So much has happened since I last posted. May is almost over, I never go this long without blogging. This has been such a great way for me to release some of my frustrations, express my appreciation from my heart and share the humor in my life.
I have a surgeon. I love, love, love. Dr. Sal Lettieri. I was referred to him by Heather a year ago, but since he was out of the country at the time we decided to go to Cleveland Clinic (huge mistake) I haven’t heard from Cleveland Clinic since I had my surgery in July of last year. I realize I should have waited and seen Dr. Lettieri. He is employed by Mayo Clinic, works at the Maricopa Burn Center in Phoenix and does 2 days a week at Mayo…..whew that was a mouth full. How do I explain Dr. Lettieri, and why I love him……? He is compassionate with a little bit of sassy in his attitude. I just really feel comfortable with him. Dr. Lettieri did my last surgery at Mayo Clinic. He is very confident in what he does. There is a huge difference in doctors who are confident and those that are cocky. My doctor at Cleveland was very cocky and arrogant, I never felt comfortable with him or felt he had my best interest at heart. I was so impressed with Dr. Lettieri one day at one of my appointments. He was telling me what he thought would be the best surgery for me, then instead of making the decision he said “I know some really smart surgeons, I’m going to call one of them and get their opinion” he pulled out his ‘flip phone’ (seriously who still has those?) called a colleague gave him my diagnosis and asked him what he would do…. the other surgeon agreed with his decision, he hung up and said “In my job I know some really, really smart people, so I’m going to get one more opinion” and he did, he called another surgeon he knew just to make sure they all thought it was the proper procedure…..I loved him at that moment, not too many doctors do that in fact no doctor I know has ever done that for me…..confident vs. cocky……he’s confident. Last week I got a text from him saying “call me when you can” I was at work on a break so I called him. This is what he said “I’ve been thinking about your surgery and…….” he proceeds to tell me about a change in the procedure of my surgery, …… I interrupted him and said “I trust you, I don’t really understand any of what your telling me anyway so just do what you know is best for me” It finally feels really great to have a surgeon I can trust. I have thought about him so many times since then, what it said to me was he was thinking about me. He has many patients, and I guarantee he has their best interest at heart. I found out that he is Nie Nie’s Dr. L, on her blog.
My last appointment with Dr. Lettieri was good news. The nerve replacement he did from my leg to my face is supposed to grow an inch a month. February was my last surgery, so it should have grown 3 inches. He checks this by tapping on the left side of my face to see where I feel it on my face. When he did that, I instantly felt it on the upper right side of my lip….HOORAY….stand up and do a jiggle dance…..it’s working. I cried on the way home, I’m so happy. So, what does that mean? It means in 3 more months if it continues to grow I will have another big surgery to connect it to a viable muscle, or was it a nerve….? I don’t know, it gets connected to one of those on the right side. It doesn’t really change the look of my face, but it gives me some feeling back. Right now my face is still so numb. The entire right side of my upper lip feels like when you go to the dentist and get novocaine….. Dr. Lettieri, was really happy with the results.
My eye continues to be an issue, it constantly drips. Basically the surgery Dr. Cockyman did at the Cleveland Clinic was a waste of time. I have a hard time seeing out of my right eye. By the time I leave work at UsAirways it is a constant drip and never goes away. Dr. Lettieri and Heather had me do some exercises with my eyes to see what the issues were. I will be having surgery at the Mayo Clinic on June 24th, hopefully to put an end to the eye dripping and redness.