So mom WAS scheduled to have some cancer removed from the side of her head this coming Thursday. The dermatologist (Dr. Lycka) mailed some pre-op forms to moms doctor (Dr. Sereda) at the nursing home.. only they were addressed to MOM not to the doctor. The receptionist at the nursing home re-enveloped them and mailed them to me. I just got the forms today (Dec 11). The forms were dated Nov. 14 and were to be returned to the dermatologists by Dec. 03, or the surgery would have to be cancelled / rescheduled. Good Grief. Do these secretaries (medical office assistants I believe the term is) not think about what they are doing??? If Dr. Sereda has to fill out the forms, address them to him. Should be pretty straight forward wouldn't you think? If someone has an active POA then clearly that person is not capable of much, so really, nothing of importance should be addressed to them.
Anyhow, moms surgery has to be rescheduled. Since the spot where Dr. Lycka originally removed the (cancerous) lesion is almost completely healed up, and is not giving mom any more pain, I'm thinking to just postpone it till the summer. Carting her around by wheelchair taxi in the cold, ice and snow is unsettling for her and hard on me too - I'm no spring chicken any more either. They want to remove several layers of skin just to make sure they get it all, but really, who's to say they didn't get it all when they removed the lesion? I'm thinking it wouldn't have healed as nicely if they didn't 'get it all'.
Edit: Today the head RN from the nursing home called to say they had the dermatologist fax over the pre-op forms, the nursing home doctor filled them out and faxed them back. Mom's appointment is going ahead as scheduled. Really ?!?!?!?... they couldn't have done that in the first place. ???