OT a bit - A Medical Rant and the 1st Annual Ride
My son, Andy, is profoundly developmentally disabled. He has a difficult time showing us where pain is, and is very stoic. One has to be an expert at reading him and his face to know when he is hurting.
Andy is a very hard worker, and extremely determined. He has osteopenia (a bit less that osteoporosis).
In February, coming our of a building, Andy fell, and could no longer put weight on his left leg. His long-term, loving and excelllent caretaker immediately took him to the ER. There, they examined him, took an X-Ray of his knee, and pronounced that he was OK, and was strained, etc.
He had to give up riding his bicycle, one of his great joys. He couldn't walk and used a wheelchair.
There followed failed physical therapy (where the therapist chided him for "not trying"), other visits to medical folks, a hospitalization for another reason, where I pleaded with the doctor for further examination of why he would put no weight on his leg, but - no - that was not what he was admittied for, therefore, they could not do anythng anout his leg. Finally, Andy's PCP referred him to a Physiatrist (specialist in rehab medicine) who stated he did not think it was his knee at all, and ordered a full bone scan of his left side from the waist down.
Well, we discovered last Thursday that Andy has had a broken femur for 6 months now. For 6 months, he has been outting up with all of the pain from a broken leg. One has to wonder why the ER did not simply do an X-Ray of the hip, upper bone area upon the first exam in February.
We are now faced with surgery for that broken leg - which has not healed - and will see our first surgeon tomorrow. We will be seeing more than one surgeon, because we want a couple of opinions on a course of action.
Then, most likely, we will shortly be having surgery and whatever afterwards that entails. While his caretaker is excellent (he lives in her home) we still need (and want) to be around during this time.
Which brings me to the first Annual Ride on August 31.
Right at this time, I don't know whether or not I will make it. It will depend a lot on the course of action and success, etc.
Sorry about that, but life always brings unexpected turns.