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Cancer Warrior - Ortho or Therapy?

StLouisAs I said last week, I bit the bullet and saw Dr. Olsen (my radiologist). He had me get an x-ray of the left hip to see exactly what was going one. Well, evidently there is some calcification in the tissue (whatever that means) and something about the femur being slightly out of place … which to me would explain the on-going pain.

Nurse Judy got the report and discussed it with Dr. Mac and we agreed that I would see an orthopaedic oncologist on Monday morning. Got me in fast … which sorta surprised me. Now I gotta make a stop at St. Mary’s Hospital (where I get all my tests done) and pick up the cds of the PET scan, the CT scan and the x-ray for Dr. Webber to see. Apparently he puts more stock in actual pictures than just reports. I like that.

Then I got a call yesterday from Monica of Dr. Olsen’s office to schedule the therapy sessions. Why do these people insist on using my home phone? During business hours they’re never gonna get me … as I’m at work. I always tell them to use the cell phone number before trying the other. No one ever does … sigh. I’m thinkin’ that I want to wait and see what Dr. Webber has to say before I begin any type of therapy. If it is a misaligned bone, I don’t want more damage done.

In the meantime, Dr. Mac doubled my vicadin intake for the pain and I gotta say, it’s been helping a lot.

And remember to repeat after me …“YOU ARE A CANCER WARRIOR”

4 Responses to “Cancer Warrior - Ortho or Therapy?”

  1. Edie Ramer Says:

    I’m glad you’re filling better. I think it’s a good idea to see the oncologist before the therapist, too.

  2. Liz Kreger Says:

    Yep … I’m leaning that way, too, Edie. I’ll contact Monica today and let her know that I’m gonna see the ortho before setting anything up with her. I want to know exactly what’s going on with that hip before we start manipulating it with therapy. I’m just afraid that it may do more damage than good.

  3. Margie Says:

    I’m glad you finally are doing somthing for this pain. I guess you can’t see Dr. Evanich for the orth. It sounds like this Dr. Webber is pretty good also. Good luck hopefully this doesn’t mean hip surgery.

  4. Liz Kreger Says:

    Yep … it means hip surgery. Replacement to be exact. Yehaa! This just keeps getting better and better.

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