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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!
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  • PROVERBS3128
    Thinking of you!
    1303 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    wishing you all the best with your journey which has been so very difficult for quite some time now........
    praying there will be improvement soon..........

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    1304 days ago
    Can't wait to see you Thursday! I am very sorry that you face more surgery -- actually surgeries. Just doesn't seem fair. You have been through so much. Keep that positive attitude you are famous for!! Take care and can't wait to give and get a hug on Thursday!!
    1304 days ago
    Yay you for getting back on track!!! So sorry to hear that you are still struggling, but sending prayers for you to help give you strength!
    1305 days ago
  • GABY1948
    YAY is RIGHT! Oh, Cyndi, I am SUCH a Pollyanna and have been my whole life...I thought when you went on the pleasure trip that you were FINALLY getting better! Oh, woe is me! We never did quit praying here in MI but I have SO much to catch up with you about! It's been a VERY busy summer here but now it has all settled! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1305 days ago
    Yay you is right! Your positive attitude will get you through this round just like it has in the past. I'm just sorry you have to go through this.
    1305 days ago
    You always sound so positive despite the circumstances. You are one tough lady.
    1305 days ago
    I had such testing for my foot a few years ago. Was quite unpleasant. Hope they find out what the problem is.
    1305 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your story. Best wishes
    1305 days ago
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