I spent the morning at Mayo, getting registered, having an x-ray done, and meeting with the orthopedic specialist. I immediately felt as though I were in good hands. When we finished our meeting, he looked me in the eye and said, “We’ll get to the bottom of this.”
Well. I’d been holding back tears all day, but that did it. Finally, I felt like someone was listening to me and was truly on my side. He suspects something systemic is causing all the inflammation. It may be indicative of an infection. There are other things that cannot be ruled out, though. Even though my rheumatory panels came back negative, twice, he still wants me to meet with their Rheumatologist next Tuesday. I will also be coming back to meet with this doctor next Tuesday also to follow up on tests performed today.
He ordered more blood work. Yesterday, it took 2 clinics and 4 needle sticks to get a vial and a half out of me. Today it took 2 nurses and 3 more sticks to get 6 vials. I think it would have been easier to just punch me in the face to extract blood. I look like a drug addict, what with all the bruising and holes on my arms. Coupled with my leg brace and wrist and elbow guards, people are giving me a rather wide berth.
The doctors got a full medical run-down on me. When asked if I’d had any noticeable accidents to set all of this in motion, Fiddledaddy piped up with, “Well, she did fall down at a party last year and landed on her knee. But she’s not sure which knee.”
My head whipped around to him. The atmosphere in the room was most somber or I would have added, IT WAS NOT A PARTY, IT WAS A FUND RAISER. FOR CANCER.
Made me sound like a drunk. And for the record, I was not drinking at the FUND RAISER. For CANCER.
I go back to have fluid taken out of my knee to be biopsied. Another needled. A REALLY BIG ELEPHANT NEEDLE. I’m going to ask for an epidural, but I know the answer will be negative.
Answers are not coming quickly. But I feel certain they are coming. I know I’m in good hands here at the Mayo Clinic.
Again, thank you all for your prayers.