Posted by: craig | April 28, 2008

Day 4 - First Orthopedic appt and MRI

I met with the doctor recommended from the PT clinic today.  I was comfortable with his diagnosis and methodology.  He confirmed that I had an ATR (indent in my ankle plus lack of movement in my foot when he massaged the back of my ankle).  He was scheduled for surgery the next day and gave me the option of getting in as his last procedure of the day, or waiting for another week.  I told him to sign me up for the next day.  At this point, I had accepted my fate and was anxious to move forward with recovery.  He said that he wanted me to get an MRI before the surgery, so my wife and I had to rush to the only available appt about 30 minutes away.  (We had ~45 minutes to get there, and had to make a 5 minute stop at home which was about 5 minutes away from the doctor office.)

I’ve had an MRI on my knee before, so I knew what to expect, but this time was a bit more difficult.  Relieved that I had finally finished the 20-30 minute session, the operator (is this a radiologist?) told me that I had moved a bit during the final two scans, so I needed to redo them.  Not more than 2 minutes into the “redo”, I had to buzz the operator.  “Sorry, I can feel my right foot sliding, but I can’t do anything to stop it.”  She used scotch tape to hold it in place, and complete the MRI.

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