Resigned To The Next Round Of Surgery
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Never a dull moment! I got home from visiting my daughter and the "fun" started. First, I started with my neurological testing. This was an effort to figure out what is wrong with my left hand and arm which are partially numb (They have been like this for almost a year.). The doctor did an information intake and a very thorough physical neurological exam. She said this is the first stage so that she can determine the types of tests to do on the next visit.
The next day, I ran a bunch of errands and decided to swing by my polling place and do early voting. Of course my knee gave out and I pitched forward, as I walked into the room. I was able to grab the door jam and plant my cane. I jerked myself upright as everybody ran toward me. They were so nice! I was embarrassed and quite shaken. I knew that as soon as the neurologist completed the scheduled tests and gave me the go ahead, I would need to call the orthopedist and schedule the revision surgery on my knee replacement. Hubby made me go to a medical supply place to purchase a knee brace. I must say that so far, the brace has been very helpful.
Flash forward to this week. Yesterday, I started my neurological testing. I say started because the doctor was only able to do the left arm and part of the neck. I have to return next week for further testing. She said that I should be able to go ahead and have my knee surgery in December without permanently damaging my hand/arm. She thinks that the problem is in my cervical spine (neck). As soon as I got home, I called my orthopedist's office.
I have an appointment tentatively scheduled for November 21. I also called the doctor's administrative assistant to see if she can get me in any sooner than that. Surgery will be scheduled five weeks out from the time of my appointment. That would fall right at Christmas. Bummer! I am currently waiting for a call back from the administrative assistant. Hopefully something will pan out.
Next week, the neurologist will complete my testing.(Hopefully) Being stuck with a needle that has electricity running through it isn't especially pleasant. I bruise easily and have some real beautiful, purple, tender spots. They look lovely along with all of the pen markings from multiple measurements she took, before sticking me with the needle. Today, I'm pretty sore.
I handled the stress by reverting to old habits. I stress ate. I'm not even upset with myself. I know why it happened and I'm already back on plan. Yay me!