Thursday, February 26, 2009
While we were having dinner, Bob (Silly Willy the Clown) stopped over and brought balloon toys for the girls!! Thanks, Bob, for the fun!!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Dr. Massam said they used to try to correct the problem in various ways. He even wrote some papers on that very thing, but that was year ago (I read some of his works on line). Now, he said they have determined the only treatment is full hip replacement!!! BAD NEWS!! But it is not urgent at this time. In the meantime, he gave me a steroid shot in my hip. That did help the pain somewhat, but my hip is still bothers me a lot.
What to do?? I plan to seek a second opinion when we get back to Richmond in the Spring. Surely don’t look forward to hip replacement surgery!!!
All of that took a back seat recently when Ken’s left wrist and hand became swollen and extremely painful, and a big lump appeared on his inner wrist. Before we left Richmond to come to Florida, Ken’s thumb had been bothering him so he saw a Hand Specialist. The doctor gave him a shot in his thumb and gave him a thumb and wrist brace. Ken dug out the brace and wore it for about week. It helped some, but the pain was still excruciating.
We had noticed there was a Hand Specialist in the office next to my hip doctor in Sebring. We called my doctor’s office and got the number for Diana Carr and set up an appointment to see her on Friday, February 13, as we were moving from TT Orlando to TT Peace River. She examined Ken’s hand and wrist, wiggled his thumb and poked the big knot – all of this to diagnose Ken’s problem as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
The knot was a Ganglion Cyst.
Dr. Carr arranged for Ken to have a Nerve Test on Monday morning, and if the test confirmed Carpal Tunnel, she would operate on his hand on Tuesday. She could remove the Ganglion Cyst at the same time. In the meantime, she prescribed an anti-inflammatory which worked like a miracle! The swelling went down, the knot disappeared, and most of the pain was gone.
The nerve tests confirmed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Surgery was scheduled for Tuesday, February 17. Everything went like clock-work, and Ken is now recovering from Carpal Tunnel Surgery.
One funny note in all of this (well, maybe not so funny). When we first went to Dr. Carr’s office, they asked for our Florida address. We told them we were staying at Thousand Trails in Wauchula. Dr. Carr said that was where her morning patient who broke her wrist was staying. Ken asked, “Was she playing Pickleball?” “Yes, she was. She fell on the Pickleball court.” On Monday, when Ken went to see Dr. Carr following the nerve tests, Karen (that’s her name), was there. On Tuesday, when Ken went for surgery, Karen was in the next bed for the pre-op. When Ken went to see Dr. Carr to have the bandage removed on Wednesday, Karen was there. Ken presented Karen with a pickle pin right there in the doctor’s office!!! She was thrilled!!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Stan, Sally, Ken, Faye, Pat, John, Dennis, and our Guide, Tom.
We car-pooled to a public boat ramp in Wauchula; launched the canoes and off we went! We left at about 11:25 AM, and arrived at our destination at the TT Peace River Canoe Ramp at about 2 PM. A great time was had by all!!!
Good Friends, Sally and Stan.
Ken, Faye, Pat, John, Sally and Stan.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Marti called us again today. She was elated!! A follow-up surgery revealed that all of the cancerous cells had been removed and everything was clean. There was no sign of the cancer. There is no need for chemotherapy or radiation treatment. We share in your excitement, Marti!!! And pray for you the very best.
Marti believes the good news in this case is primarily due to very early detection. She sends this message to all of her friends: GET YOUR MAMMOGRAMS!!
We love you, Marti!!!