Monday, January 7, 2008

A Dose of Reality

Well, Today was a red letter day in the world of getting in touch with my various orthopedic doctors. As in I talked to both of them. However, the upside is not so happy.

My favorite ortho onc called me back today and listened to my tale of the ever progressive numbness in the foot. At the end she took a long pause and in that measured carefully regulated tone that sends the fear of dread into me she said- (rough quote here) " I am trying not to be pessimistic, but I can't imagine a nonsurgical option to this. I know that isn't what you want to hear." Um- right. I have been clear to everyone that elective surgery isn't likely to happen to poor Lefty again soon, but is this really elective? To answer that I think that you need to understand me which fortunately she does. I don't do well sitting around and going about my business- that is a one way ticket to a place I won't go. I need to be able to count on my evening walks and long hikes when I want them. It is necessary for my sanity! So, if a surgery can fix this then maybe I can deal with that. Remember I am saying maybe. Well, after my 15 minute conversation with her the upshot was that we need objective evidence of if this really is pressure building up in the compartments of the leg and for that I need to have some tests done- Enter foot and ankle guy who called me back about 10 minutes after I emailed him. Yes, he can do this testing. However, first he wants to examine me when I have symptoms, so the next step is to go the ortho office and exercise down the hall until the numbness occurs and then he'll examine me, and then we'll schedule the formal testing. Yikes. More to come....

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Kathryn said...

Hopefully, they will be able to come up with an answer surgical or non-surgical that will make things better. I will keep my fingers crossed for you! Sorry we haven't been better at keeping in touch this fall.

Kathy

Anonymous said...

Hi- I have am so happy to find your blog. One of my good friends just found out this week he has myxoid liposarcoma on the top of his foot- apparently a very rare place for it to be located due to the uproar it has caused. He really needs some direction on where to go with this since the doctors in our area are ready to amputate from the knee down. If you could email w/ any help on specialists you suggest that would be such a blessing. alprescott@comcast.net Thank you so much! -Ashley

Jeanne said...

Lisa--anything new with the foot?

Are you back at work? How is that going?