Fell seven weeks ago. Doctor pushed my right arm back into the shoulder joint or so he thought. Range of motion is still limited.
A trip to the physical therapists was worth it because they confirmed what I knew, that the arm is still slightly out of place and mustnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be forced.
The MRI (my first ever) was interesting: I was in a tube for 30 minutes but with headphones listening to MOTR rock, soft lights and some air blowing on my face (to keep the air fresh and the experts know that blowing air in your face keeps the claustrophobic from freaking out). Even got a souvenir CD-ROM of the scans.
The orthopÃƒÂ¦dist I saw was the first one available and not my doctorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first choice: the second time I saw him he misread my chart (Ã¢â‚¬Ëœso, you hurt it two weeks agoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢; Ã¢â‚¬Ëœno, a monthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢; Ã¢â‚¬ËœohÃ¢â‚¬â„¢), acted like he never even talked to the physical therapists I saw and blew off their warning not to force the arm (heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a bit prideful: Ã¢â‚¬ËœPTs are not surgeons!Ã¢â‚¬â„¢). At least the MRI showed whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wrong: one partially torn ligament and a stress fracture in one bone. (My first known broken bone!)
What's obvious to two PTs and a friend who's a second-year med student is not to a surgeon with X-rays, an MRI and a Ã¢â‚¬â„¢tude.
This orthopÃƒÂ¦dist doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think he has to operate (which is usually good news) but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s my arm and I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t trust this guyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s judgement so IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to somebody else on the 2nd.
At least I think I'll have better insurance after New Year's.
Prayers are appreciated.