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Now what? [Apr. 6th, 2004|03:27 pm]
Zoethe
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So, the final word came from on high:

We can't figure out why you are still in agonizing pain, but since your kidney function is back to normal and the swelling is out of your face, there's nothing else for us to do.

Here's some oxycotin.

Go home.

She will spend the rest of the week at Mom's (wolfieboy, thank you for the offer, but she just wants to be in familiar surroundings), and assuming they can keep the pain stabilized, she will be riding back to Montana with Jon, who is coming out there with the kids for Easter. In the meantime, she will try a chiropractor in a desperate attempt to get herself painfree.

She can't work like this. She can't stand up in a classroom for 7 hours, and she clearly can't waitress. I don't know what they are going to do.
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[User Picture]From: elfwench
2004-04-06 07:39 pm (UTC)
{{tight hugs}}
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[User Picture]From: wilfulcait
2004-04-06 08:19 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry. It's awful when people are in pain and the doctors can't figure out why.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-04-07 02:19 am (UTC)
Teacher's aid. And lovely though the idea may be, there is no way the insurance will pay for it and no way for her to afford it.
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[User Picture]From: jarodrussell
2004-04-06 10:04 pm (UTC)
She can't work like this. She can't stand up in a classroom for 7 hours, and she clearly can't waitress. I don't know what they are going to do.

By "classroom" I am assuming she's a teacher. Could she use/get one of those Rascals? Then she wouldn't have to stand in front of the class for seven hours.
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2004-04-06 11:02 pm (UTC)
So did they say why she was in agonizing pain in the first place? And what happened?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-04-07 02:31 am (UTC)
Nope, and nope. No clue.
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2004-04-06 11:43 pm (UTC)
It's so frustrating. I wish I was closer so I could do something to help.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-04-07 02:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, me, too.

:-/
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[User Picture]From: ayradyss
2004-04-07 02:09 am (UTC)
Have you tried looking up a physiatrist? They're MD's who specialize in pain management and control, sometimes they can find stuff that other docs aren't alert to...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-04-07 02:35 am (UTC)
I've never even heard of such a thing. Will have to investigate.
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[User Picture]From: ayradyss
2004-04-07 02:52 am (UTC)
You can read about 'em on the American Association of Physiatrists' web site - http://www.physiatry.org - and take a peek to see if there's one around at their 'find a physiatrist' page.
I've worked with some patients who had great relationships with their physiatrists. They're often more comfortable with finding the right pain medications for a person (often people who have a lot of allergies or tolerances or comorbid conditions) and with doing some diagnostic stuff that regular MD's don't.
Hope maybe that'll help...my mom's a teacher and I know how hard just her torn knee ligament was when she was standing all day.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-04-07 02:55 am (UTC)
Of course there isn't a single on in Montana.

Backwards? Why no, not at all.
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[User Picture]From: ayradyss
2004-04-07 03:01 am (UTC)
Augh, suck.

Sounds like they had her on a fentanyl patch at the hospital. Wish the insurance weren't such a wicked evil thing.
You and yours are in my thoughts - she should be getting rehab and outpatient referrals to a pain clinic if it's so bad, I don't care what the insurance says - and I'll see if anyone happens to have any other bright ideas about people or specialties to go to.

Insurance won't pay for it, but maybe she could try acupuncture if there's a certified one in Montana...it's not always that expensive.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-04-07 10:53 am (UTC)
It is among the things that she is thinking about. I think a few days of peace and reorientation will be the place to start.
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[User Picture]From: lilituc
2004-04-07 06:19 am (UTC)
A friend of mine swears by the Mayo clinic. She went there and didn't leave until they found out what was wrong with her (a week). She said the cost wasn't as much as you'd think, but this was a couple years ago.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-04-07 11:04 am (UTC)
We have to play wait-and-see for a day or two, and then if she gets worse ramp everything back up again. Thanks for the recommendation.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-04-07 11:05 am (UTC)
Neurology was the next step in the plan, then the insurance company spoke from on high. I have no idea what's next....
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