|X-Rays & Ultra-Sound on Legs & Left Foot|
|03.19.2008 - X-Rays & Ultra-Sound on Legs & Left Foot|
On Tuesday, March 18,
2008, I wanted to ask
Dr. Chanie about my left foot that has been swollen for over six
months. He said he wanted
to look at my photos from Nicaragua and said I had fantastic photos and
the panoramic were really great and my blood test results were great. I finally said he needed to check
out my foot. I told him
Cindy, the nurse, had suggested an ultra-sound on my foot. Next thing he gave me a form and
said to go to the imaging room for an X-Ray of my foot. So off to the Imaging Division and
there the operator put me on the table and proceeded to explain how they
now have a plate that is reusable.
Somehow the photons are generated on the plate and then the plate
is put on a machine that uses a laser to read and digitally produce a
picture of the area. After
a successful image is taken, the plate is de-magnetized and the plate is
ready to be used again!
So next I went back to my doctor and
Sandy was there for the other research project I am on. They took about six vials of blood
to send to the University of San Francisco Medical Center for research
into aging. They also do a
questionnaire about oneís habits over the last four month, how much sex,
now much drinking, how many illegal drugs taken and psychologically, how
one feels about ones self and life in general. As we were finishing
Dr. Chanie came in and told me he had set up an ultra-sound for 10:30 A.M.
in the Imaging Division on Wednesday.
I wasnít happy but decided to get the tests over with.
So on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, I
went to the Veterans
Administration Hospital for my 10:30 appointment. I thought it would be about 30
minutes maximum. Well I
had to take off my clothes and lie on a table and it took the ultra-sound
operator an hour and a half to do the test.
They started at the groin on each leg and worked down past the
knee. Finally they did the left foot that was swollen. The person doing the
testing said a doctor would do the final review and let my doctor know
what if anything, was going on.
She said as long as there arenít any blood clots; one is safe. If not, some type of action needs
to be taken. Hopefully
since my foot is better since I am wearing a stocking to force the blood
back up the leg, that will be enough to fix the problem. Time will tell.
|On Tuesday, April 22, 2008, I went in for another check up on my foot and two doctors kept looking at it, poking at it and testing the strength of my muscle and any signs of pain. Nothing, just a swelling. So off to X-ray and they took three digital photos and I was sent back to the Podiatry Clinic. The doctors looked at the photos and came back and announced that I had broken the second toe bone, next to the big toe, about two inches from the end of my toe! They showed me the photo on the screen and there was a lump on each side of the break. Calcium deposits they said! So there was nothing to do as the bone healed itself and I would have swelling for a while longer. I probably did it while jumping up and down on the concrete floor doing water aerobics! They gave me some stretch bandages to use on my foot and said as everyone else did, do the same thing you have been doing, just get on with your life!|
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Created on: 2008.03.19
Updated on: 2008.03.19