Knees

Sep. 26th, 2010 10:29 am
msjorje: (angry)
So my Physical Therapist had told me (before surgery, way back) not to sit tailor style (aka indian style, criss cross apple sauce). He explained that it torques your knees too hard. It was a very difficult lifestyle change to make, but I did it. Previously, I sat around in the floor a lot. That makes me more accessible to Sasha. I kept sitting in the floor, before the move anyway, but kept my legs in other positions. Now I'm recuperating from surgery. Sometimes I give up and use my left leg (in half tailor style) to support the Boppy cushion or just to get comfy. Last night I just couldn't take it anymore and sat full-on tailor style... for about three-fourths of a second! Ouch!! Yeah, my right knee just can not even do that yet!

When I climbed into bed last night, I hesitantly put my weight on my right knee. I haven't done that because it hurt when I did it on the floor. But it was okay! Yay! You can totally see each spot from the stitches, but it is healing.

My knees get sore pretty much every day, but not as bad as they did. So I'm still seeing improvement.. or at least recovery.
msjorje: (tulsa)
• I want to make a post about the trends of my period of late, but I haven't had time yet.

• I... already lost track of what all I was going to say here because I have too much going on right now.

• I have baby fever, but don't have another pregnancy in the works / plans just yet.

• I'm spending some time quite worried about finances right now while still recovering from utilities at the old place and dealing with hospital costs from my surgery. Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel seems like it get further and further away.

• Keeps (off / on) wanting to make more time for socializing, but hasn't yet.

• Misses some things from pre-baby times, but am really happy with parenthood with my husband.

• Would really like to travel to Florida and maybe Denver, but find that we're too "instant gratification" to save up for such things.

• Got Tyler in for her Eye Exam and I feel accomplished for finally getting that done. I still need to get her back in to see a Dentist and get Sasha in for her first Dental visit, too.

• I keep wanting to get back to healthy eating habits, but don't feel like I'm succeeding. That is making it difficult to keep Sasha on healthy foods, too. I do have fresh fruit and vegetables in the house as well as organic snacks for her. I just had Ensure for dinner. Its a little easier to eat healthy when I'm sharing a meal with Sasha.

• I'm trying to stay under the radar at work. So far, so good.

• I haven't spoken to my mother lately and that is bugging me, but I can't seem to find a convenient time to chat on the phone these days.

• I feel like my mother and I are closest when I'm pregnant. I wonder if that is playing into my Baby Fever. I think it has a bit to do with my being an Attention Whore. Being pregnant puts a lot of focus on me so that is one reason I like being pregnant. I do like myself pregnant, though, I appreciate the way it makes healthier choices not even an option but a must. I also want another baby with my husband, in case you were worried that it is all about the pregnancy and none about the end "product."

• I have some concerns about Tyler, but really appreciate the open line of communication Jenny and I are sharing about Tyler right now. I told Jenny years ago that if anything happened to me, she was my choice for a "replacement." Little did we know...

• Still really want to get my photography going again and to have my old camera cleaned. I never did get it done. At least I got a battery charger for it, though!

• I still want to get a decent GPS unit and take up geocache... in my spare time!

• I'm excited that Elmo has taken an interest in tarantulas and we're looking forward to attending The Oklahoma Reptile Expo!

• Sasha is asleep, so I think I'll go drag her to bed while I have the chance!
msjorje: (self portrait 12/04)
I went to see my Orthopaedist for my post-surgery follow-up today. He showed (and gave!) me pictures from inside my knee! There are 8 of them on 2 pages and they are basically the story of my surgery! There was scar tissue from my osteoarthritis (bone spurs on the back of my knee cap). They removed the scar tissue. In the next shot you could see how the back of my knee cap was all rough. They got that all cleaned (shaved) and smoothed. There was more scar tissue removed. Then the shot of my meniscus. OMG it was awful! The tear basically went in three different directions. He trimmed a lot of it out and now it looks all smooth and pretty like it is supposed to be.

He did use some local anesthetic, so that explains why I didn't really have any pain that afternoon. He mostly just wanted to answer my questions. He said he could send me for physical therapy, but didn't really think I needed it. Since I'm already back to my regular activities, I'll probably build it up on my own. Plus I can do the PT exercises I was given for at home anyway. He was willing to send me if that was what I wanted. I opted out of PT and plan to just work on it at home.

One of his techs or whatever they are came in to remove my stitches. They were two weeks old so they were a little stubborn, but he was REALLY gentle. Seemed funny because he was this baby face young guy with ten tattoos!

I have an appointment to go back again in 6 weeks, but my doctor said that if I feel like I'm getting close to normal by then, I can cancel the appointment. I really like this doctor and would recommend him to anyone! In fact, my stepbrother does work with him in surgery and likes him. My other stepbrother may be having him do surgery on his shoulder soon. Next time I need to choose a doctor, I need to remember to contact my medical-industry stepbrother for suggestions first!
msjorje: (mommy 2)
So... Wednesday. My first day back to work... after my long weekend... after moving my office to the other end of the building... after giving up my cane. I had to walk back and forth a few times because there was no tugger available. It was making for a long, sore day. I also worked at VSA (gatekeeper of sorts) most of the evening and did more walking and standing around. I hadn't realized how much I tend to lean my knees on the tugger carts, but trust me - not comfortable on my stitches. I finally got out of there at 8 o'clock.

  • Run 2-part errand.
  • Pick up dinner.
  • Get home and eat with my family.

    At 9:15 or so, I took Sasha and headed out into the rain to meet my mother at Wally World where I walked some more. The rain got worse. Mom was so helpful, holding Sasha while I unloaded the grocery cart and while I loaded groceries into the car in the rain. Sasha & I left the store at about 11:15. We waited for Mom to meet us at the apartment before I unloaded in more rain. She held Sasha while I unloaded the car in more rain, trudging through the river in the yard. She also held her while I parked my car about half a block away and walked (in more rain) back to her van.

    Next time we need groceries and it is raining... we'll make do. Forget that shit.

    Oh yeah, and right before we left home, Elmo pointed out that Sasha hadn't slept much. So while she has been keeping me up past midnight every night, last night might have been the night I could get her shifted back to an earlier schedule. We didn't wind up crawling into bed at 1 o'clock. My knee was so worn out by then!!
  • Knee Update

    Sep. 1st, 2010 05:30 am
    msjorje: (normal?)
    I've been healing well, I suppose. The doctor didn't really specify any post-op exercises or care or anything, but I got handouts from the hospital that seemed very general-purpose. That said, I haven't been doing enough exercises according to the papers. I've been up and around as prescribed, though. I did return to work on Monday, but only for a half-day. I came home and un-bandaged for my first shower. My knee felt weak all over again without the ace for support. I did alright, though.

    I never had to take anything for pain. It hurts when I sit in one position for too long or stand for too long. It hurts if I walk and specifically turn without a cane or other support. And it hurts when I do my exercises.

    The swelling in my knee seems minimal. I have 2 stitches each over two small incisions. My leg is all yellow from the iodine still. My right calf is pretty sore. I have a slight worry about a blood clot, but really think it is just a sore muscle from over compensating and walking funny.

    The cane from dad has been very useful! I haven't used the crutches much.

    Overall, happy with the results so far. I would like to know how much better my knee really is, but it is too soon to say. I see the doctor again in a couple of weeks.
    msjorje: (tulsa)
    We arrived at the hospital at 9:45 for check-in. I preregistered yesterday. I gave my checks and we were taken to the Surgery Waiting room. We were immediately taken back out to my little cubicle. I had to pee in a cup (I'm not pregnant) and change into a cool paper gown called Bair Paws. It was soft on the outside, purple, marked with a bear paw, and part of a heating system that you could hook directly into your gown. It had a vent system inside and you could adjust the temperature blowing into your gown. I didn't actually use it, but I thought the system was awesome!

    Then... we waited! The Anesthesiologist came in. I liked him and he said that I wouldn't actually have to pump-and-dump with general anesthesia. The problems I had before weren't actually general. They were drugs given intravenously. That was good news! My surgery was supposed to be at 11:45. The Doc came to see me right around then and said that he had a shoulder to do before me. He had another shoulder that was scheduled ahead of me, but he was going to do me next because my surgery was going to be much shorter. The shoulders take about 45 minutes. So he said I'd be in by 1:00 at the latest. I asked him about the possibility of lateral release of the ligament pulling on my knee cap. He said he would take a look and that if he did that there would be more swelling, bleeding, a brace, and longer healing. But he'd see if I was a candidate for that. I guess that shoulder was nastier than he expected. I didn't get taken back until about 3:00!! That is over 3 hours late! OMG, I was starving! I was getting cranky and also wanted to cry. Sasha finally fell asleep at about 2:30 though.

    Surgery seemed to go fine (no lateral release of the ligament) and I did alright waking up from anesthesia. The staff was nice. The took me back to my cubicle and brought Elmo & Sasha back to me. I was able to hold her right away, but had to have him nearby because I was still a bit woozy. Courtney had some trouble finding me at the hospital but since it started so late, she agreed to come drive me home. Yay!

    Courtney and I stopped at Drug Warehouse. I actually felt up to going in with her, but my crutches were at home and all the wheel chairs got stolen earlier in the day! Courtney got my scrips and some other drugs I needed. I just love that girl! Then we stopped at Whataburger so I could order lunch for Elmo, Tyler and myself. My dad and his wife were already on their way to drop her off. I guess they called Elmo about it because they hadn't called me! I arrived home about the same time everyone else got there. Brandon was even there! Joua even came by (to get Courtney to go somewhere)!

    I was tired, but couldn't seem to sleep. Sasha napped in my lap for a bit. I'm hoping I can manage to get into the bed with her soon.

    I used the crutches to get from the car to the house, but have otherwise been able to use the cane my dad loaned me. I am even walking around a bit with no assistance! I haven't felt the need to take anything for pain - I am SO pleased! At most, I have some discomfort. When I'm not moving it really doesn't hurt at all, especially when I'm using the ice thing on it.

    EDIT: My throat hurts worse than anything. Ugh. And I've been pigging all day! I had a Whatacheeseburger, chocolate milk (of course!), a piece of sushi and some other leftovers from Courtney, and I ate a pop tart with milk.
    msjorje: (Jorjelf)
    I had to get up earlier than usual for my 8:10 appointment this morning. Plus I took Sasha along with no help. We checked in and filled out all the paperwork. I forgot about all that junk you have to do when you go to a new medical office. Then we waited... Jerrod (Dr Palomino's Assistant) finally came and got us. He was smitten by Sasha and has a little girl of his own. He has scrubbed for my other Orthopaedic Surgeon before and was relieved to hear I hadn't had surgery yet. They were able to access my MRI (I gave them the report), but had to take fresh x-rays. Oh crap! I hadn't thought of that. Jerrod held Sasha and gave her a hunk of bagel while I got them done. This girl was so fast! The one downstairs there had been slow and creepy, but it was no big deal at all today. Plus I didn't have to change into a gown!

    Finally Dr. Palomino came in to see me. I really liked him. He didn't talk down to me and was open to my concerns. We discussed Surgical Tourniquet and he even offered a third choice. However, he explained that the concern is that the option that aren't general anesthesia don't numb you completely and the risk is that you might wiggle or jerk while he has tiny sharp instruments inside the knee. I hadn't looked at it that way. He wrote my surgery request to be general (at my agreement), but added "or choice." He is also going to just start with a steroid shot in my left knee. I hope it helps, but he said that would qualify me for a different treatment further down the road if that doesn't help.

    He does surgery at SouthCrest (my preferred hospital) every other Friday, but he is taking the next Friday (in two weeks) off, so he said we could do the surgery tomorrow or in a month. Tomorrow?! Seriously?! So I went for it.

    On my way out of the building, I ran into my doctor's PA. She recognized us and asked how Sasha was doing (since she saw us for her ears recently). She was very nice and discussed the pump-and-dump timing with me. Since I'll be under for a very short time, it shouldn't be bad. I'd still like to know what they'll use so I can research it before I go. I plan to call them in the morning.

    Then I had to leave work early to go to my PreOp appointment. That took longer than I expected so I wasn't able to pick Tyler up from school. Then I picked up a late lunch and brought it home for a few minutes of down time with my family. I took Sasha and headed out North (Talala / Collinsville) for Goat Milk for Sasha while I have to pump-and-dump. Though the PreOp guy seems to think I won't have to do that. I brought Mom some dairy stuff from there, too. Then I had to go pick Tyler up from Dad's place where she had been attending a birthday party for her cousin. I drove her home and finally got home after 7!

    My less-than-half-day of work got eaten up right-quick!

    I have to be at the hospital at 9:45 and am having surgery at 11:45. Boy those first two hours will surely drag... especially since I'll be starving! Oh, Sasha doesn't like the Goat Milk. She just spits it back out. Hopefully we won't even need it.

    I'm excited and nervous about surgery. I'm excited because hopefully I'll see drastic improvement (once I get over the surgery itself), but I'm nervous because I'm going under. I don't like going under anesthesia. Sigh.

    EDIT: I forgot to pick up my vitamins today.
    msjorje: (normal?)
    So I went to see the Orthopaedist today. I had several questions about surgery. At my Physical Therapist's suggestion, I told him that I wanted to avoid having the muscle (ligament) snipped to correct my knee cap placement. He said he wouldn't do anything I didn't want him to do, but he copped an attitude at that point. He was very "I'm a doctor" from that point on. I asked about the his experience using and the possibility of me having a surgical tourniquet. He said he always uses one, but then I said "with local anesthesia instead of general" and he acted like I was a kook. He has done it that way, but he says that no one could possibly relax enough for the strange positions they use on you. No one? Really? I have had 3 babies using natural child birth. So I take some offense. Seriously, if my leg is numb... what do I care?

    Anyway, I didn't like his attitude on both of these things. I don't really like him. And this is surgery. These are my only knees. I had already been considering trying to find a younger doctor, but I went for the appointment to see how it went. It didn't go well.

    So... I called the Anesthesiology department at the hospital I use and asked for recommendations of Orthopaedic Surgeons that they know have used a Surgical Tourniquet with Local Anesthesia. They weren't sure what to tell me at first. I didn't want to have to call all over - seemed much like finding a needle in a hay stack. Then they gave me 3 names. So I called that Orthopaedic group. They have multiple offices, so I was looking to see them where I always go (SouthCrest). Doctor #1 is about to leave town and won't be back until after Labor Day. Doctor #2 works at SouthCrest one morning per week. The 3rd doctor sees patients there every Thursday... and has an opening tomorrow morning! I was thrilled!

    I called my Physical Therapist and filled him in - he did ask for updates after all. He said I couldn't go wrong with this doctor. He said that if this guy says that ligament needs snipping, he would trust him. His point, really, was that patients that just get that snipped have a 40% success rate. Patients that have that along with other corrective surgery in their knees have better success rates and it is hard to pinpoint the reason for the better rate. He didn't seem to like my original doctor too much either, but he trusts this one. I felt even better! I'm relieved. The appointment is quite early, so I'll have to take Sasha with me, but I'm feeling so much better about the entire thing so far.

    Now... I'm wondering if my insurance will cover this sort of anesthesia or if the doctor will even think it is the best route for me.

    EDIT: Oh! Also, I asked the doctor today about doing my other knee. I've read that you can choose to skip the MRI and go straight for Arthroscopy and if they see a problem they just fix it then. I'm pretty certain I have bone spurs, at least, in that knee. The doctor agreed to go into both knees in one visit. That is so going to suck! We'll see what this doctor tomorrow says.
    msjorje: (sasha)
    During the days leading up to the move, we noticed that Sasha was falling more often. We even said she seemed a little drunk. I wasn't sure why she was doing it, but I wasn't worried. I just filed away the information for reference in case something else happened to go with it.

    Saturday morning of the move, Sasha was needy. I figured it was all the turmoil of the move. I had to hold her pretty much all day, besides just keeping her from underfoot. Thankfully, I was able to hand her off to friends occasionally and do little tasks myself. Mostly I just directed.

    This week, Sasha has become increasingly needy and has even been poking at an ear. That's it, she has an ear infection. I have called our doctor and gotten an appointment for Sasha to see the Physician's Assistant on Friday. I also sent Elmo and Brandon (with Sasha in tow) to the Health Food Store for garlic oil for Sasha's poor ear. I was not aware, however, that there is a garlic oil for cooking. Oops. I got home at 8:30. Ten minutes later, I scooped up the baby and we raced across town back to Akin's. Sasha bawled for almost the entire trip. I thought at first that the car made it worse, but it later occurred to me that she just didn't want to be alone. She has been needy and didn't want to be back there by herself. Poor dear.

    We arrived at the store with moments to spare. Colleen was *very* helpful with find us some ear drops specifically for children. Should Sasha wind up on antibiotics, she suggested we come back for probiotics afterward. She also highly recommended a berry product... I don't remember what, but I have brochure in the car. Sasha was a DOLL at the store! She cried as I put her back into the car seat, even though we were at the store for a good 10 minutes (at least). She reached for me as I shut the door. :-(

    We raced back home and she dozed off a couple of times from crying. I hadn't even fed her yet! She was fine in my arms as I got the cup of hot water ready and got all set to settle in for nursing and ear-treating. She noticed when I put the liquid in her ear, but moments later didn't seem to care any more. They are supposed to be soothing, so hopefully they were. She was soon happily gnawing on pizza crust in my lap. She smelled all good and garlic-y, I wanted to eat her! :-)

    Hopefully she'll rest a bit better tonight. I'll treat her again in the morning. Then my dad is meeting us at Physical Therapy to wrangle her during my appointment. He doesn't babysit babies still in diapers but was willing to come along to help. Elmo will be visiting Samantha, so he won't be home.

    Thankfully, tomorrow is my half-day at work. I'll get to see Tyler and she'll be here to help with errands and/or Sasha. Sasha will be SO excited to see her after we didn't see her last Thursday!

    The Move

    Aug. 11th, 2010 10:55 pm
    msjorje: (kiss)
    My amazing husband managed to pack up almost *every*thing, all on his own and with the baby under his watch. Moving day came and we both woke early (usual for him). We went out for a couple of boxes I left at work and then got some Krispy Kremes. I am glad I posted to FB about those being available for early volunteers because we wound up with an extra guy! We loaded up 4 vehicles for the first load of just boxes and brought them over with 2 volunteers. Then another volunteer arrived... then another... and my dad with his flat bed truck. One and one half loads in his truck (with extra stuff in the extra vehicles), and we were moved! There was stuff everywhere! I didn't pack much and I didn't move much (due to my knees and being on baby duty). We moved from a roomy three-bedroom townhouse with a two-car garage into a two-bedroom apartment with no outdoor storage of any kind.

    One friend unpacked almost our entire kitchen! And as if having packed up our home almost single-handedly wasn't amazing enough, Monday Elmo reorganized the kitchen and did some unpacking. Tuesday he got our bedroom almost completely finished. Today he put together Tyler's bed and got her room lined out as well! Did I mention that this man is amazing?! All this with a needy baby underfoot that wanted his undivided attention (which I'll go into in a separate post).

    Of course we still have some stray boxes and items, but it is so awesome how our new home is coming together! He has left some tasks for me and I can hardly wait for the weekend so I can work on them! It is driving me nuts to not get much done. Between work, physical therapy, Sasha, and Elmo's sleep schedule... I just haven't been able to do a whole lot.

    Meanwhile, we desperately need to shop and do laundry! Oh, and we just *thought* our fridge was small at the old place! Holy cow! I don't know if this one will HOLD a week work of milk for us!

    Anyway, getting accustomed to not having a garage. I used to just strip before getting the baby out of the car, letting her nurse as soon as she came out of the car. No more of that. Still, we live close to a friend now and he pops over all the time. That is cool. And we have more seating again. Yay! Maybe we'll do movie nights in the future... that could be a great social outlet!

    Huge thanks go out to Elmo, of course! but also to Britnie, Chris, Angie, Brandon, and my dad for all their help with the move!
    msjorje: (red02)
    Wow. I usually take off for lunch from 3-4. I made arrangements for today's 4 o'clock appointment. I left work at 3:15 and raced over to meet Elmo & Sasha at PT so I could nurse her before PT. She wasn't interested. They stayed for part of my PT. I did some sets. Having a PTist is like having a personal trainer every step of the way. heh

    Elmo took Sasha home and I kept doing different sets of different exercises. Then... dun, dun, dun! Massage. Ouch! I remember how hard it was on Elmo when he got his massages (from the same PTist). Wes was really nice, though. He got me chatting about tattoos, surely as a distraction. We talked some more about my surgery.

    I did one more exercise before going home. I was there for nearly 1½ hours! And that isn't counting Sasha time. Still, if I needed it, I'm cool with that. I trust Wes.

    I'll keep up with my daily home routine and go back to see Wes next week. With the massage, he is trying to loosen the muscle that is pulling my kneecap over. The Orthopaedist wants to snip it, but if we can fix that with PT, all the better!!

    I had to run home to try nursing Sasha again. She ate well and went to sleep. I didn't get back to work until 6 o'clock!

    I wasn't quite as sore as I expected to be, but we'll see if it is worse in the morning. Getting back to work at 6, I missed the busiest time and didn't have to rush too much.
    msjorje: (eyes)
    Does my orthopaedist have any experience with using a surgical tourniquet and local anesthesia rather than general anesthesia, specifically during arthroscopic surgery on the knee? Is this an option for me?

    Is the plan to correct or remove the meniscus? Where are the tears? How bad are they? Could they be very old? What pain management options are available post-op?
    msjorje: (red03b)
    I can't comfortably lift a third of my body weight with my knees. This is not good. Wes also helped me with my surgery decision. I will be having surgery on my right knee.

    I want to get down some quick notes about my home exercises before I forget:

    1. towel under knees, tighten quads (push down knees into towel). Hold tight for 10 seconds, set of 10.
    2. Bend one knee, leg straight, foot turned slightly out, lift leg and slowly lower almost all the way - set of 10 each leg
    3. Lie on side, knees bent. "clam" left - set of 10


    Only do these once per day at this point.

    He also used Kinesio Tape to basically put me knee caps where they should be. It feels really weird and I'll wear it for a couple of days.

    Now for the lifestyle change... I am to stop sitting "tailor style" (aka criss cross apple sauce, fka indian style). I sit this way ALL the time at home! And no squatting. And use my arms to support myself when getting down to the floor or back up, which I've been doing except when I am holding a sleeping baby.
    msjorje: (starry night)
    I have my first PT appointment tomorrow. That will mostly be exam and setting up a regimen. I'm supposed to go 3 times per week. We'll see if they have that many appointments available that match my schedule.

    I got the orthopaedist to fax over my MRI results today. It doesn't look like good news. :-\

    The long version )

    The short version:
    1. Horizontal oblique tear in the posterior horn of the medial meniscus.
    2. Small radial tear in the midbody of the medial meniscus.
    3. Mild chondromalacia patella with a lateral tilt of the patella. Query if there is laxity in the quadiceps mechanism. Again, this is what we discussed before.
    4. Mild osteoarthritis of the medial joint compartment and patella. Greaaaat.


    Big sigh. This is just the right knee. It is definitely the worse of the two, but I find myself wondering if I'll need treatment of the left knee. Perhaps the PT will help the left and strengthen the right for surgery. Should I call my Orthopaedist and try to arrange for surgery now? Should I wait and see how PT does? It can't fix all my problems. So much to consider, but I think if I'm going to have surgery, I want to have it done as soon as possible. I need to be back on my feet in time for peak season at work.
    msjorje: (eyes)
    I went to see the Orthopedist this morning. As I paid another specialist co-pay, I thought to myself that I should have skipped the MRI and gone straight to Physical Therapy... unless the MRI came back with something.

    There were three boys alone in the waiting room, sitting on the couch. One of them was digging for gold!

    I was called back and waited for a while. Finally, I saw the doctor. The MRI showed that I have a torn meniscus. He had me stand bare footed again to confirm that I really am not flat footed. My knee caps both tilt out. He mentioned surgery again. He said that they would do anthroscopy and could cut the muscle that is pulling my knee cap over. They could also smooth out the wear and tear roughness that has surely accumulated inside the top of my knee cap. And, of course, they would fix the tear in my meniscus. Or... we could go with PT for now, at least.

    Um... knee surgery. I decided to go with PT for now and have started researching. I have an appointment next Tuesday with the same guy we saw for Elmo's back injury. And so far, for my research, I think I'll wind up having the surgery. I have some questions for the doctor first, but that seems to be the right route for me, unfortunately.

    It will mean general anesthesia, I think. It will mean about 3 weeks of recovery. I'm wondering if I can manage that kind of pain without taking any heavy drugs. I don't want to miss any more nursing than necessary. I'd rather not miss any!

    I see the Orthopedist again in 4 weeks.

    Some good links I've found so far:

    TORN CARTILAGE (MENISCUS)

    Meniscus tear: Should I have surgery?

    Meniscus tear: Should I have a diagnostic test (MRI or arthroscopy)?

    I like the Quest Diagnostics Patient Health Library
    msjorje: (eyes)
    I went this morning for my MRI. I had to pay nearly $100 up front and give them a post-dated (I thought that was illegal?) check for 2 weeks out for the other half. I think I was more nervous about dropping $200 than the MRI itself. I mean... how bad could it be?

    The machine was SO LOUD! Thankfully, since I wasn't having my head scanned, I was given headphones and got to choose a radio station. I only had to be in the tube (and lie still) for 20-30 minutes. It was really not that bad.

    I go back to see the Orthopedist on Monday. While I'd love that $200 to have counted for something, I do hope there is nothing else wrong with my right knee (the one they scanned today).
    msjorje: (eyeliner)
    The orthopedist wiggled my knees around in all sorts of funny directions. He had a special angled x-ray taken of my knee caps. He checked to see if I was flat footed (I'm not).

    My knee caps are both off center from where they should be. I have an appointment for an MRI on my right knee on Thursday morning, early. Then I will see the orthopedist again. If the MRI comes back clear, we'll proceed with physical therapy to teach me some exercises to do for my thighs, right above my knees. I can even go see Wes, Elmo's physical therapist. I don't know that Wes was especially impressive, but we already know him and feel comfortable with him.

    The best news? I don't need surgery! I'm continuing to take it easy at work.
    msjorje: (eyeliner)
    I started calling the doc first thing this morning. I called again an hour later and got my results, everything was normal.

    My thyroid, enzymes and glucose - all normal
    No anemia
    No infection
    Hemoglobin A1C is fine
    RA and R&A (or RNA?) for Lupis & Rheumetoid problems - normal
    x-rays - unremarkable

    The nurse was very positive about how I was just fine. So I explained that I'm NOT okay. So if it isn't any of these things, what do we check next? She checked with the doctor and they referred me to an Orthopedist. I have an appointment on Monday. I asked about the weakness (fatigue?). She hadn't asked the doctor about that. I later talked to another nurse. I need to get more consistent with my prenatal vitamins, but they also want me to try B-12 sub-lingual tablets. I got some tonight and will try them in the morning.

    Downhill

    Jul. 2nd, 2010 09:39 am
    msjorje: (down)
    Since staying home to rest, I feel weak more of the time. And my knees seem to be getting worse. I feel useless because I'm not supposed to do anything. I want to run errands, but driving sucks. I drive a stick, so it sucks for BOTH knees. We're moving at the end of the month... I don't know how much help we're going to need or if I'll have this crap figured out by then. I don't have a place lined up just yet and I'm feeling like I can't do much of anything right right now. So aren't I fucking pleasant!! UGH!

    I just held for 7 minutes to speak to someone at my doc's office before I gave up. Now I'm calling again and not getting an answer at all... oh there they are...

    Maybe I'll have a brighter outlook once I move out of the PMS phase of my cycle. :-P
    msjorje: (eyes)
    So we went to see our doctor yesterday. I explained that I've been having pain in my knees and have even fallen because of them. We discussed the pain I sometimes have in my ankle, hips, and tailbone. I mentioned that a friend from my birthing class was just diagnosed with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. After poking around, doc didn't think I had that. My pain isn't in the same area and was not indicative of that. He ordered a test for Rheumatoid Arthritis, which my mom also wanted me to get, as well as some x-rays of my knees. He seems concerned that I have a degenerative problem. Elmo asked if I should take some time off to rest and doc said yes. He wants me to not work the rest of the week (into the long weekend) and to NOT use this break to run around and do stuff. I am to REST. I felt like a goof sitting on my butt when I should have been at work last night, but my knees really are bothering me. Just this morning, it hurt my knees to sit on the toilet.

    I also told him about my recent bouts of feeling weak suddenly. He asked me some of the same diabetic-related questions my mom has been asking me. Increased water intake (thirst)? Increased urination? He ordered the A1C, which I had requested.

    I had a list to take with me, but as usual, I forgot it at home. The only thing on my list I missed was my equilibrium. It has been messing with me on occasion lately. It has already decreased, though, so maybe it has passed.

    Some of my test / x-ray results will hopefully be in by Friday, but they may not all be done by then. Some of my lab work has to be sent off, he thinks. I'm a little nervous and worried about what is actually causing my knee pain and, more frightening, what the treatment will be. What if it is drugs? I don't take drugs because I'm nursing. I'm worried about having to make a choice about my own health that could effect my nursing relationship with Sasha. I need to push that concern out of my head and just wait to see what the tests actually say.

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