Hello everyone. I was asked to keep a few people updated with my latest results when the doctor went over them with me. This is the easiest way to tell a lot of people at one time. If you would rather not hear about my current medical situation, please know you can skip this post and I won’t be upset at all. In fact we were talking in the office and they felt my attitude when I come in was rather wonderful. I don’t complain, I am reasonable, I am not into pity or sympathy seeking. I am interested in their lives and what is going on with them. I feel everyone has bad stuff in their life and they don’t need to be bludgeoned by mine also. I could live my life making my pain and medical problems be my entire focus of life, or I can live my life making the grand happy things I experience the things I focus on. I know my condition is only going to get worse, so why not take joy in the good things I have now. For example I have a wonderful husband who treats me as a princess. I have no responsibilities other than what I choose to have. I have plenty of food, I have shelter, I have clothing, I have toys, I have internet, I have friends, I have my fur family of my cats. Ron takes me anywhere I want to go, he handles all the things in my life that stresses me. So why should I dwell on the bad when in truth I have it so good.
Now on to the doctors visit. As I mentioned I finally got the X-Rays the doctor had been wanting me to get. Turns out she explained I had fractured my left hip, I had avascular necrosis in my left hip with the head being compressed. I had also damaged my knee and had fluid build up and arthritis. Not sure what kind of arthritis. I also had a deformed vertebrae with a damaged nerve and worsening arthritis. So this is what the doctor wants me to do. I now have to add another doctor to my list. I was referred to an orthopedic surgeon. My doctor wants to have me evaluated to have my hip replaced. I think it far too early. I know on my right hip which I also lost due to avascular necrosis, I was diagnosed with it in 1996. I had a core decompression done and spent two and 1/2 years in a wheelchair to try to save the bone. They found out core decompressions don’t work at all. However they did not replace the right hip until the bone was entirely decayed. So it was not until seven years later in 2004 that I got a total hip replacement on my right leg. I figured I would have some more years left to go but she wants me evaluated now. I have to have a MRI on the knee to let the new Orthopedic doctor know what to tell me to do. The spine I don’t know what they are going to do, I am not sure if they will want another x-ray set on that. She said she would leave it up to the new doctor. I also got put on a new medication called cymbalta. Cymbalta is one of Eli Lilly’s top-selling drugs, used for treating depression, anxiety, and bone and muscle pain. I was thinking of a PRN medication to take as needed but she wanted me on it full time, twice a day. It also will help with my fibromyalgia. Now as to the shots I get. I think I got 18 this time. I say 18 because I lost count but was still getting them after I counted 16. I just don’t know how many after that. My doctor forgot to tell me the number and I forgot to ask. I felt relief within 15 minutes. So poor Ron who had worked three 12 hour night shifts in a row, came home and got 2 hours sleep then had to take me to the doctors. He slept in the van while I was seen. Then as he usually does he took me out for lunch to sort of make up for the pain of the shots. So I feel better, full for a while, and Ron is in bed until five when I have to get him. The shot will cause me to be hungry for a few days. I have to get all new blood work and urine tests tomorrow morning, and then see my primary care on Thursday the 12th. Hugs