I started off my morning having my van jump started at 6:30 AM due to an ongoing battery problem.... (check van problems in previous post) fortunately I have a super deluxe battery charger/starter from Sears now. So Beth and I were off to Oakland to see my urologist. It turns out she has no idea why my catheters are turning purple either. She ordered a Cystoscopy which needs to be scheduled for the operating room, her assistant will get back with me on that date....
While I was there I met a PMR (physical medicine and rehabilitation) Dr., Doctor Lieberman who happens to have a spinal cord injury. It was so refreshing to have a Dr. Wheel into the room in a power chair, wearing similar hand braces, who knew exactly what was going on with my condition. You would be surprised at how many times a Physician asked me to squeeze their hands after I explain my injury level. I'm sure other programs have doctors with disabilities, but it was very refreshing to see a PMR Dr. With a spinal cord injury.
After that exam I drove my wheelchair over to CAT, the center for assistive technology at UPMC for a new wheelchair evaluation. I thought I would start the process since my wheelchair is six years old already. I expect it will take a few months to go through the insurance process, letter writing campaign before I take delivery. Because of the new insurance regulations it's much more difficult to get the type of advanced technology in a wheelchair that I require, paid for without a fight.
So after being poked and prodded most of the day it's time to relax with a cup of hot tea and watch the news. I have some exciting news about a new author but that will have to wait for another blog.