Saturday, July 26, 2014
After dealing with pain in my right foot off and on for the last month, month and a half I finally went in and had it checked out by a dr. Based on my past experiences with them, I was 100% certain I was going to be told my foot hurts because I'm 430 pounds. And if I just got my act together and lost the weight, my foot would stop hurting.
The Nurse who saw me was sympathetic toward me and my weight loss journey. She sent me to the hospital for an xray, and they said it was Achilles tendinitis. The nurse when I saw her again had no idea how to treat it, other than "stay off your feet." But knew that was impossible.
So she sent me to a podiatrist-same one hubby sees for his Charkot foot. Older gentleman, nice but quite. He took xrays of my foot, fussed at me a little about my weight-mainly because it would lower my blood pressure and would relive some of my foot pain-but he wasn't overbearing about it. He was actually nice and seem interested in hearing about the positive changes I've made to my diet and was glad to hear I was already doing water aerobics 3 days a week at the Y.
Any way his xrays showed that I have Plantar fasciitis. And that I'm not to far gone for surgery-it would help. But he also thinks surgery would be, in his words a "tad overkill" at the moment. He's going to be contacting me hopefully sometime this week to see if my insurance will cover specialized orthopedics and how much they will cover for a night splint for me to wear at night.
Since I'm not a diabetic, the specialized shoes might be a hard pill for insurance to swallow. He told me with my insurance most people who needed the shoes when they weren't covered at 100% had to pay a copay of $75. My eyes bugged out. $75 is a hell of a lot of money for me. But if I need them and I need to pay that amount..we'll figure it out somehow. The night splint is usually covered at 100% though.
He also wants to try cortisone shots. But he's not sure how much my insurance will cover nor any idea of how many of the shots they will cover. So something else he'll be looking into. Hopefully I hear from his office pretty soon.
I'll do the surgery if I have to...but if my foot gets better with other methods, I'd like to try that route first. He's pretty sure my insurance will cover the surgery at 100%, but that means I'll be unable to drive since it's my right foot for the duration of me getting better-and I'm the only driver in my house.
My mom won't leave the house but once or twice a month to pay bills due to her mental issues, hubby is at the mercy of the local transit system which only runs 6am to 7pm-5 M-F So he could do SOME errands but his health issues prevent him from doing to much in one day. And that means I wouldn't be able to work until I'm healed and if I can't work at least 21 hours a week, I loose my health insurance and my employer doesn't have sick leave and loosing my health insurance would be a headache unto itself...SIGH
SO....for the next few days I get to play lets find out what insurance will cover and how much they will pay. Wish me luck!