Ok, it wasn’t far at all from billeting to David Evans Medical Center – aka Travis Air Force Base Hospital. Nearest town is Fairfield. And yes, a number of you had been there before. I haven’t. Didn’t even know which Squadron(s) were at home there. The link provided will let you figure that out for yourself.
Its not a small place and took us a few minutes to find where I needed to check in. The main area (I keep thinking staging area) most closely resembles your average ER/A&E complete with beds, bays, curtains and a nurses station. The actual procedures are carried out in procedure rooms which meet anyone’s criteria for operating rooms/theatres. With the exception of having a lot more rads equipment and some honking huge screens. Travis still uses paper consent forms, so I did a bit of subtracting. Like – no – I’m not authorizing anything and everything someone might find to do. No, not interested in photos or videos of me being used for teaching, publication or quality assurance purposes. The nurse was great with instructions, IV starting and being reasonable about cutting back the amount of sedation used. It might I was somewhat awake, disinclined to move around and could listen without feeling a need to contribute to the conversation. The Interventional Radiologist also turned out to be great. Air Force hires good people.
The xylocaine wore off on the trip home. The warning about itching in 6-7 days? I’m itching now which means skin glue and I are not best of friends. Otherwise, feel like I have been whacked in the chest with a hoof. Not fun but I will survive. Now I just should go read all the material in my bag.
So that is my story – alive and not looking forward to the drive to SF VA tomorrow. Not that I am unwilling to go to the clinic, it is just that I truly hate driving a car into San Francisco. Unfortunately, the VA is located a bus, a BART and a bus ride from the house which means it takes too long to take public transport. Since the SF VA Hospital is its own entity and not part of the Northern California VA System, there isn’t a shuttle bus from the Oakland VA Outpatient clinic.
Why am I telling you all of this? Pick one: I want to record it, you might be interested, George is snoring and I can’t talk to him at the moment…..