @ 5:08 am | Reply

  5. I am sorry to hear this. My husband had to have surgery on one knee some years ago in a hospital in the South Shore of Montreal and it happened the same thing. The op was posponed. He was scheduled for the afternoon like you. He was so mad that he decided that he wasn’t returning and you know what happened? His knee got better by itself. He had a small rupture (I don’t know if this is the name) and when they did some tests some months after this episode, all was well.

    Comment by Susana — September 23, 2011 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

    • Susana, unfortunately no, I can’t leave it and walk away. I can barely walk LOL. The knee itself has to be replaced, no question, but the scope was to give me a little more time…even a year or two…before I have to go bionic. But thanks for the thought *g*

      Thank you everyone for your thoughts and commiserations.

      Comment by marshacanham — September 23, 2011 @ 1:31 pm | Reply

  6. OMGosh!! How awful for you!
    Major bummer!!

    A person never looks forward to any kind of surgery and then to be told, sorry, not today, come back another day.
    Yep, the wonderful world of hospitals! 🙂
    I know you can’t control the ‘unexpected’, but still, not a fun day, I feel for you.

    They should of at least given you some flowers or a free lunch or paid for your parking……sheesh!
    Oh, wait one minute, this is the real world we’re talking about, my mistake. 😉

    Hope you get some rest and maybe a fast reschedule for your surgery.

    On a cheer-y note, happy to see you blogging!! I really look forward to your post. You’re sooooo funny and entertaining. I read you all of the time. You’re definitely up there with the great ones!
    Keep us posted. 🙂

    Make sure someone is around treating you like the queen that you are!! (((hugs)))

    Comment by Dalila G. — September 23, 2011 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

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