By Catherine Guthrie on May 4, 2016
A headline in today’s New York Times got my attention: Medical Errors May Cause Over 250,000 Deaths a Year. I didn’t die from my breast cancer surgeon’s medical error, but I did get a firsthand look at how these errors are glossed over by hospitals and insurance companies alike. Short version: In March 2009, my […]
By Catherine Guthrie on March 19, 2009
The bad news: the surgery hurt like hell (again). The good news: the surgeon’s office called late this afternoon with the latest pathology report. The tissue margins were clear (aka the surgeon did not slice into the tumor as feared), and the tumor was smaller than anticipated, less than 1 centimeter. Time for a margarita.
By Catherine Guthrie on March 16, 2009
Mary and I are up before the sun, preparing for another long drive to Indy. Pre-op arrival time is 10:30; surgery is at 12:30; they tell us we’ll be home in time for dinner. I am hopeful. For reasons too lengthy and complicated to explain at this early hour, I am headed back to the […]
By Catherine Guthrie on March 12, 2009
He missed the tumor. I’m headed back to surgery on Monday. I can’t believe this is happening. I was thrilled to get the drains out yesterday. Finally, I felt almost-human again. Reflexively, my hand went to where the tumor had been. Of my body’s typography, this is a location I know intimately. Which is why […]