Getting confused? My medical team consists of…
Dr S: My first oral & maxillofacial surgeon at Westmead Hospital. He did my first biopsy and referred me to Dr P. And, because he happened to have a surgery at Macquarie University Hospital on the same day as my main surgery and he’s that sort of guy, he assisted on my main surgery too.
Dr P: My second oral & maxillofacial surgeon at Macquarie University Hospital. The best in the business. If you are on the east coast of Australia and need an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, contact me for his details and a glowing recommendation.
Dr A: My plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Macquarie University Hospital. He’s tops too.
Dr H: Head and neck cancer specialist, who assisted on my main surgery. He was elusive for a while there, probably nothing to do with him, just the chaos of pre-surgery preparation. He checked on me in intensive care in Dr P’s stead because Dr P is always on the move.
Dr W: Senior fellow in plastics who assisted on my main surgery. Dr A’s sidekick (he’d probably hate to read that!). They make me laugh.
Dr K: My anaesthetists on my second biopsy and main surgery.
F & C: My speech pathologists. I started with a speech pathologist C, then changed in hospital to F, who works with another C. Yes, confusing I know, hang in there with me. Nothing to do with the original C who I really liked. Just a mixup on the part of the hospital and I stuck with my new speechies because we’d worked together through my early recovery and I’d really liked them too.
E: My local physio after I left hospital. (In hospital, my main physio was A, but I’m not if I mentioned her by name.)