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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Medical update, progress!



For those of you who've been following my blogging about my leg issues, here's an update.

The new doctor seems to know his stuff. It was nice to hear that he's seen my problem a thousand times before and had a treatment plan. Long story short, I should be better in a week or two.

While I was there I got him to deal with a hugely painful ingrown toenail. That toenail problem has been limiting my ability to walk. Walking is one of the things I need to do more of to help my legs heal. I was hesitant to get it fixed. My mother had the same issue years ago. The doctors botched it up and she had painful issues with her feet for the rest of her life. I made my concerns clear to the doctor. He did a really good job. I'll soon be able to get back into hiking around.

Things are looking up. The treatments in the doctor's office have lessened the pain quite a bit.

Had I seen the exact same doctor in the wound clinic the exact same procedure would have cost at least $1000 more. That was according to the doctor. The hospital adds that on for using their facility. Had I insurance, that's what would have happened. The procedure would have actually cost me more due to deductibles. What a messed up system.

I am grateful that the lady at the wound clinic was able to figure out the cheaper alternative for me. There are good people doing their best in a broken system.

-Sixbears

22 comments:

  1. Glad to hear about your repair successes. A good farrier is helpful.

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    1. With my huge feet, a farrier is not out of the question.

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  2. Glad to hear that things are looking up!

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    1. I am encouraged and can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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  3. Ingrown toenails, what a pain. Have had to deal with that also. Glad to know you are well on the road to recovery.

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  4. Glad to hear your head in the right direction healing . wish I was. Hope you get to Florida by January and have some fun

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    1. Not sure if and when we'll get out this winter. There are some family issues keeping us close to home.

      Hope you get well your own self!

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  5. PS be glad your not a British soldier ingrown toe nails was a court-martialing offence .

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    1. I did not know that. Weird. I suppose you had to keep care of your feet so you could do all that marching.

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  6. Yep, Sixbears, we all gotta look out for each other. Glad you found the lady who was doing that for you. Hand of God, perhaps . . .

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    1. Perhaps . . . I'll gladly accept any divine gifts that come my way.

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  7. Providential for sure. Another reason to be thankful. I am so happy for you.

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    1. Thank you Janet. Now all I have to do is to follow through with my treatments and get well.

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  8. Sure glad you found that doctor. A good one that does what you want is hard to find. Better keep that doc.

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    1. I know, right? I've so many bad ones in the past that I almost gave up hope.

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  9. Very glad to hear you found a Doc to finally fix your leg and toe. That should make next years sailing a lot more fun.
    A farrier, now that's funny! :-)

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    1. My honking big feet may need the attentions of a large animal vet. :)

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    1. It's looking much better. Thank you Deborah Harvey. My blog readers are such nice people!

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