Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Birthday - the followup

Yesterday, I was called in by the VA ... to pickup a temporary wheelchair. They REALLY want me to stay off of the fractured foot!

After that, I had an appointment with my Primary Care ...

My B12, D3 and ... were low. Consult to endocrinology, prescribe D3, ...

Had concerns about lack of healing in my foot. Wasn't happy about the CT and Dexa Scans of my Spine. Prescribed Alendronate Sodium 70mg once a week.

This has not been a good week for me.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Happy Birthday?

Today I returned to the VA for follow-up on my broken foot. The news wasn't good. After 5 weeks, no signs of healing - other than one very tiny area. They are ordering a Bone Growth Stimulator - oh joy. They are also ordering a wheelchair. While that might be excessive just to immobilize a fracture, there are other reasons involved.

The previous CT Scans of my Spine and the DEXA Scan point point to an increased risk of a spinal fracture with NO trauma. Add in my risk of falling, and the chances of a Spinal Fracture jumps up markedly. As much as I don't want a wheelchair, I want a broken back less.

My B12 level is also low - low enough that Subacute Combined Degeneration of the Spinal Cord is a possible diagnosis being mentioned. This is NOT a good thing - but it does explain a lot.

Given all of the above, the Doctor is recommending:

Consult to Endocrinology;
The Bone Growth Stimulator;
a Wheelchair;
Prescriptions for some kind of Bone Growth/Strenghtener
Return in 6 weeks
NO weight on the fractured foot
Possible surgery in the future

What a way to spend a Birthday ... yes, it's THAT day. I am only 39 (plus tax) ... damn tax goes up every year.