Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Another Day, Another Doctor's Appointment

I went for another follow-up today. The doctor said the swelling is about 99% better than any other patient he'd seen with the surgery. (Swelling is a major problem with foot surgery, as the blood can just flow and pool down there). I told him I was elevating it as told, and using a foam wedge.

"What do you mean?"

"Those things you get for GERD, a wedge. I figured it would elevate my feet without putting strain on my knees like if I just used pillows."

So he called in another doctor to look at my foot. They both agreed it looked great. So he asked about the wedge more.

"It goes from about here," I said, pointing to my hip, "to my foot, a gradual incline so I don't put stress on my joints."

"That's the problem with pillows," the other doctor said, "It puts stress on the joints."

"And people kick them off," my doctor said. "Most patients don't elevate their feet at night because of this. Dr. - go look up these foam wedges, we have to start selling them as foot wedges."

"And you're going to reccommend them to other patients?" I asked.

"No, I'm going to make them mandatory from now on. Every patient should have them after surgery."

I feel like a dork. I assumed he knew about the foam wedges for the bed. He asked more questions about it, and thought it was wonderful. Now he's going to buy them and resell them to his patients (probably having the insurance pay for it) and make even more money and from my idea which I assumed was common sense - if you have to put your foot up, use a gradual incline. He'd been having his patients use pillows. That's it, I'm asking for a cut of the profits.

On the plus side, my idea is going to help others heal better and in a more comfortable manner. In the end, I don't think this surgery was nearly as bad as it could be. Granted, it's not over yet and still hurts, but more from the crutches than anything else. Though the physical therapy will be a bitch I'm sure.

6 comments:

Amel's Realm said...

I've never heard of form wedges...and it's unnerving to hear that even in Indo, some doctors care more about getting more money than about their patients. But you're right, though...your idea WILL help other patients. ;-D

I'm glad to hear that you're healing fast, Vic! And I know what you mean about the physical therapy. My Mom went through physical therapy when her knee was painful last year...turned out that she didn't need it at all. In fact, she should have just bought herself supplements for joints (wrong diagnosis). Yikes!!!

GOOD LUCK in healing still...step by step!!! ;-))))

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Glad to hear you are healing well Victorya. Best, Fish

Hammer said...

Glad you are doing ok.

My wife had one of those foam things when she broke her arm. It made her claustrophbic.

Amel's Realm said...

Hi again, Vic!!!

Just dropping by to say hi. Hope you're going to have a lovely weekend no matter what. ;-D

Soon I'm going to watch a movie while hubby's playing a computer game ha ha...

Take care out thereeee!!!!

Amel's Realm said...

Happy Sunday, Vic!

It's -19'C outside he he he he...so I'm glad I can stay home. ;-D

Take care and may Christmas spirit fill you up with joy and hope!

((((HUGS))))

Amel's Realm said...

Hi, Vic!

How RU feeling today? Have you started the physical therapy? Hope you keep on improving, OK?

Soon I have to go to a store to buy a pot for my flowers he he he...;-D My Christmas cactus. We won't put up a X-mas tree but at least I still have a X-mas cactus ha ha ha...

Take care, dear Vic, and get well soon!!!

((((HUGS))))