Saturday, February 27, 2016
I've got a date
My surgical date is set for March 30th, a month out; at the end of the current term, and just before the next vacation break, allowing me to finish the current term and have a 3 week recovery period before returning to work.
I am actively planning ahead:
-Mail surgical and medical leave letter to Human Resources
-Order and pick up narcotics
-Get PT script and schedule after surgery PT sessions
-Get Rehab center paperwork
-Make an appointment for another EMG http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/electroconvulsive-therapy/basics/what-you-can-expect/prc-20014183
-schedule a follow up with the orthopedist after the EMG is done
-fill out and submit Rehab paperwork
-stock take and do April meal plans
I have 3 issues that the orthopedist needs to address, but we are thinking a "maybe" on the third. The hardware from last year's fall is being removed as well as what we are calling a cyst on the backside of my upper arm. I have ulnar nerve issues, this cyst may* be the reason for it.
The third procedure is to do a cubital tunnel release (aka "carpal tunnel of the elbow") http://www.assh.org/handcare/hand-arm-conditions/cubital-tunnel. The issues for a delay would be the cyst may be the culprit, I'd need to be repositioned during surgery after the hardware removal is completed, being under so long. I'm Ok with just doing the first 2 procedures and returning in June/July for the third, if it proves to be necessary.
Having met my medical deductible, timing is important. Interestingly, the new surgical center remains not in plan with my insurance company BUT the MD's are. Previously, they waived the 20% out of network charges, accepting just what insurance paid. The MD's secretary said that they can do this again. I need to hear this from financial services department. I already have medical debt that I am paying off and if my remaining 12 PT visits prove to not be sufficient, I will once again have large bills.
Too many what ifs right now, so I am downsizing, remaining fluid.