Jun 21, 2006

I need a new Neurologist

This has been a different week for me. Yesterday (Tue) and today (Wed) my therapists in physical therapy have been working me hard.  We have moved from strength to agility exercises and boy do they wear me out. They don’t necessarily tire my legs out, but since I have to move so fast, my lungs have a hard time keeping up! We move at a pretty rapid clip as we only have two hours to get everything done. Moving to this agility stuff shows me that I still have a very long way to go. Sometimes I feel kinda’ gimpy doing the stuff they ask of me. My right leg just moves slower, and even though I want my foot to end up in a certain place when I jump, it only does it about 25% of the time. This is pretty frustrating for me since I’m supposed to do the exercise a certain way, but I can’t move right. By the end of the session today, my right leg was just trembling with every movement – I think we asked too much of it or something. So, I went home, showered and just rested. Even after all that rest I was completely pooped when Holly and I had to run to the PX. In fact, I was getting so tired that I just wanted to get done and get back home. I guess the radiation is still working on me – the doctors said it would take some time for the effects to wear off.

I got some interesting news from Dr. Smart, my Rad/Onc over at NNMC. Apparently, the doctor that diagnosed me over at Andrews AFB, is on terminal leave and is leaving the military. So, he cannot begin my Medical Review Board (MRB) process. Now I have to talk to my new Primary Care Manager (PCM) at the Pentagon (who has no idea what’s up with me) and have them refer me to a Neurologist back at NNMC for follow-up care. And my new PCM will also have to start the MRB. I have not been able to score an appt with him though, so I’m going to have to wake up really early now and call at like 7am  to schedule one. It is good to know that I can stop trying to get answers from Andrews, at least. Now I can focus on moving forward.  Thanks to Dr. Smart for finally getting some answers for me… she’s awesome!

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