The day after

I slept pretty good the night of injury, and wasn’t in too much pain when I woke up.  I called my doctor hoping they can just refer me to a specialist without me actually going in.  Yeah right.  They said I had to come in for an actual appointment.  So a couple hours later, I arrive at my doctor’s office and gives her the papers I received from the hospital the night before.  She did the routine checks (blood pressure, height, weight, etc..), and then asked me the same questions I was asked in the emergency room.  The paper I had given her already had my diagnosis and x-rays on them, so she knew what the deal was.  It was kind of frustrating to me that I had to go to the doctor, pay the co-pay, just for her to tell me “yup, you tore your left Achilles tendon.” DUH.

My frustration increased when they told me that I could not be scheduled to see a specialist until April 29th.  That’s almost two weeks, and this meeting with the specialist is only a consultation.  So as of right now, I still don’t know when my surgery will be, hopefully shortly after the consultation.

3 Responses to “The day after”

  1. Darius - As you know, the sooner you are able to have surgery done, the better it’ll be for you.

    I know that you are probably doing your best, and I don’t know the exact situation with your health insurance, but I would contact all orthopedic surgeons in your area to find someone who will take your insurance, is very experienced in ATR surgery, and is able to get you to the operating room as soon as possible.

    My surgery was about 3 days after the rupture, and I think it’s typical that it’s usually within 1-2 week mark.

    Of course, I am not a doctor, and I am only speaking from my experiences as well as reading about some of the other ATR folks’ experiences here.

    I hope they can get you to surgery soon. Keep us posted.

  2. dmace - are you in the US or elsewhere?

  3. US. Chicago

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