MRI update: I went back to my orthopedic doctor last week to find out the results of the MRI on my right ankle.  Once again I was presented with good and bad news.  The good (great) news is that my ankle LOOKS fine and there is no damage to the joint or cartilage.  This is a huge relief, of course.  But then he told me that there is nothing he can do for me based on the results of the MRI.  Tears sprang up in my eyes and began to roll down my face despite trying to control myself.  How can there be nothing “wrong” when I’m in so much pain?  I appreciate that he doesn’t want to do unnecessary surgery, yet I can’t understand how nobody can figure out how to fix my ankle after all of these years (the ankle problems started five years ago).  So basically I left the office a crying mess wondering what to do next.  Second, third, fourth opinions?  Mayo Clinic again?  It’s almost too exhausting to even think about much less go through.  Back to the beginning, back to “square one.”  All I want is to be able to walk normal again, or as normal as possible, with less pain.

In better news, I have rediscovered the joys of riding a bike and have established a goal of biking 3-4 miles a day around a small lake near my house.  I went yesterday and Monday and it felt great, despite being a sweaty huffing-puffing wimp by the end of the ride both days.  It’s raining right now but I still want to try to go before I work tonight.  RAIN WILL NOT STOP ME!  Nor will this disease, dammit.

I don’t know what I’m going to do about this ankle, but I’ll have to figure out something.  I just can’t believe that there’s nothing that can be done.

Pain

December 4, 2007

I went to an orthopedic ankle doctor/surgeon at the University of Minnesota today whom I have seen once before (1.5 years ago for the same problem). He actually referred me to the doctor who performed my ankle surgery a year ago. My appointment was at the Riverside Orthopedic Clinic and I have to say the place was hectic and an unorganized mess. Despite that I had called them multiple times before my scheduled appointment to make sure that they had received my records, there were no records to be found today. More than one woman who works there assured me the records had been faxed and received (note to self: next time write down the woman’s name who says such things). So, despite having to wait extra long because the doctor was running behind, I had to wait an additional amount of time while the nurse got my records re-faxed over to the clinic. What is the point of me even calling to assure that my IMPORTANT records and information are there in time for my appointment if I’m not being told the truth anyway and they are NOT THERE? Frustrating.

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