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.