This was the week of The Maven's much-anticipated visit with her Neurosurgeon, who will be doing her surgery. First of all we showed up Monday morning only to arrive and be told our appointment had been on Friday and we hadn't showed.
We had all our reminders written for Monday and there were no calls to us to remind us of either Friday or Monday's appointment. Doctor wasn't there so we were rescheduled for this morning.
What we hoped to hear was that the doc has received all test results/scans, etc and would have information about how we would proceed towards a surgery date. He had all test and scan results and what we were told was that The Maven would have to see the ENT Surgeon who would be working along side the Neurosurgeon before scheduling could be done. We could have done that last week when we had so much down time! Now we can't get into see this ENT doc until mid-May and that means more delay for that surgery date. These ENT surgeons are not really plentiful and are consider among the best in the country, but they do not take our insurance. This means we now will haggle with the insurance company to see if they will make an exception, especially given the delicate nature of the surgery and the excellent reputation of the clinic. They pioneered the modern day surgical techniques that are used for the removal of Acoustic Neuromas.
It's okay though, it is a step forward and I will call the clinic daily to see if they have a cancellation. (Won't I be popular?)
The Maven still has the Vertigo symptoms and we are working on her building more stamina by walking. Depending on the time of day, she is going a little further than she was a month ago. This will be a helpful bench mark for post-surgery recovery as well as keeping her strength up in her legs, not to mention the mental health benefits of activity.
We found a beautiful rose garden not far from our home and I plan to take the camera next time.
Hope you enjoyed seeing the lovely Bougainvillea that is growing on the trellis on the back patio. I can see it from the kitchen here and it's just a pretty pop of color. The hummingbirds have been draining the little feeders I've put out for them, but they are awfully hard to get a picture of!
Here's another rascal that's hard to take a picture of, Dexter. He and Darcy have been staying with us since The Maven has been bunking here. For some reason he really loves the bathtub, but is such a blur on film that it's hard to get a good shot. I'm working on some more for a "cat post".
Good week ahead for everyone!