Robert got into see the Orthopedic Doc today. Thank goodness we got a good explanation of what was going on from the PA before Dr. Arrogant came in. The PA explained that Robert is in excruciating pain due to the degeneration of the bone marrow in the ball at the top of the femur that fits into the hip joint. They believe one of 2 things is happening. There is no quick fix. The radiologist think he is suffering from Transient Oteoporosis of the hip. Dr. Arrogant "doubts" that, as he has not seen one case in a man in 10 years. (And if HE hasn't seen it, GOD FORBID it happen) In that case the bone marrow is degenerating and is self limiting. the less he bears weight on it the more it will heal. So he has been limited to no weight bearing for 8 weeks. At that time they will repeat the MRI in order to see if there is a change in the look of the degeneration. If at that time they see a difference in the surface of the ball or if the bone has begun to collapse on itself, we will have to do a hip replacement.
The other option eliminates the osteoporosis and goes straight to the collapsing. In that case it is a case of avascular necrosis. The bone marrow is dying and will not replace itself with time. It will get worse and he will have to have a hip replacement.
Either way, we wait for 8 weeks minimum. I just made a reservation for a swanky hotel in D.C. for our spring break trip 2 nights ago. I called and cancelled that today. No trips this Spring Break. I considered taking the littles to visit my mom in Florida while she is on vacation and decided against it.
So, we went to the DMV for a handicapped plackard, we went to get a walker and Dr. A. wanted Robert to get a wheelchair for home use so he would bear NO weight at all. In true insurance company fashion, it takes 8 weeks to get prior authorization for a wheel chair. I will remember for the future, if I think I may have an injury I will attempt to get prior authorization before the injury even occurs. Good to know. I also brought a twin bed down from the attic and downstairs (alone mind you) so that Robert can sleep downstairs. He is not allowed to go upstairs for 8 weeks. Oh my Lord, I am getting overwhelmed just telling you about it.
So it seems that my fear of him never being the same was slightly warranted. He may be fixed, it will just take some time. He may have lots of pain for 6 months to a year. He may be mobility limited for many months. Dustin will continue to push my buttons since his routine is going to be severely altered. I am not looking forward to this. But most of all, I want Robert to be pain free.
Good times. Good times.
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