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had my tenth visit to CancerCare yesterday…

have the process down fairly smoothly… I walk over to the hotel that is just a block away from the office and take a cab to the CancerCare building…

much simpler than taking the car and trying to find a parking spot… also saves time…

arrived right on time only to hear that their records had me scheduled for half an hour later… sat down and in just a few minutes I was called…

had the usual weigh in and height measurement and was put into a room… about five minutes later a nurse came in to get the basic info… she asked if I’d come on my own today and if there were any changes to my medical history… I said no, that I’d mentioned my diabetes previously… she says that’s not on your chart… then she asks for my birthdate and says what’s your last name… at which point we realize that there were two of us with the same first name waiting to see one of the doctors…

she left and after quite a long wait one of the doctors came in… it was the doctor who did my surgery and I think this might be the second time I’ve seen her since my actual surgery…

there are four surgeons and you see whoever is working that day…

she asked the usual questions and did the usual exam… she advised that everything looked normal and said she always used those words so that the patients’ know they are doing okay…

she talked about the fact that my next appointment will be my last, at which time I will be released back to my family doctor for yearly follow ups…

a quick walk through HSC and out to the taxi stand where the driver had me sit in the front with him… first time a cab driver has ever offered that option…

he was very friendly and we chatted all the way back to the office…

ten down and one left to go… let’s keep on with the normal