It was two weeks ago today that I was scheduled to try a stem cell injection to relieve my hip pain; but listened to the strong message from blog readers “to get it replaced sooner than later” and asked for hip replacement surgery instead. Since then?
A Medical Run-Around
- Wednesday, March 28 – Met with Dr. Bertram and decided to have replacement surgery instead of stem cell injection; but need to be “tested and approved” before surgery.
- Thursday – Go to my regular doctor to have FIVE blood tests done; and have an EKG to check my heart.
- I alert the Physician’s Assistant doing the test that I have a “funny EKG,” which I carry in my wallet (just in case). She does the test and says it is the same as the one in my wallet; so, pending the blood results, she will “approve me” for surgery.
- Tuesday, April 3rd – After having to do two additional blood tests that the surgeon’s office insisted on (Vitamin D level??), all results go to their office.
- Wednesday (on my way out the door to play tennis at the Strand) – The surgeon calls and says he is concerned about my “funny EKG” and wants to talk with my cardiologist.
- Thursday – Hearing nothing back, I call the surgeon’s office to be told “he is operating today and off on Friday”
- Friday – I get a call from my cardiologist’s office to come in to see them. I go right in and they want to do ANOTHER EKG. I tell this PA the same thing and show her my wallet EKG.
- They do the EKG and see it is the same as the one in my wallet… BUT, they would like me to wear electrodes with a heart monitor for 24 hours, which I do until Saturday.
- Monday – I bring the monitor in first thing (8:30 am) to be read by the staff. Hearing nothing by late afternoon, I call their office and am told someone will call back.
- I also call my surgeon’s office and ask if they got results/approval from the cardiologist’s office and am told they will call back. Of course, nobody from either office calls me back.
- Tuesday – I again call the cardiologist’s office (against DeDe’s advice “not to be a pest”) and am told someone will call back.
- Later Tuesday – Phone message on my cell… “They just did review my results and they are the same as they have been before; so they will fax my ‘approval’ to the surgeon’s office by the end of the day.”
- Wednesday (now two full weeks later) – I called the surgeon’s office to see if, in fact, they had received the “heart OK”. After four hours of waiting, they just called back to say YES … and I am scheduled for surgery on May 10th! (And should be OK to drive north to New Hampshire a month later).
Searching online, I found a set of hip replacement pre-op exercises to do – and have been doing for about a week now. And I plan to punish my friends and play doubles with them until May 10th.
So when surgery comes, I should be in reasonable shape to start the rehab process.
Thanks to all who have given advice.
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