FEB 22, 18 .. ODD MEDICAL NEWS .. WELL .. ODD TO ME

I got started on all of this medical news / and updates and find myself ‘owing’ those of you following along these updates. I sort of wish that I had not even begun this process. Oh well. Here we go loop-de-loop again with an update.

Thursday the 22nd of February 2018

Cap’s news :

Last Tuesday the 20th, I had three vertigo oriented appointments / and procedures here at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.

The below link states that from 2% to 3% of Hospital Emergency Room (ER) visits are vertigo related.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vertigo

Yesterday I had a meeting with a Mayo Doctor to discuss the results of the Tuesday vertigo apppointments.

Up until yesterday, I (mistakenly) thought that vertigo was the exclusive province of the ears. I was in the ER back on December 12, 2012, in Lafayette, Louisiana, my first really serious vertigo experience. During that experience I was under the impression the vertigo problem centered in my ears. Looking back, this was odd thinking because when I was in the ER in Lafayette, LA, they did a brain scan among other non-ear-related tests.

Yesterday I was told two things.

  1. Based upon the ear-oriented testing conducted Tuesday, my vertigo is NOT associated with my ears and their hairs and crystals that account for our internal balance-mechanism.
  2. That I needed to make an appointment with an Internal Medicine doctor to explore my vertigo related symptoms more fully because vertigo may be caused by other internal factors.

This was not particularly good news for yours truly. I don’t need nor do I want to go off on some medical witch-hunt seeking answers far more complex than mere ear problems.

However, by some act-of-God, or an act-of Mayo-Medical-grace, this Friday (aka tomorrow the 23rd) I have an appointment with an Internal Medicine doctor to further explore this ‘bothersome’ issue.

None of you non-Mayo-patients can fully appreciate the fact that you get into the Mayo system by an act of grace or via an offical recommendation from your own doctor and NOT by merely showing up, unannounced, at one of the Mayo Clinics saying, “Help me with my medical issues.”

Only because in November of 2016, when I was admitted with my broken hip and a serious internal infection that required me to be seen by Internal Medicine Mayo doctors, can I now see one again.

Updates to follow.

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Patti’s news.

Patti has had back / spinal issues for some many years now. Because I entered into the Mayo system back in the Autumn of 1988 (this event had to be an Act-Of-God itself) and re-entered it in Novemer 2016 with my broken hip, I am a firmly planted Mayo patient. Then my Mayo doctor accepted Patti into his practice, so now Patti herself is a formal Mayo patient.

You want some good Karma? The above is some very good Karma!

Without going into details (quite amazing details) Patti is now seeing (as of yesterday when this small miracle happened on-the-spot during one of my own visits to physical therapy back in January of 2017) her own physial therapist for her back /spinal related symptoms. In fact at 9:30AM yesterday, Wednesday the 21st, Patti was told the following : “We can get you into physical therapy this upcoming April 2018.”

The God-of-Mayo (who else) intervened and in fact :

Yesterday, at 12 o’clock noontime, a few hours after being told, “We will see you next April.”, Patti had a hands-on, one hour appointment with a physical therapist! Further, Patti now has four or five future weekly appointments with her physical therapist.

Patti and I feel that some of my own Karma is rubbing off on her.

Enough for now.

Enough?

Did I just write Enough for now? Far too much for now but .. you get the idea .. we ‘owe’ you some updates.

Cap and Patti


FEB 21, 2018 .. THE GRIND CONTINUES TO GRIND ON ..

Gullible will be happy to read the following reality-check.

We have lost internet contact here in our Phoenix Motel. It has been off again / on again for only minutes at a time / and right back (frustratingly) off again.

Today’s Rhetorical Question : Does the loss of internet access mean that God wants me to take-a-break here and to stop posting daily posts?

Answer : God cares less!

Besides, I did NOT pray to God to have the internet service re-established.

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Monday, Tuesday, TODAY, Wednesday the 21st of February, it has been Mayo Clinic appointments.

Monday the 19th was a BIG day. Patti and I saw the surgeon who performed my left hip replacement on December the 1st, 2016. All looks swell after one year and counting. He said, “We’ll take a look-see in five years.”

I asked him (my orthopedic surgeon) IF he would recommend me for a vertigo asssessment.

This absolutely, positively amazing doctor literally ‘snapped-his-fingers’ and ?

Tuesday (yesterday) the 20th, I had (count them) three (3) vertigo assessment appointments  here at the Mayo Clinic.

6:30AM Leave our motel. 7:20AM Arrive Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, Arizona.

7:30AM Check In.

8:00AM One procedure.

8:30AM A second procedure.

8:45AM An assessment evaluation.

Prior to the vertigo appointments I was told to (1) fast with (2) no water and (3) no medications.

“Why?” this fasting regimen I asked. “Because the testing we will do may make you get sick and even throw up.”

Neat huh?

I did NOT get sick nor throw up.

They said this could be because my vertigo attacks are so severe that the ‘mere’ procedures they did were nothing to my body compared to my actual vertigo attacks. That is to say, my body just dismissed their (my body thought feeble) efforts to induce dizzyness.

My orthopdic surgeon is also Patti’s surgeon here at Mayo and is working with Patti to get Patti some relief from her spinal issues  / pain discomfort.

Wednesday the 21st 

7:00AM Leave our motel. It is a shorter drive to Phoenix Mayo.

7:45AM Check in.

8:00AM Vertigo consultation.

Meanwhile Patti is waiting for word on her own spinal physical therapy regimen to begin.

Wednesday the 27th

My male osteoporosis consultation to evaluate one full year of medication treatment with Residronate and mineral supplements.

Over and OUT for now.

Still Smiling ..

Why?

Because we have so very much to smile about!

Mixed into our schedule have been two days visiting with a great friend of ours, Jean from Anchorage, who was at the Ladies Conference with Patti. We enjoyed two very nice evening meals together. We did some nice driving around. We attended a great meeting we three and Patti and Jean were honored to have been asked to share at the meeting.

Cap and Patti