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Week 2: Stage 3 Arthritis

Posted Oct 04 2009 11:13pm
If you follow my blog much at all you've noticed my undying love for Dr. Byrd and his staff at NSMOC. Today was my one week follow-up where I had stitches removed and my second PT appt. Dr. B's nurse Kay, who is an angel and treats me with great respect and compassion asked if I'd like to see the surgery report. Of course I was thrilled!! She even joked about my understanding the terminology:)

My sweet husband has done all he can to sheild me from the information regarding arthritis (Byrd gave him the bad news before I woke up from the scope). Turns out to be stage 3 which is pretty bad. Kay shrugged and said, "well it's not stage 4 at least". I burst out laughing. If there is a brightside I'll take it.

Arthritis is described in stages 1-4, with 4 being the worst. One would be a little blister, 4 requiring microfracture. She said that my labrum was torn so he performed debridement to clean it up but then had to peel it back to clean up the damaged cartlidge and then reattatched the labrum with disolvable anchors. I was happy to hear they did not use metal because I was concerned about future MRI needs. Turns out that's the reason they don't use metal.

So, what does this mean for the future? Uggh, wish I knew but I choose not to worry. I'm on a good road for recovery. I've had the priveledge of being treated by an excellent surgeon and his wonderful staff, and feel confident in the care and experience they will pour into my recovery. I'm working hard to protect this investment. PT was great today, felt great, no pain at all. I'm on cloud nine. But I realize there will be dark days peppering the bright (had one yesterday). And that's ok because that is the beauty of life.

Cheers to beating this thing!!

Vanessa:)
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