Tuesday, February 5, 2008

transfer? operation? who knows?

As of 7AM on SUPER TUESDAY morning, the situation looks like this:

I should be transfered to Homolka Hospital tomorrow morning - ambulance at 7:30AM, but they're often late or have to pick someone else up (or both), so you never really know. I have to be there by 8:30. Surgery could happen as early as Thursday 7.2 (possibly Friday) after I (hopefully get to) speak with the doctor tomorrow.

This seemingly sketchy information is the clearest I've had so far. Things seem to change every ten minutes: times, dates (I was supposed to have the operation on 21.1), hospitals (at the Military Hospital), doctors, and costs (from free to CZK two million).

The only constants are the size of the tumor, the surrounding swelling and the diagnosis. However, the fact that this type of brain tumor is supposed to be the most aggressive form around and has not grown since my MRI on 10.1 is fairly encouraging.

I will (hopefully) have more relatively concrete info tomorrow. Please stay tuned...

7 comments:

Liz said...

I hope it happens soon, and is perfectly successful. Good luck, well done and thank you for writing up all this news, and lots of love.
Liz xxx
PS Don't let money be a worry - I believe you have enough friends to manage that by hook or by crook.

krystal mark said...

(repost from previous blog subject)

mr. garfunkel,

i was in shock when i heard about your hospitalization. i actually tried calling you a few weeks ago to see how your visit with my recommendation with the chiropractor in Praha 6 went--- now i know why you didn't pick up...

my thoughts are with you as you go through this ordeal. i can certainly relate--- my mother had a brain tumor removed last fall. luckily, the operation was a total success with no adverse side effects.

in any case, i'd like to visit, but don't want to feel as if i'm imposing... i know that my mom certainly wasn't in the mood to have random visitors stopping by all of the time, so could you please let me know if you'd like a visit from me at mark@krystalproductions.cz , please?(or you can say it gently here on the blog if you prefer). just to jar your golfball-infested memory, this is mark grein-- we usually met up randomly at the pub at riegrovy sady during soccer games...

take care, and hang tough mike!

mark

Bronia said...

Cau Miku,
ja a Sarinka drzime palce a stale na tebe myslime.

Pusu Bronia a Sara

Antiquated Tory said...

Fucking fuckity fuck, for something like this where there isn't a moment to be wasted and the med bureaucracy to be playing its great Kafkaesque "I'm sorry you don't have the right razitka" games.
Btw, I have fwd'ed your blog URL and situation to Oscar.

Anonymous said...

Miku, broucku, this is a good news about the surgery and about no more growth! Ni pucha ni pera! ( You should say K chertu, in case you don't know) all Russian array of your friends sends their love to you, Marjana, Lena, Galja, Jana, Will (oops) and me. You will get all the best konfety kogda vyjdesh iz bolnicy. Celuem i verim v tebja. Irina

FRANCISCO said...

Eres un campeon!! No conozco a nadie con tu sentido del humor. Dentro de poco acabara la incertidumbre que ahora te rodea. Espero que lo del seguro se vaya aclarando y que finalmente te quites un peso de encima. Todo va a salir bien y dentro de poco volvere a darte unas collejas.Un beso.

Anonymous said...

Phew, well I hope it all happens in a quick and painless way. I love you working on your littel book now but it will not be a little book, thinking of making beer coasters instead. Ann