Friday, September 18, 2009
I finally had my orthopedic appointment yesterday afternoon. The moment the Dr. set foot in the door, my mouth fell open. He looks just like my oldest son! I see people all the time who look like my younger son. I guess he has a common body type/face. But I've only met one other person who looks like my older son, until I met this doctor. Really surprising.
I was there a long time and asked a lot of questions and covered a lot of things concerning my chronic pain. But the main issue is this hip pain I've been having that has brought me to a complete standstill for the past 3 months. And right there on my MRI where even I could see it, is a very long bone spur, growing off the top of the ball and socket joint that is my right hip!
If you point your index finger, then crook it downward, the side view of it is what the spur looks like. Like a FANG from some wild animal, and it's biting me in the . . . hip. lol I feel like Phyllis Diller, complaining about Fang. lol
The cartilage in my hip joint is fine, except where this spur grows downward off the top of the socket. It curves and narrows so that it is scraping away any cartilage there, and restricting the movement of my hip. My hip can't move properly, so everything else compensates or tries to, anyway. Muscles in the back, side and front of my leg all the way down to my knee, compensate, trying to keep my body moving the way it should even when my hip isn't working properly. Lots of muscle knots and pain.
First option - a "guided injection" of cortisone into that area. That should relieve the pain right away and last for 3 months. If not, I'm to call my Dr./son-look-alike right away and he'll refer me on to a surgeon to remove the spur. He even wrote his name, his secretary's name and phone number on a card and handed it to me. A very big plus in this huge hospital system that is my HMO.
I stay away from drugs all I can and am usually completely drug free. But I'd rather try the cortisone than have surgery. Also, if the pain persists, then it means something else is causing it, and maybe I'll see the nerve and muscle specialist next.
I have his blessing to exercise even while in pain, as long as I don't do anything outrageous. I'm never sure when to work through the pain and when to stop. So he gave me a better understanding of what to do in that respect.
Now I wait for them to call and schedule me with my consult for this injection. Everything takes time...
Not moving hasn't been my only problem. Why is it true that -
The more we HAVE on our plate, the more we PUT on our plate?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Mr. Harry Kitty, aka Jungle Kitty, who has passed on and can be seen on my photo page, was a very handsome fellow, always ready for a special occasion in his black and white tux. A police officer friend rescued him from a very busy highway! I guess the first 4 weeks of his life were very traumatic. Who knows what happened to his mommie?
This explains, maybe, his habit of sucking his tail, lol. He'd get on my lap, start that circling pattern, going round and round until it felt just right and his long tail was trailing behind him enough so he could get it in his mouth! Down he'd plop and suck happily, like a contented baby with his pacifier! He'd also get under the covers with me and do the same thing.
If you petted Mr. Harry, you had to watch out for his soppy wet tail!
Rosie, my current kitty, gets on my lap, stretches out on her belly, and scoots up towards my face a closely as she can. Then she settles down and looks me right in the eye with a look of utmost adoration, lol. Makes me feel like I'm the most important person in the world.
She's also a licker! Licks my hands, my arms, my feet, my face... Will NOT lick anyone else, thank you very much, so there!
Care to share any cat cuties of your own?
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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Monday, September 14, 2009
My orthopedic appointment is Thursday afternoon. Joe is taking me in case the parking lot and hospital hallways are too much for me. I have a list of questions, including some about physical therapy, so I can learn when the pain should stop me and when I should work through it. He's going to look at my MRI also, concerning my hip and leg pain.
Hoever, I received a letter from my personal Dr. on Saturday, regarding my MRI. It shows I have a "small cyst on my right kidney" and should call for an appointment for a renal ultrasound. I'm going to do that ASAP. I have no symptoms that could be related to that at all. I'll call today and make that appointment. Don't you just love surprises? The MRI was for my back and hip. I guess my kidney felt slighted, lol.
I've been on an aggressive stretching and strength training program - aggressive for ME, wimpy for normal folks. But it does feel good even though it hurts, too.
I've decided that no matter what, I'm going to move. The workout I've selected from Sparks is 55 min. long, but it takes me most of the day to get it in. No matter, at least I'm moving.
I went to Joe's house yesterday and got on his treadmill. Solid even ground, and I don't have to worry about getting home once I wear out or the pain becomes too bad. I also have a lot of muscle fatigue in my right leg and hip, which is a very uncomfortable feeling.
So, I walked, slowly, for 4.5 minutes. Got off and stretched my leg and hip as best I could and got back on. Then I walked another 2 minutes and knew that was enough.
You can see how bad off I am, even though I look fine and healthy! To think I used to do an hour long step aerobics class twice a week and walk 4 miles a day up and down some pretty steep hills.
And yet, I'm feeling better. More hopeful and optimistic. Life is good and I'm always thankful for that.
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