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2007 is finally over!

January 6, 2008

Wow, what a year! Here is a rundown of what 2007 had in store for me. I had torn some cartilage in my knee in late 2006 so Amy and I decided to make 2007 a year to have some medical issues fixed.  I knew I needed to have my knee scoped so we decided to pay our deductible on the knee surgery and have ankle surgery later in the year.  As many of you know, my ankle has always been the biggest issue medically for me anyway. As it turned out, I got more than I bargained for!

I scheduled the knee surgery in the middle of March and everything went well.  When I woke up from anesthesia I had the hiccups.  Problem was, they never went away!  I spent the next 2 days in ever increasing pain as the air in my chest continued to build.  I finally went to the doctor and he prescribed me something for the hiccups and an appointment with a gastroenterologist to look at my stomach.  I scheduled an EGD which is a procedure where they feed a tube/camera down your throat to take a look at your stomach.  He diagnosed me with acid reflux and put me on medication.  I have always had weird stomach problems and nausea and it does seem to have helped.

After recovering from knee surgery and with my stomach feeling better Amy persuaded me to have a lump looked at that she had noticed on the back of my head.  I ended up having to go see an ENT specialist and he diagnosed it as a lipoma which is basically a benign fatty tissue tumor that had developed.  Another surgery to have it removed!  Luckily, I had no complications this time after waking up from anesthesia.

By this time it was late October and I wasn’t necessarily looking forward to rushing in for another surgery.  I decided to wait until after Thanksgiving before I called to schedule an appointment to have my ankle looked at by a surgeon. Keep in mind that I had to have the operation in 2007 since I had already covered my insurance deductible for the year.  The surgeon looked at my ankle and said he would like to refer me to the ankle specialist in his practice.  When I said to him that I was on a tight schedule he said, “There is no way you are going to be able to have this surgery by the end of the year.”  I saw him look at Amy when he said it, and I knew her face just dropped!  They left the room to schedule an appointment with the ankle surgeon and came back in saying they hadn’t called back yet and told me they would call me.  Amy and I were totally deflated.  I got in the car as I was driving back to work my cell phone rang and they said that the ankle surgeon had an opening the first appointment the next morning.  Wow, God is good! I told them I would be there.

The next morning I went to my appointment with renewed enthusiasm still holding out hope that I would be able to squeeze this surgery in by the end of the year.  The surgeon came in and just as I thought said he could go in and repair the injury.  I told him my scheduling situation and he said, “Sure, I save all of my December surgery dates for situations just like this.”  I was elated.  He had two dates available, the Monday before Christmas and the Monday after Christmas.  I took the Monday after Christmas which happened to be New Years Eve. I know I procrastinate about everything, but this was pushing it close.  The one thing I wanted to have done in 2007 was being done on the very last day of the year.

 We were looking forward to a great Christmas with family and friends as Amy and I prepared for the upcoming surgery.  The week before Christmas I had started developing a toothache.  It only got worse and worse, so I scheduled an appointment with a dentist.  He looked at it as said, “Oh, this needs to be looked at by an Oral Surgeon.”  Nice, another surgery!  Sure enough I had to have 2 wisdom teeth pulled on the day after Christmas, only 5 days prior to going in to have my ankle operated on.

After having to return to the oral surgeon to have one of the holes in my mouth packed, I headed off to have my ankle cut open.  It was New Years Eve and what a way to top off the year!  The surgery went fine and I headed home feeling fine since they numbed everything from my knee down.  As the nerve block wore off the pain was increasing.  The next several days were bad as the pain was intense, but it is much better now.

So…

  • arthroscopic knee surgery
  • EGD
  • lipoma removal
  • oral surgery
  • ankle reconstruction

Five procedures, all with general anesthesia.  My prayer for 2008 is no more medical procedures! Of course, I will have a lengthy recovery with the ankle, but after living with a bum ankle for 15 years I am fine with living through the temporary inconvenience.

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