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Starting Some Medical Self Care

Friday, August 07, 2015

My check off sheet is working out pretty well so far. I can see what nutrients I have consumed, what I still need to consume, how I am managing stress and any other issues that come up. Since I started using the sheet, I have become aware that my orthopedic issues are not adequately being addressed. My broken arm will be put in a cast next Thursday and that seems to be okay. However, my bruised leg, ribs and hip are another story.

My ribs are showing signs of healing. Some of the bruises are now visible and that enables me to place the ice packs more strategically. My leg, on the other hand looks like something out of a horror show. The haematoma is reduced to about the size of the palm of my hand. This is about half of its original size. The reduction of swelling has made it super sensitive and it now throbs and swells if I sit with it down for too long a period. The bruising has spread all the way down the lower leg and into the foot. I am glad that it was x-rayed in the emergency room. However, I would feel better about it if a doctor would recheck it. The swelling has made bending my knee a challenge.

This brings me to the hip. My poor hip and leg helped me gimp around for between 8-9 months. As I began to work back into exercise, my problems began to be magnified. I got a steroid shot in the hip in mid July. I still had issues. My gait has been off balance for so long that I was in danger of falling. Last week, I fell. After falling, the hip began to decline rather quickly. Hubby and I sat down today and decided that I needed to make some orthopedic appointments and as soon as possible. I now have an appointment this coming Wednesday for the hip and another appointment on Thursday to have the cast put on my arm. I also rescheduled an appointment (the doctor cancelled) for my knee replacements to be checked. That won't happen until mid October. I will ask the doctor who checks my hip how the lower leg injury plays into the increase in issues with my hip. I will monitor my ribs on my own.

I feel a lot better knowing that I have taken appropriate steps to take care of myself medically. I will concentrate on the things that I can control and let the doctors handle the rest.
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  • SLENDERELLA61
    Just seems like you've had much, much too much, Cyndi. Yes, it sounds like you and Mike have come up with a good plan. I have a minor balance issue myself and I know it makes me less confident -- and hopefully more careful -- as I exercise. Wishing you well as you deal with yet another health issue. Take care. If I can help - like run an errand for you or drive you some place when Mike is working, let me know. You've got my number.
    1752 days ago
  • HEARTSONG363
    Oh no! So sorry to hear about your accident but glad you made arrangements to take care of your other issues, too! I wish you a speedy recovery.
    1752 days ago
  • DONNABRIGHT
    Oh my gosh, Cyndi. I did not realize you were going through all this. Internet was off and on while we in the Mediterranean area. I am so sorry to hear about the fall. You are so proactive that I am sure you will have this all under control quickly.

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  • GABY1948
    YES! You and hubby did WELL! It's always good to be proactive and I know how good you feel thinking at least YOU have taken charge and done something yourself! And it helps to have a gem of a hubby...I know because I do also. Makes all the difference in the world!

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  • L*I*T*A*
    you are on the road to healing............
    such a time you have had!!!
    wishing you well soon...........

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    1753 days ago
  • PURPLEGIRL22
    I am sorry. I am glad that you are healing from within. Continue to keep your spirit up and let's get this healing done!
    1753 days ago
  • PJDANIELS
    Wow, sorry you are going through this. Hope the ortho can help.
    1753 days ago
  • NELLJONES
    This is a lot to deal with. I am so sorry.
    1753 days ago
  • USMAWIFE
    so sorry you are doing through all this

    remember to take extra calcium to help your bones heal
    1753 days ago
  • TEXASLYNN
    Bless your heart. You have a lot of healing to do!
    1753 days ago
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