My plan is to do a whole health update blog mid-September but I felt compelled to post tonight. A little over an hour ago, I received an email from Dr. Koh. Though only two sentences long, the fact that he took the time to inquire about my health shows his compassion. I wish all healthcare providers would take note.
If you’ve been following my endometriosis journey, he’s the doctor who I travelled to Milwaukee to see last September. He removed my huge endometrioma and noted that I was his benchmark case of endometriosis. There were complications during that original surgery and more became apparent in the days following the surgery – which resulted in 3 1/2 weeks in ICU and two more surgeries. At the time Dr. Koh split his time between Milwaukee and Singapore and he left me with the best team of healthcare professionals in his absence and checked in with me via email and phone in the months following my initial stay.
He arranged for my final surgery to happen November 30, to make sure he was able to be present and there have been a couple of follow up emails since.
There’s something to be said about his compassion and follow-up care. All of the endometriosis specialists I have seen in the past year have given me personal email addresses (not just the patient portals) and even a couple of them gave me cell phone numbers for the time between surgeries. My local OBGYN didn’t even offer to see me post-op. She said that my primary care provider could take care of that.
If you haven’t seen my other posts about my endometriosis journey, you can find them here.