Tuesday, October 06, 2009


This is what I get to work on tomorrow. It doesn't look much better than it did a week ago. I do two days, and I pick at least one days worth every morning. I figure at the least 200 separate from our 3 facilities every day that need to be logged and charged, and I am now 6 days behind. the last two days I have closed my office door in the hope that 'out of sight out of mind' will come into play. If this was all I was expected to do, I would be farther ahead. But this is my lot in life when my co-worker is on vacation. I have my doubts that I will be caught up before she gets back, and at this point, I don't really care.

My back isn't as bad as it was. I have been keeping up with the aleeve, which really works well if you take 3 instead of one. It's kind of on the edge.. ya know, if I overdo it, I will pay.

A good thing that has happened is a cure for my painful legs. For 2 years I went from doctor to doctor trying to find out why my legs were growing increasingly cold, painful and swollen. I pretty much got the run around. The rheumatologist 'looked' at me and told me I had fibromyalgia. "here" take this med. I'm a skeptic as far as that diagnosis goes, as far as I'm concerned, it is a throw away, when they don't want to bother finding out the real problem. The neurologist thought, "a little neuropathy" "arthritis L3-4" Here, take this med. I don't jump on meds just because a doc tells me, luckily. They were grasping at straws and I knew it. Finally, I decided that I wouldn't say anything else to any more docs until I saw my cardiologist for my yearly check up. I tell him everything. You know what he says? "Sounds painful, I don't have a clue what it might be". I was devastated. After that I realized, that I don't sound serious enough when I talk to these guys, I need to take a whole different approach from now on. Anyway, close to tears, I left that appointment, thinking that I was imagining my problem, thinking I was complaining too much, and I had spent too much time trying to find out what was wrong. On the way home, I stopped at a podiatrist that my husband had gone to. I made an appointment. He ordered tests that I didn't think that a podiatrist could even order. Anyway, he ordered the right test. It showed severe lack of blood flow to both of my legs. I went to a vascular surgeon, that did a deep vein ablation to both of my legs. I had Venous Insufficiency. No varicose veins, it was all deep veins. It has been a couple of months since the procedures, and I have lost 2 inches off of my left ankle, and one inch off of my right. No more constant muscle spasms in my feet and legs, they aren't cold or swollen. The first thing this kind doctor said to me is "I will figure out what is wrong with you, and I will fix it. " And he did.
This just proves that there are doctors out there that take the time to stop and listen to their patients. I will be forever grateful to this man. And, none of this would have been possible without the podiatrist. I tried all of these fancy doctors, and the podiatrist was the last resort, and he was the one who figured it out on the first try.

I hope you all are having a good week. It almost looks like snow here.


kwiltmakr said...

I am so glad your problem got figured out and something was done about it. Makes you wonder what kind of problems you would have had later on in life.

Robin said...

Thank goodness you are better in the legs- now lets do the back!