I just got back home from the appointment with the orthopedic specialist. (For anyone not up to date, I have major coccygodynia problems)WOO-HOO! They're going to FIX the problem!
They were efficient at getting me in. The nurse had clearly read the forms I'd filled out and the extra stuff I'd typed up detailing the pain, the history, and all that. She looked at the xray and said yeah, there's the problem. The doctor came in, talked to me about the pain and where it was, took a look at the x-rays I'd brought, and said "Oh, that's going to have to come out." He did a rectal exam, which was well, pretty unpleasant, but such is life.
I went in expecting I'd probably have to convince the doctor that yes, I was a good candidate for this surgery, I'd read up on it and here were these info papers I had on it and here was why I fit the profile. Whoa. I'm getting the surgery!
They offered a first date of Sept. 21st, but that would have totally trashed FenCon. I wish I could have gotten this done earlier and been recovered by then, but oh well, too late for that. So it looks like Oct. 12th is the likely date. They'll be clearing things with insurance and calling me to set it up.
The tough part is going to be recovery from the surgery. This is NOT something you just bounce back from. Once I do recover from it, life will be much better in the long run. But the short term is going to be problematic. selenite
is concerned about me trying to do too much too soon and aggravating things and making the recovery a lot harder. He's threatening to record a message about it and make my PC play it every couple of hours. I'm all for taking it easy and making sure I recover properly. BUT - I have this 24/7 job that can't be set aside. Two small children. I was hoping that bkseiver
(my mom) could come out and help for a while. She says she has Eastern Star stuff a few days after my surgery, and then is planning to help with a church fair in November, so it doesn't sound likely. I'm not sure yet what we're going to do. But we have to get this fixed. It's really dominating my life these days. And of course, all that pain is because the dislocated joints are causing tissue damage, the sooner that's cleared up the better.
This is going to be serious surgery, but I think it will really make things better. And I owe major thanks to technomom
, who sent me to the www.coccyx.org site, that told me about this surgery and had the referral list of doctors that I found this specialist on.
Oh, and I feel MAJOR vindictive pleasure and a mad HAH! at the stupid previous specialist, who wouldn't listen to me and wouldn't look at the X-rays but insisted that I had a lumbar disc problem. HAH.