But I can't say enough good things about Dr. Siskin, his practice, and the Albany Medical Center staff and facilities.
On Tuesday, March 15, 2011, Kim and I arrived early enough to check into the hotel, which is attached to the hospital, before driving the 15 minutes to Dr. Siskin's office. Anyone who is being treated by Dr. Siskin at the Albany Medical Center should strongly consider staying at the Hilton Garden Inn. It's just so convenient, and is a decent hotel at a reasonable price.
After checking in, we drove to suburban Latham, New York, to the Capital Region Health Park, where Dr. Siskin's office is located. Maine is a rural and somewhat backward state, so I'm easily impressed. I've never seen such a large and shiny Healthcare Mall before.
In the waiting room, we met a nice couple who had driven two days from North Bay, Ontario, for the wife’s CCSVI treatment. We shared their dismay about Canadians’ inability to obtain CCSVI treatment at home. I asked her if she had ever heard of CCSVI Alliance, and I don’t know who was more pleased, her or me, when she indicated that she loved the website and read it frequently, and I revealed that I volunteer for the organization.
As I've mentioned before, I find Dr. Siskin's approach to CCSVI treatment to be refreshing. He acknowledges that we still know very little about CCSVI and its relationship to MS, and we know very little about the expected benefits, or lack thereof, for any particular individual. But nevertheless, he sees enough evidence to oblige the MS community by performing these procedures for us.
Once the ultrasound was completed at about four o'clock in the afternoon, Kim and I were free for the rest of the day. My only restriction was that I couldn’t eat or drink anything after 3 am, in preparation for my 11 am procedure on Wednesday.
On Tuesday night Kim and I ate at the sports bar inside the hotel, and retired at a reasonable hour. It's difficult to be sure, but by my closest approximation I may have managed two hours of fitful sleep. I’m a calm and cool person during daylight hours, but I sometimes transform into an irrational worrier when I can’t sleep. Daytime Mitch is ruled by reason, logic, and optimism. Insomnia Mitch is more like an adolescent girl overly concerned with pimples and what the mean girls might say to her tomorrow. I have no control over Insomnia Mitch. Luckily he doesn’t show up every night, only on nights when sleep is particularly important.
In my next post I'll describe our eventful day on Wednesday- treatment day.