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Surgical pre-op hiccup

Monday, May 20, 2019

I'm finally scheduled for knee surgery on Friday. I had my pre-op today -- and the EKG looks wonky. The doctor refused to clear me for surgery. emoticon She told me to "make some lifestyle changes" to improve my heart health and see how I'm doing in a few weeks.

I'd been fasting for almost 24 hours for the bloodwork (They couldn't see me until the afternoon.), and I admit it - I was crabby. I replied tartly, "I don't drink, smoke, or take drugs. You know I'm killing myself to adhere to keto. What lifestyle changes were you looking for? Are you saying I need to exercise so we can do the surgery to allow me … (wait for it) … walk?"

She admitted that it was a circular logic, but medicine has not been my friend over the years. emoticon I pitched a polite tantrum, and she did have her assistant work to get me a cardiac appointment for tomorrow, which I know is a big deal. Hopefully, s/he will be able to clear me, because if the surgery is not this Friday, this surgeon is not available until July, and people - I'm out of work until I can walk again.

Naturally, when I'm stressed, anxious, and/or angry, I want to eat. But I have contained myself and only had a serving of peanuts following the fasting bloodwork.

So please hold a good thought for me. This is going to be a long, stressful week, and I need to stay the course. emoticon
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