I think you have made a fine choice. I have high respect for Dr. Brackmann Ã¢â‚¬â€œ as I do my own #1 choice surgeon (who did his fellow years with Dr. Brackmann and they actually have written a Neurotology textbook together)http://www.amazon.ca/Neurotology-Robert-K-Jackler/dp/0323018300/ref=sr_1_3/702-4188606-5052003?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196911987&sr=1-3
Both of these great surgeons are highly professional and have the best interest of the patient at heart. I have not met Dr. Schwartz, in person, but on the phone when we spoke he did impress me - most professional he was.
We were not 100% certain my tumor was an AN Ã¢â‚¬â€œ if it was something else ( a meningioma etc) there was a possibility of hearing preservation Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ So I chose the Retrosigmoid over the translab in that odd chance it was not an AN Ã¢â‚¬Â¦but it was an AN after allÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
You will be in the hands of the most
experienced with Dr. BrackmannÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ specifically for the translab
approach. You have chosen THE
place where this surgical procedure was actually developed (by Dr. House).
Seton House is very
basic (but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s affordable.) It seemed quiet and comfortable when I toured it. There you will have the opportunity to meet other AN patients, specifically, which bigger hospitals donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t provide.)
The food at the ST. Vincent hospital Ã¢â‚¬â€œ is well, well Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ er um Ã¢â‚¬Â¦wellÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
pack some good tasty snacks to keep in your room. Also maybe get some popsicles to store in the common area freezer
/fridge Ã¢â‚¬â€œ these are good for slow hydration, nausea, etc and to keep your electrolytes up. Jell-O cups too maybe something you want to have on hand.
Take lots of photos at the wedding of you and all the family Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and be sure to put some up to have there- for you to view at St. Vincent Hospital and at Seton House (I took fun family photos to Stanford and it kept me smiling) Ã¢â‚¬Â¦
Going to Jamaica to rest up and relax before surgery is brilliant!
Put the whole Ã¢â‚¬Å“AN thingÃ¢â‚¬? out-of-your-mind and just enjoy yourself
Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ Savor the sun, surf and quality time with your family.
Keep us posted once you get to House (they have a PC there)