Saturday, November 10, 2012

Medical Update--The Latest on Sandi's Foot

Sandi's foot still has not improved at all. In fact, because she is unable to walk normally, she has now injured her left foot. This left foot injury is a different injury than her booted right ankle. It also happened while she was on her feet at work. This one is some sort of muscle pull of a tendon that runs across the top of her left foot between her toes and her ankle. That injury has created not only pain, but some swelling of her foot.

She showed it to the therapist after he evaluated her lack of progress with her right foot. If anything, her right foot is now somewhat worse than it was a couple of weeks ago. He finally said what I had been saying and thinking all along---the only way this ever was going to heal was if she went out on another unpaid medical leave and was home off of her feet.

After another very painful night for her and with two swollen feet the next morning, it was very clear she needed to see the foot doctor immediately. She saw him early Friday morning (yesterday) and he agreed that at this point, she had done all she could do to keep working. It was time to shut it down. Not only did he say that, but he also warned her that she would soon do too much damage and would require surgery to try and reattach the tendon to the bone in her leg. He wrote a note for her and will be filling out the required paperwork so that Sandi can be out on unpaid medical leave effective immediately.

She isn’t happy as, beyond our constant money issues, she loves to work. She is one of those rare creatures that loves her job and loves being around other people.  But, when faced with the high likelihood of surgery on top of the fact that the left foot is now injured too and is significantly hurting her, Sandi has finally agreed that coming home is for the best.

So, the foot doctor has put her out until at least December 4, 2012. Her next appoint with him is November 30th when he will reevaluate her status.

On Monday, December 3, 2012 she has her next PET SCAN and blood work to see if she is still in remission.  She will see the cancer doctor a few days later on December 6 and find out. Fingers crossed on that.

A year ago she was coming off knee surgery and about to get a terminal cancer diagnosis so things could easily be worse. Been there and done that. Hopefully, this is just a minor event and one that can soon be forgotten unlike some of the other things the last few years.



Bill Crider said...

Hope this problem clears up soon!

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Me too! Enough already.

Earl Staggs said...

Same here, Kevin. I'll be holding the most prositive thoghts I can muster.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Thank you, Earl. Compared to last year, this is obviously no big deal at this point. But, it is another in a long line of one thing after another.

Kay said...

Continuing to keep you guys in my prayers, Kevin. Hope Sandi's foot problems are soon a thing of the past!

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Thank you, Kay. At this point there has not been any improvement at all in either foot. I had hoped she might, at the very least, hurt just a little bit less. But, so far, that has not happened despite staying off of both of them as much as possible while I do everything I can around here.