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Went to the PT yesterday like a good little gimp. Something the neuro doc has been trying to get me to do for a while. PT's name was Randy. Nice guy. University Hospital is a teaching hospital (duh!) so he had a student with him. Spent a full hour with the two of them, during which Randy did a very thorough history and exam. He was impressed by the amount of walking I do when I translated "long walks" into distance traveled each way. "That's more than most able bodied people do!"

He... questions my diagnosis of Cerebellar Ataxia of Unknown Cause. Says from what he sees, it's more the muscle weakness that's throwing me off kilter than brain signals going wonky. Suggests I ask the neuro doc, Dr. B, to look into that.

He also was interested in where I hurt, back pain, knee pain, etc. Been having some lumbar pain for a while, wrote it off to too much walking, backpack, old age, etc. Like my knee, another thing I just deal with day to day. So he went poking around on my back had me lean this way and that. And said I need to see the doc about this, that this looks like it's a disc problem. Thanks, I'll put it on the list. Also said, after watching me walk, that in addition to my funky gait I also favor that left knee, which is adding to the back problem. He's trying to get Medicaid to approve my coming in twice a week for PT to work on strengthening my muscles over all. I'll find out if it's approved or not by the end of next week, Friday the 13th.

So, my list of things to get checked out at the doc grows. I'm not thrilled, to say the least, but it is what it is and I'm grateful to Randy for bringing it to my attention now.

But first things first, is that hernia. Blood tests looked good, so Dr. H. has me scheduled for a CAT scan tomorrow at 1:00, have to be there before noon, though, so I can drink the "prep", and I can have nothing to eat or drink (NPO) for 4 hours prior.. So... no coffee for me in the morning. But, could be worse. I'll set an alarm for 7:30 and chuck down my meds first thing so I can get them in before I'm to be NPO.

I go back to Dr. H. on Friday the 13th, day before my birthday, and we'll discuss the CAT scan and such then and, hopefully, move on to the next step in getting this fixed, probably a referral to a surgeon? I'll bring up the stuff about the back and knee pain which aggravates the back then and see what he wants to do about that.

I do know this hernia needs fixed first, though. Randy the PT grimaced when I said I had a hernia and said he couldn't have me work on strengthening the abs until after that's fixed.

I'm a work in progress, in more than one way, I guess. ;) But, I tell you, it's a relief to be getting this stuff taken care of at last.
elfwench: (Default)
Went to the PT yesterday like a good little gimp. Something the neuro doc has been trying to get me to do for a while. PT's name was Randy. Nice guy. University Hospital is a teaching hospital (duh!) so he had a student with him. Spent a full hour with the two of them, during which Randy did a very thorough history and exam. He was impressed by the amount of walking I do when I translated "long walks" into distance traveled each way. "That's more than most able bodied people do!"

He... questions my diagnosis of Cerebellar Ataxia of Unknown Cause. Says from what he sees, it's more the muscle weakness that's throwing me off kilter than brain signals going wonky. Suggests I ask the neuro doc, Dr. B, to look into that.

He also was interested in where I hurt, back pain, knee pain, etc. Been having some lumbar pain for a while, wrote it off to too much walking, backpack, old age, etc. Like my knee, another thing I just deal with day to day. So he went poking around on my back had me lean this way and that. And said I need to see the doc about this, that this looks like it's a disc problem. Thanks, I'll put it on the list. Also said, after watching me walk, that in addition to my funky gait I also favor that left knee, which is adding to the back problem. He's trying to get Medicaid to approve my coming in twice a week for PT to work on strengthening my muscles over all. I'll find out if it's approved or not by the end of next week, Friday the 13th.

So, my list of things to get checked out at the doc grows. I'm not thrilled, to say the least, but it is what it is and I'm grateful to Randy for bringing it to my attention now.

But first things first, is that hernia. Blood tests looked good, so Dr. H. has me scheduled for a CAT scan tomorrow at 1:00, have to be there before noon, though, so I can drink the "prep", and I can have nothing to eat or drink (NPO) for 4 hours prior.. So... no coffee for me in the morning. But, could be worse. I'll set an alarm for 7:30 and chuck down my meds first thing so I can get them in before I'm to be NPO.

I go back to Dr. H. on Friday the 13th, day before my birthday, and we'll discuss the CAT scan and such then and, hopefully, move on to the next step in getting this fixed, probably a referral to a surgeon? I'll bring up the stuff about the back and knee pain which aggravates the back then and see what he wants to do about that.

I do know this hernia needs fixed first, though. Randy the PT grimaced when I said I had a hernia and said he couldn't have me work on strengthening the abs until after that's fixed.

I'm a work in progress, in more than one way, I guess. ;) But, I tell you, it's a relief to be getting this stuff taken care of at last.
elfwench: (Do it!)
If you listened to my voice post, which I hope doesn't sound as bad as it was auto-transcribed, then you know that my CPM machine went back to the medical company last night and I had my cast removed this morning.

It feels so weird to be back in my brace. Which doesn't really fit me well at this point as my foot's been realigned and I've lost some calf muscle.

Parts of my foot are still numb to varying degrees, kind of like when your feet get frostbitten. Also, parts of my leg near the incision are numb with no sensation. It's very weird.

Now I get to do stretches with one of those big rubber bands to stretch the knee and ankle some more. Fun! /sarcasm.

My actual follow up appointment with the doctor is October 13th. I'm going to see if I have that day off, if not I may try to trade to get the day off because the last time when I saw the Nurse Practitioner it was an ordeal of x-rays and this and that. It wore me out. Well, I'll look at my work schedule. I think I may already have that day off.

And, unfortunately, I won't be allowed even partial weight bearing until at least some time in November from what the Nurse Practitioner told me a few weeks ago.

Yes, this is indeed turning into a long ordeal. But, I'll deal. You do what you have to do: it's a simple fact of life.
elfwench: (Default)
If you listened to my voice post, which I hope doesn't sound as bad as it was auto-transcribed, then you know that my CPM machine went back to the medical company last night and I had my cast removed this morning.

It feels so weird to be back in my brace. Which doesn't really fit me well at this point as my foot's been realigned and I've lost some calf muscle.

Parts of my foot are still numb to varying degrees, kind of like when your feet get frostbitten. Also, parts of my leg near the incision are numb with no sensation. It's very weird.

Now I get to do stretches with one of those big rubber bands to stretch the knee and ankle some more. Fun! /sarcasm.

My actual follow up appointment with the doctor is October 13th. I'm going to see if I have that day off, if not I may try to trade to get the day off because the last time when I saw the Nurse Practitioner it was an ordeal of x-rays and this and that. It wore me out. Well, I'll look at my work schedule. I think I may already have that day off.

And, unfortunately, I won't be allowed even partial weight bearing until at least some time in November from what the Nurse Practitioner told me a few weeks ago.

Yes, this is indeed turning into a long ordeal. But, I'll deal. You do what you have to do: it's a simple fact of life.
elfwench: (Bill the Caveman)
Well, we took the bandages off last night. If you don't like to look at incisions, don't click the cut.

5 days post op - 3 pics - squick warning. )

Now I know why I hurt so much, broken bone and plates aside.

Funny thing is, it started oozing pretty bad. We bandaged it up and then I went to bed, and was strapped into the CPM (Continuous Passive Motion) machine for the night.

This morning the bandages were saturated. We thought for sure that I'd be seeing the doctor today.

But, no, we took the bandages off and everything was relatively dry. And, my kneecap was visible again instead of being hidden by all the swelling.
elfwench: (Default)
Well, we took the bandages off last night. If you don't like to look at incisions, don't click the cut.

5 days post op - 3 pics - squick warning. )

Now I know why I hurt so much, broken bone and plates aside.

Funny thing is, it started oozing pretty bad. We bandaged it up and then I went to bed, and was strapped into the CPM (Continuous Passive Motion) machine for the night.

This morning the bandages were saturated. We thought for sure that I'd be seeing the doctor today.

But, no, we took the bandages off and everything was relatively dry. And, my kneecap was visible again instead of being hidden by all the swelling.

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