Hi all, I had an appt with my Rheumatologist 2 weeks ago, (6 months in the waiting) and he and his nurse were both in a bad mood. I said (again) about my right big toe still being swollen and hurting ever since it was fused in 2008 and he kind of exploded and said that I did NOT have arthritis in that toe any longer since it was fused. He did not touch it but he did see that it is very swollen and red. He said I would have to follow up with my orthopedist Dr. He wouldn't even send me to get orthotics or say anything that might help my toe.
So, I made an appointment with the Orthopedist last week, and he says that of course it is arthritis, and that I have another bone in my toe beyond what they fused. Then he said that I have bone spurs on the toe, one on the outside and one on the inside. He strongly told me that he would discourage surgery on the toe, as that would probably not correct the problem for long (the spurs would grow back) and would just make my toe even stiffer than it always is now. I tend to agree with him, but I certainly want the swelling & pain to go away. This Dr did finally give me a prescription to get orthotics, after I asked him 3 times. He says that they are close to $300 though, so I can't do it right now as I have no money.
The best thing in my life though, is that after having had no insurance for 2 years and having to pay all of my doctor bills myself, I finally got Medicare-as of July 1st. Whew! I am so relieved. I am on payment plans to pay off several dr bills what I still owe, but I can finally see a way out of debt-eventually.
I'm off to our annual neighborhood pool/ice-cream party tonight at 6. I always man the registration/raffle table as I can't scoop the ice-cream. I think I'll have a scoop or two and chocolate sauce as well on top. I even had a thought of taking a banana and having it be a one topping banana split, Mmmmm. The weather is cool & dark today though, I hope it doesn't rain, although we'll still have our party, either way.