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The cast is off, but...

Posted by Joopie on 9/08/00 at 23:50 (027669)

Got to my Dr. appt. early, and waited. Nurse brought out a slip to me to go to the cast room and get my cast off. So, I did. My toes were WAY swollen, and I could barely put weight on my foot. I hobbled SLOWLY back to the Doc's office. And waited. As they were getting ready to close, I asked the receptionist if they had forgotten me. She went back to talk to the doctor. He sent her back out, to tell me to use my shoes and my orthotic and call him if there was a problem. I couldn't believe he wasn't even going to SEE ME!!!! I asked if they still had my appointment for next Thursday, and she said yes, so I told her to keep i t for me. I then proceeded to TRY to put my shoe on, it took 3-4 tries because it was so painful. Finally I got it on, almost in tears. And I walked REAL slow back to my car. I am now using my cane again, and that helps. But even sitting back in the recliner this evening and watching baseball, if I flinched or moved my toes, the pain was intense. This next week is going to be hell if this keeps up.

On a little brighter note, I saw a behavior specialist today, and he has given me a pain journal to keep, as well as some tools for starting to deal with the ongoing pain. He was great, and basically said that my pod doc is a jerk. I go see him again at the end of the month, and he'll start teaching me biofeedback.

On Monday I'm going to see what I need to do to get another pod doc. I couldn't believe this guy.

I took some pain meds this evening - hopefully I can sleep most of the night. More later. Thanks.

Re: The cast is off, but...

Nancy S. on 9/09/00 at 00:01 (027672)

Joopie, I hope you're soundly and peacefully asleep as I write. The behavior specialist is right: the pod was a jerk -- a Class A jerk. Outrageous. In fact, I'm so outraged that I'm going to have trouble sleeping myself tonight.
(This was a given tonight anyway, as the number of posts I've made probably indicate. I watched a Red Sox pitcher get hit in the face with a hard-batted ball, and it was horrible.)
Joopie, the behavior specialist sounds promising. Could you tell me what the pain journal he gave you is like? I keep trying to keep one, and it ends up meandering all over the place. Do you have categories to fill out or what? I'm very interested in anything you can tell me. Thanks!
Nancy

Re: The cast is off, but...

Beverly on 9/09/00 at 00:10 (027676)

Joopie,

By all means, change doctors. I stayed with my first doctor way too long. I would GIVE anything if I had changed doctors right away.
I often wonder how different I might be if I had found my orthopedic sports med doctor first. I tried numerous pods and one orthopedic guy before I found the one I like.

If you can get an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the lower body, you will as a rule get a better doctor. Not always, because there are wonderful pod's out there like Dr. Z. and I know other people on the board who just love their pod's, but unless you know of someone wonderful, my vote would be for an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the lowerbody and if his specialty is sports medicine, then all the better.

I am appalled at the way you were treated!
I'd like to hear more about the pain journal.
Beverly

Re: The cast is off, but...

Bob G. on 9/09/00 at 00:55 (027679)

Joopie, I am sooo sorry about the shoddy treatment you DID NOT even receive. Shame, shame shame.

This is a condition that sometimes one must figure out for one's self. Good professional help is a blessing, but without it, one must study and monitor progress/regress and chart a recovery course for one's self.

I am wishing you well in your search for recovery. BG

Re: The cast is off, but...

Laurie R on 9/09/00 at 10:00 (027690)

Hi Joopie,
Frist of all ,I can't believe your doctor did not even look at your foot. This makes me so so mad. You say your foot is real swollen? Did the person who took your cast off notice this ? I am sure they did ,they should of mentioned this to your doctor.I would also look for another doctor.

Everytime I got one of my cast off ,the nurse would take it off. Then my Pod would come in and look at my foot . One time my foot was really swollen too .So I asked him what it was. He had said part of the swelling was due to the cast and the part was scar tissue.

Joopie hang in there.We are here for you.And I am very sure you will find the right doctor.If you live by San Francisco ,I have a wownderful Pod.

My very best to you.Laurie R

Re: The cast is off, but...

JudyS on 9/09/00 at 10:28 (027691)

Joopie - First, I really like your name! Is it real or is it a nickname? Second, I hope I don't sound too presumptious when I say......move on to another doc! This one sure sounds like he fits the profile of one who's gotten a bit above himself. Does your insurance allow a visit to an orthopedic or at least for a second opinion? When I had a cast, within the first 24 hours my entire foot and toes swelled and got numb.....my doc had me back in immediately to take the cast off. It's so hard to understand that your swollen toes didn't alert your doc. And then to not see you! What could possibly be up with that? Then how could he know how things are post-cast? I feel badly for you because your frustration is clear and very understandable. Can I offer some interim treatment advice? Today: 2 rented movies, bubble bath or jacuzzi, candlelight, someone serves you lunch and dinner, intriguing novel, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, choc........
Tomorrow: repeat

Re: The cast is off, but...

Barbara S. on 9/09/00 at 12:09 (027707)

I am so relieved that you're dumping that guy and that you got that hard cast off. Keep a good record of your symptoms and try an orthopedic specialist who will let you try an aircast. I'll be thinking of you today, B.

Re: The cast is off, but...

Pauline on 9/09/00 at 13:13 (027712)

Lets look at the brighter side of things--- You got rid of the jerk.
I remember one doctor once told me if I left his practice I would never get well and no one else would treat me. Ha, there are plenty
to choose from its just a matter of interviewing them. Today
that's how I select a Dr. On my first visit I go to interview them
to see if they get the job. If I like them I go back, if not I go on. Keep the faith there is a good Doctor out there to treat you and someone you will like. Begin by asking friend, neighbors, hospital referral centers and nurses in hospitals. I like nurses the best
because they see it all.

Re: The cast is off, but...

wendyn on 9/09/00 at 14:40 (027727)

Jerk does not even begin to describe what I would call this guy. It's a family type bulletin board though so I'll keep my creatively deragatory terms to myself. I hope that they send you to a real doctor. How can a doctor take your cast off and then not even ask how things are going, or look at your foot?!?!!?

Re: The cast is off, but...

Nancy S. on 9/09/00 at 00:01 (027672)

Joopie, I hope you're soundly and peacefully asleep as I write. The behavior specialist is right: the pod was a jerk -- a Class A jerk. Outrageous. In fact, I'm so outraged that I'm going to have trouble sleeping myself tonight.
(This was a given tonight anyway, as the number of posts I've made probably indicate. I watched a Red Sox pitcher get hit in the face with a hard-batted ball, and it was horrible.)
Joopie, the behavior specialist sounds promising. Could you tell me what the pain journal he gave you is like? I keep trying to keep one, and it ends up meandering all over the place. Do you have categories to fill out or what? I'm very interested in anything you can tell me. Thanks!
Nancy

Re: The cast is off, but...

Beverly on 9/09/00 at 00:10 (027676)

Joopie,

By all means, change doctors. I stayed with my first doctor way too long. I would GIVE anything if I had changed doctors right away.
I often wonder how different I might be if I had found my orthopedic sports med doctor first. I tried numerous pods and one orthopedic guy before I found the one I like.

If you can get an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the lower body, you will as a rule get a better doctor. Not always, because there are wonderful pod's out there like Dr. Z. and I know other people on the board who just love their pod's, but unless you know of someone wonderful, my vote would be for an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the lowerbody and if his specialty is sports medicine, then all the better.

I am appalled at the way you were treated!
I'd like to hear more about the pain journal.
Beverly

Re: The cast is off, but...

Bob G. on 9/09/00 at 00:55 (027679)

Joopie, I am sooo sorry about the shoddy treatment you DID NOT even receive. Shame, shame shame.

This is a condition that sometimes one must figure out for one's self. Good professional help is a blessing, but without it, one must study and monitor progress/regress and chart a recovery course for one's self.

I am wishing you well in your search for recovery. BG

Re: The cast is off, but...

Laurie R on 9/09/00 at 10:00 (027690)

Hi Joopie,
Frist of all ,I can't believe your doctor did not even look at your foot. This makes me so so mad. You say your foot is real swollen? Did the person who took your cast off notice this ? I am sure they did ,they should of mentioned this to your doctor.I would also look for another doctor.

Everytime I got one of my cast off ,the nurse would take it off. Then my Pod would come in and look at my foot . One time my foot was really swollen too .So I asked him what it was. He had said part of the swelling was due to the cast and the part was scar tissue.

Joopie hang in there.We are here for you.And I am very sure you will find the right doctor.If you live by San Francisco ,I have a wownderful Pod.

My very best to you.Laurie R

Re: The cast is off, but...

JudyS on 9/09/00 at 10:28 (027691)

Joopie - First, I really like your name! Is it real or is it a nickname? Second, I hope I don't sound too presumptious when I say......move on to another doc! This one sure sounds like he fits the profile of one who's gotten a bit above himself. Does your insurance allow a visit to an orthopedic or at least for a second opinion? When I had a cast, within the first 24 hours my entire foot and toes swelled and got numb.....my doc had me back in immediately to take the cast off. It's so hard to understand that your swollen toes didn't alert your doc. And then to not see you! What could possibly be up with that? Then how could he know how things are post-cast? I feel badly for you because your frustration is clear and very understandable. Can I offer some interim treatment advice? Today: 2 rented movies, bubble bath or jacuzzi, candlelight, someone serves you lunch and dinner, intriguing novel, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, choc........
Tomorrow: repeat

Re: The cast is off, but...

Barbara S. on 9/09/00 at 12:09 (027707)

I am so relieved that you're dumping that guy and that you got that hard cast off. Keep a good record of your symptoms and try an orthopedic specialist who will let you try an aircast. I'll be thinking of you today, B.

Re: The cast is off, but...

Pauline on 9/09/00 at 13:13 (027712)

Lets look at the brighter side of things--- You got rid of the jerk.
I remember one doctor once told me if I left his practice I would never get well and no one else would treat me. Ha, there are plenty
to choose from its just a matter of interviewing them. Today
that's how I select a Dr. On my first visit I go to interview them
to see if they get the job. If I like them I go back, if not I go on. Keep the faith there is a good Doctor out there to treat you and someone you will like. Begin by asking friend, neighbors, hospital referral centers and nurses in hospitals. I like nurses the best
because they see it all.

Re: The cast is off, but...

wendyn on 9/09/00 at 14:40 (027727)

Jerk does not even begin to describe what I would call this guy. It's a family type bulletin board though so I'll keep my creatively deragatory terms to myself. I hope that they send you to a real doctor. How can a doctor take your cast off and then not even ask how things are going, or look at your foot?!?!!?