Thanks to everyone - you're all invited to lemons with vodka
I will definitely take your advice and do some more research on doctors.
I keep on telling myself that this isn't as terrible as I feel it is, but man is it hard! I'm usually that annoyingly cheerful person that's never sick (really, no colds, flues or anything like that), but I'm having a really hard time finding that happy girl, except when my daughter makes me laugh. What is really frustrating is that I had just gotten back into school and getting all my core requirements done so I could apply for a BSN program (by the way, going back to school at 32 is a wee bit scary!). Now, well, I have no idea if that will ever happen. I try to be optimistic, but I also feel that I need to prepare myself for and accept the fact that this is serious and I could very well end up with life-long side effects.
@HeidiC ~ Yeah, I believe I have to stay in the southern region. There must be some good doctors here. Did your husband come home for good or did he just get extended leave? Since my husband is stationed in Bahrain (Geo-batchelor) he will only get to come home for 30 days. At least it's better than none.
@Phyl ~ Vodka at my house at any time
I'm planning on having the surgery here in the U.S. I've lived here for 10 years so this is home now. Plus, I know all the medical lingo in English, I'd be clueless in Danish.
@Cindyswart ~ I think I have to stay with the southern states; however, I'm going to call Tricare to find out. If I can go out of my region I'll hit you up for some info.
@Jim Scott ~ I'm glad to see that somebody with a scary, large AN had a good outcome
You give me hope! And, no, I won't be a stranger. This forum is exactly what I need
@Clarice ~ I think you may be right about the location. I have to admit I don't recall everything that was said during my phone conversation this morning. Perhaps I'll call my MD back tomorrow...