But seriously, man. This surgery center sure knew how to keep the suspense rolling like a M. Night Shyamalan movie! I had the surgery on Thursday, September 25th. A week goes by with no answer = suspense, level 1. I messaged them the following Friday around noon or so. The neat thing with Kaiser's online system is you can send emails with pictures to your doctor(s) and they will respond. The even neater thing is you can see if they've opened/read your messages. At 3pm on Friday, I see that my message was opened and read = suspense, level 2. By Friday at 5pm with no response = suspense, level 2.5.
I go on about my weekend, rarely thinking about it. O-kay fine, I might have thought about it a LOT! So, what... I would have my moments without thinking of it, but then I'd backtrack and wonder why they wouldn't just respond with a quick "no, they aren't in yet" or even "we had to send them off to another department"; the latter would have sent me reeling, but at least it would have been a response. The dude knew how freaked out I was since I mentioned it to him at least three times. I obviously didn't make much of an impression...
Monday rolls around and still nothing = suspense, level 4. I end up having a minor freak out in the bathroom Monday night. Of course, all of this thinking (*cough* WORRYING) made my belly also freak out. My belly is such a good friend; it didn't want to leave my mind freaking out all by itself. I mentioned to my dad that my stomach is making noises that I thought only dinosaurs made. I hate ulcerative colitis...not as much as I hate Melanoma...but there is absolute, valid hatred there.
My belly is so jacked up that Tuesday I need to call in. I was up almost all night in pain. I wrote the guys at the office and told them that I'm not sure if I have "the bug" or whatever because someone had it earlier on in the week. I'd force some soup in me and then come in after - but, my butt had other plans. The soup backfired...literally (thanks, ulcerative colitis). I laid around with no energy (thanks, ulcerative colitis) during the in-between times when I am not in the bathroom (thanks, ulcerative colitis!). I decide that I am going to call Kaiser and ask them what's up so I don't have to deal with this shit anymore. As I am on the phone with a nurse in the surgery center, she tells that the results from the surgery are in, but she needs to review them with the doctor. Suspense...maxed the fuck out, level 5!
Then the call. I am on the phone with the hubs and I tell him I need to go, Kaiser is calling. Inhale... "Hi, this is Amber". Exhale....
It was a lipoma!!! A stupid piece of fat...on my back....that decided to grow there and mess with my head for a full month (well, technically over a month after 'the discovery'). I told her thank you. Thank you for calling me back....and thank you for allowing me to finally get some well needed sleep. I slept solid from about 8pm until 5:45am.
Now the game plan is getting mentally back on track. It took me a long time to get to where I was before this stupid ass piece of fat decided to fuck my world up. So crazy how something so seemingly small can impact you in such a large way.