Positive New Doctor Visit
Friday, April 20, 2018
It is really a very small world! Hubby and I went to my new neurologist appointment yesterday. The doctor was a lovely, gentle, intelligent human being. Here's the surprise, he studied with my migraine neurologist during a time period when I was also patient. I remember once when I had a migraine visit, I met this kind, compassionate doctor. Then I never saw him again. This is the same neurologist I saw yesterday.
The doctor spent quite a lot of time with hubby and me. He looked at all of the testing that was done this March. He went over it with me and explained everything in detail. He took a complete history, tested my reflexes and strength in several different ways, asked lots of questions and LISTENED TO EVERYTHING I SAID! I could have cried with relief!
When I asked him if I could drive he said, "Do you have a drivers license? Of course you can drive. Why do you ask?" Hubby and I explained that the neurosurgeon said a big NO! to me being able to drive. This doctor said that the only things that keep one from driving are - not having a license, passing out or having seizures. None of those apply to me so there is no reason not to drive. Now I'm wondering if the neurosurgeon was confusing me with someone else. That's a scary thought!
Hubby and I asked the doctor about the brace because it hurts. He told me that most braces are very uncomfortable but he could write me a prescription for a new one if I'd like. He advised me to take the brace off when it starts to hurt. There is a big difference between discomfort and pain. The brace shouldn't make me feel additional pain. When I asked about the vertebrae healing, he told me that he could still see the break but he can't treat the break. He may be able to recommend a doctor who can treat the break. Hubby said that we would never be returning to the other doctor's practice and explained why. The doctor just shook his head.
The exam yesterday did indicate that I have several issues. I am having some further testing done next week. I will need to continue to use the rolling walker to help me with controlling my legs, gait and balance. That was disappointing but the doctor told me that there is no shame in using a walker - it doesn't define you and lots of people need to use them. I told him that I was trying to embrace the walker by dressing it up with fancy seat covers. The doctor said he noticed that and liked the one I had on it yesterday. That made me laugh and hubby told him that I had purchased a bunch of them to match my outfits. The doctor laughed and said that was a good idea.
Still, I miss being able to run, walk fast, dance and do other physical activities. I know that I may be able to do water exercise again - if I can get in and out of the pool. When the break heals, I may be able to do Silver Sneakers again but that is somewhere way down the road. I think as we grow older and lose some of our mobility, through injury or disease, it may be normal to grieve the loss of physical freedom of movement. Am I having a pity party? Maybe but I think I'm in the shock and adjusting stage. I would love to prove that I can recover completely but since aging a lot to do with it, there probably is much I can do to reverse the damage from injury and disease.
What I can do is strengthen my muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments with exercises that are appropriate with my condition. If my new doctor can recommend someone else to treat the vertebrae fracture, he/she made have some other suggestions. That would be helpful. Continuing to lose more weight will also help. I'm interested in what information next week's testing will yield. Maybe the new doctor will be able come up with a good treatment plan. That would be wonderful and give me hope.