Decisions

I called Dr. Lund the next morning and left a message with him as I wasn’t scheduled to see him for three more months and explained to the staff that I had a recurrence that I needed to talk with him about. He called me back and he was able to fit me in for an appointment the same day, so I rushed back to Denver. This is a trip which usually takes ninety minutes to get there from where I live, but I think I made it in less than an hour. Dr. Lund did explain the same options to me in having surgery or the alcohol ablation. He explained that the alcohol ablation is a new technique where they inject ethanol alcohol into the suspected nodule which kills the cancerous cells. It is a fairly new technique that the University is using. He explained further that I really should contemplate what was best for me, but he seemed to be leaning more towards surgery as being the best option. However, he said that the decision was mine, whether to do surgery or the alcohol ablation procedure and that he would support me either way.

At this point I was more confused than ever on what to do and I decided to contact Dr. Bentz, just to get his thoughts on all of this. When I was able to get in touch with him I had a long conversation with him as to which would be the best option for me. I wanted to make an informed decision, by obtaining his opinion and feedback on all of this. After speaking with Dr. Bentz, I felt that surgery was probably the best route to go and feeling more confident with that decision. He has always had such a calming effect on me; it was such a comfort being able to talk with him, as it has been a difficult transition losing him as my doctor. He has been there every step of the way and to have that contact come to such an abrupt halt it was hard for me to deal with, even though I know that I am in very capable hands now.

A few days later after speaking with Dr. Bentz, I had a follow-up appointment for surgery with Dr. Song. I was hoping that he could get the surgery done before the end of the year as I had already met my cap for the year and all of our insurance claims were now being paid 100%. Dr. Song, being the most wonderful doc that he is, did his magic and actually pulled it off in arranging his schedule to get it done before the end of the year! I was so glad that would be one less thing to worry about.