Thursday, March 20
Okay Broke it at age 18. Probably should have had an operation, but the doc said no. He set it badly and now there is no ankle joint left. I have cramps in that calf 3 times a week at night. Pain 24 hours a day. I scheduled an appt with the podiatrist via my primary care physician. Today was the appointment.
Dr. Pearson: "Well there's only one thing that can be done. We have to fuse it. (My brain says...What? Fuse it?) If you were 15 or 20 years older you would have a replacement ankle procedure. I do this kind of operation everyday. 90% success rate on this procedure, over all. I think you have a 95% success rate. I am amazed you have this kind of flexibility at all. I can take you down the hall to another doctors office that I did this procedure on and he will tell you he is so glad he had it done.
Me: Sighs... So doctor, what is this going to cost me?
Doc: Your insurance will cover it. There may be some kind of deductible.
Me: What is the recovery time for this?
Doc: Thats the hard part. Six weeks off your feet. No weight on it at all. If you have a desk job you can go back after 1 or 2 weeks. It will be 3 months till you have a "normal" life ie: excercise, walking without a limp/cane/crutches, etc.
Me: Doc, I am a single mom. What am I going to do about my kid?
Doc: You have to take care of yourself. Find someone to help you with that.
Me: (inside my head = are you a parent?) So... find someone to look after him. How long will I need that?
Doc: At least 6 weeks. Maybe two months.
Me: Ok. Well, I need to think about it.
Doc: I think you should do it. I can't believe you aren't in more pain than you are.
Me: Doc, I am a jilted (previously physically abused), overworked, no child support, single mother who adores her son. What's pain got to do with it?
Doc: puzzled look... Do you want some valium?
Me: Do they come in a pediatric dosage?
So, I have to have an operation that will hobble the mem for a good six weeks. Can ANYONE come and help me? Anyone? Oh, Angel of mercy that looks down and bestows me with minor miracles, I need a BIGGIE!!!!!