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Old September 8 2013, 01:21 AM   #31
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Re: Medical Update--Possible Setback.

A brief update. The bad news is that I still haven't got the results of either the blood work or the CT scan so I'm assuming that the surgeon simply hasn't been available, and believe me, I've pestered. Two more weeks until my follow up appointment though, so I don't have that much longer to wait. The good news is that the pain has improved somewhat. It is still difficult to walk for more than five minutes at a time and the pain is still concentrated in my ankle area, but it's not constant or all encompassing as it was. The weather is starting to cool though so I'll have to wait and see how that reacts to it. I also weened myself off T3 and have been taking ibuprofern for the swelling, which has worked wonders in comparison. I should have done this weeks ago.
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Old September 8 2013, 02:14 AM   #32
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oh man, hope this gets fixed soon
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Old September 8 2013, 10:14 AM   #33
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They still haven't come up with the results? I wonder how the doctor would feel if he had to wait that long for something he wanted.
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Old September 8 2013, 10:19 AM   #34
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Actually they've been really good and sympathetic about things, and truth be told, I'd rather wait to discuss things with him than not. He is extremely busy and in high demand and one of the best...so while things have been incredibly frustrating not knowing what is going on...I do understand. It's also a good thing I'm extremely patient lol.
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Old September 8 2013, 09:58 PM   #35
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Well, if you're happy with him that's the important thing. You certainly are patient.
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Old September 8 2013, 11:58 PM   #36
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Far more patient than I would be! The only times I've had to wait more than a few days for imaging results or something from my (also extremely busy, world-class) surgeon were when he was out of the country.

I'm so glad to hear the pain has improved.
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Old September 18 2013, 10:34 PM   #37
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Got back from my follow up appointment a little while ago. The good news is that the CT Scan was negative, but my surgeon examined my foot and it was clear that something is not right, he thinks some of my hardware might be the problem, so they're going to completely remove it as well as doing a scope of the ankle to see if anything else is going on in there. The twist is that I have to wait a year.
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Old September 18 2013, 10:47 PM   #38
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So you have a twisted ankle? Just kidding.

Why the hell do you have to wait a year? Do these people come from the Slo-Mo Universe or something?
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Old September 18 2013, 11:04 PM   #39
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What?! Why a whole year?
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Old September 18 2013, 11:12 PM   #40
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Our waiting lists are horrid right now and getting worse. My first surgery a few years ago I had to wait eight months, when my pins broke I think I waited something like six months. He said he would do what he could on his end. Sounds like there's a lot of politics going on behind the scenes.
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Old September 18 2013, 11:18 PM   #41
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Am I correct in suspecting that you're not in an urban area? Given all the complications you've already had, have you considered going to a major teaching/research medical center? Might be worth any inconvenience.

(Forgive me if I'm way off track. I don't remember all the details you've posted before, mostly that this has been going on and on and is complicated and painful. And I feel bad for you.)
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Old September 18 2013, 11:27 PM   #42
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I'm in Vancouver. My surgeon is the best in the field as I've mentioned before and he is the expert with club feet...so going somewhere else or having someone else do it is not an option for me.
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Old September 18 2013, 11:44 PM   #43
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Ah, Vancouver is good! I remembered your saying "the best", but I wasn't sure of the context. Was worried that maybe you were in some rural area with few specialists where "best" wouldn't have been saying much. Sorry.
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Old September 19 2013, 01:27 AM   #44
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No worries. I don't think I brought up my location in this thread. I forgot to mention that I'm not infected and they said it's not gout which was my running theory. There is some arthritis in my foot but nothing to that extent.
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Old February 19 2014, 12:14 PM   #45
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Well, I recently got a tentative date for the surgery. They've circled Jan 2015. Don't have a specific date yet, but should get that really soon, I'm also on the cancellation list so will have potentially to move up the list should anyone reschedule or outright cancel.

My first surgery back in 07 was on a cancellation, it happened a couple of months earlier than it was booked. This doesn't surprise me, I expected to be booked either sometime in December or early Jan.

I'm okay. Still a lot of pain, not much I can do about that, been excising and dieting to lose weight. The weather has affected the foot as well, it's been "on and off" the past couple of weeks pain wise. Mostly try to stay off of it, but will occasionally have short walks in the afternoon as I've been encouraged to do so.

Going back to physio to realign myself since my coverage has rebooted for the year. That's about all I have to update.
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