December fourteenth

Alright! Good morning and good news: I am going to Canada!

Wooohooo! Happy dancing!

When I first mentioned the idea to Doctor Blonde at C3, she said to me: “Theoretically it’s possible, but you might have to work through red tape.”

Which is why it’s best to go to the top. When asking the lead oncologist he said, “I can’t see why that’d be a problem. I’ll send off a letter.”

Two weeks after that meeting I still didn’t have any news. First my file was lost (may still be lost) and then the doctor’s secretary kept telling me she ‘had the tape’ but hadn’t transcribed it. For a while I was stressing over how LONG everything takes. But, in a second meeting with the lead oncologist – let’s call him Dr Lead, because ‘lead oncologist’ is time consuming – he told me he’d sent an email, not a letter, and it should have been with the doctor in Canada two weeks ago.

Two weeks with no response? Fishy . . .

My mom sent her own email, to which the doctor in Canada, Dr Canada, responded with a phone call to the house. He told her that he hadn’t heard from England.

Ah! Okay. Now at this point I wonder – who was right – Dr Blond or Dr Lead? (Sometimes I wish I could use their real names, because these nick names are just silly!) Was this communication mix up ‘red tape’ or simply a misfired email? In either case, I’d say there’s been a handful of confusion . . . and yet, things are working.

I wrote an email to my UK oncologist, Dr Lead, asking him to please resend his original email to the address I provided again (hopefully correct this time). Wow, email is awesome. In other circumstances I would have waited till clinic or gone through his less than friendly secretary. But with a quick Google search of his name: BAM! Email acquired.

Monday morning he resent the introductory letter to Dr Canada and CCed me and my mother. The oncologist in Canada wrote back yesterday (Tuesday), saying he’s happy to have me and will start things rolling.

Not only are plans unfolding well, but now I’m in touch with an apparently excellent oncologist in Canada who, according to Rate-your-doctor, is kind and supportive. Furthermore, back when I started chemo it was my goal to fly home on the 14th of December. Now, even if I do have another setback, that goal will be met. All of this feels really good.

Next up, I’ll arrange things with Air Canada. Apparently they can help me through the airport, which is great because I have a feeling December 14th will be an exhausting day. Mind you, I’ve never been pushed in a wheelchair before; it’s another physical admission of illness, but geez – thinking about those long walks, I guess there’s little choice.

Less than three weeks and I’ll be with my family again. True it’s only for a visit, but it means the world to me nevertheless.   🙂 Isn’t good news fun?

6 thoughts on “December fourteenth

  1. Great news! You’re going to have an amazing Christmas this year. Just goes to show that if you want something doing, get a good woman on the job. xxx

  2. Wow!!! The timing of things never fails to amaze me.
    Having you this side of the pond means we can bake you cookies that won’t be carbon dateable by the time you get them.

    sending you love & prayers


  3. Hi Catherine,

    When you arrive at the airport counter, remind Air Canada that you need a wheelchair. It will save your energy in terms of fatigue, you get to go through security faster because you get to pass all the long lineups and go to the head of the line, and you get to board the plane first and settle in before the rest of the crowd arrives.

    Whenever I travel with my mom, she needs a wheelchair at the airport. Both for me and her, the privileges of getting through security quickly and boarding the plane first so I can settle her in are much appreciated since they reduce our stress levels.

    If you get the feeling that you are stuck in a wheelchair and they have forgotten you, speak up! It is their policy to have an attendant push your wheelchair. In my case, when an attendant is not available, I push my mom, and when I get to security, the security guy will let me bypass the long lineups.

    It’s great you’ll be home for Christmas and get the remainder of your treatment in Canada.

  4. YAY!!! I’m soooo happy for you Catherine. Xmas at home will definitely improve your healing process big time.

    WOW! less than 3 weeks and you’ll be here, AMAZING how time flies. Better get your woolies out and bring them along, we’re starting to have cold morning here.

    Take care of yourself 🙂


  5. YAY!!!! I’m so excited and happy for you!!!!! That will be such a boost for you and it definitely sounds like you’re in great hands in Canada. That’s so great, Catherine!!!
    P.S. if using a wheelchair will save your energy and *BONUS* get you through security quick-smart-do it!
    Enjoy planning for your visit 🙂

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