The path of least resistance: making treatment decisions

When something goes smoothly, it often means it's the right thing.

When something goes smoothly, it often means it's the right path.

I was thinking about my topic today and came up with this: Sometimes its best to go on the path of least resistance. In hindsight, it seems clear to me regarding past love relationships. They say you need to work at relationships, but when you’re working all the time, it’s not meant to be. For me, the ones that seemed hard or the timing was wrong were the ones that didn’t work out. 

When I met my husband Mike, however, I was shocked how easy it was. We had so much in common, I thought he was just saying he liked things I did just to win me over. And I didn’t have to nag him into spending more time with me or to make a commitment; he wanted to!

I’m finding this is true regarding whether to have surgery or do the Selective Internal Radiation Treatments (SIRT). I met with the interventional radiologist in Cincinnati yesterday and was extremely impressed. We were taken in immediately and the nurse spent almost an hour with us, clearly explaining the procedure and answering our questions. She was warm and caring.

The doctor came in and also gave us our full attention and his reasoning why he thought SIRT was right for me. He even used the word, “excited” about the nature and position of the tumor, which would make the treatment most likely to be effective and targeted to the tumor.

We talked about insurance, and it looks like ours is most likely to cover it. Also, they are usually busy doing the procedure, but have a little lull, which means I could get it done quickly.

This is opposite from our experience in Louisville. We went down there after being told that I was a perfect candidate for SIRT, then found out they rather do surgery instead. We had an extremely long wait and then discovered their practice was in a contract dispute with our insurer so nothing would be covered. Surgery recovery would be six weeks with a four-day hospital stay. SIRT is an outpatient procedure with a week-recovery. Not to mention the two-hour drive to Louisville!

What’s really amazing is that after coming up with this topic, I turned to today’s reading in the Daily Word, a publication of daily devotions. It read: “I am empowered by love, yet able to yield when nonresistance is the best course of action.” I guess God is confirming to me I’m making the right decision.

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