I was so upset earlier today while writing my other post that I didn't take the time to explain exactly why the surgery was canceled at the last minute. And no, it wasn't because of my weight.
Days prior to my surgery, my ENT and the anesthesiologist discussed my case and thought it would probably be safe to go ahead with the surgery. But, upon doing a mini exam, the anesthesiologist looked at the teeny tiny size of my airway and changed his mind. His concern was not so much how well I'd do under sedation, but that the post-operative narcotics they give you for pain would increase the intensity of my sleep apnea. Without us being quite sure how severe I have the apnea, he would not have been comfortable sending me home with pain medication.
His recommendation is that I have a sleep study done first, to determine the severity of the apnea. If it's not completely awful then surgery can be scheduled. If it is on the severe side, I'd have to be outfitted with a breathing machine to use at night, to force me to breathe. Surgery would then also be a go, because even with the post-operative narcotics, the machine would force me to breathe even though I'd be slightly sedated.
The only problem now is that the local hospital my doctor is affiliated with does not take the Humana PPO insurance I have, so he has to find me another sleep study facility that will accept it. For any of you out there considering signing up with Humana, do NOT do it. The money you may save is not worth the aggravation of this poor coverage.
Blogger friends, I'm sorry for another crap post, but figured you may have been wondering about the details. It's been a dismal, depressing day for me, and the worst part is that Madison woke up with a 101.7 fever this morning and was just diagnosed with strep throat. My poor baby!
Until next time, Justine :o )
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