Well….the week is over and I can still move my pinky.
On my right hand. For a few more minutes. lol
But tomorrow is a holiday and Daddy is off for 3 whole days!!!
So life is looking up!
The praise report of the day is that Marcia was able to come home today!!! She has a lot more recovering to do but at least she can do it at home now! We are anxiously awaiting the pathology results but we are believing and hoping that it shows there are NO signs of cancer anywhere in her body!
Miss Ava had her tooth extracted today from her palate.
Another surgery sunrise to start the day off bright and early.
Ava was trying to be really brave. But honestly she is just done with surgeries.
The puppy jammies did help put a smile on her face though!
But then as it got time to take her back she got quiet and anxious. It breaks my heart every.single.time.
They took her back and Mama headed directly for the coffee shop. I was draggin’ big time today. Ava wet her bed last night, which she hasn’t done in AGES, so I think she was really anxious, but we both were up during the night and I was beat by 9:00.
Thankfully all went as planned and the tooth came out easily without opening up her fistula. They also filled 4 cavities while she was under. The whole surgery took about 2 hours which surprised me that it took that long.
And then they took me back to see her and she was M.A.D. She doesn’t come out of anesthesia easily. But thankfully the raging “only” lasted about 10 minutes. And then I could get through to her that if she can calm down we can go home and snuggle on the couch.
And that is where we were all afternoon…..my precious baby.
(Was thanking my boys for the wonderful new, comfy couch today!!!)
But then after 3 hours she woke up happy and wanted to eat…..
She only has to eat soft for about 24 hours….so not too bad. Her brothers are spoiling her with ice cream and milkshakes. But she couldn’t suck her thumb tonight so we will see if she ends up in bed with Mommy or not later!
I’m honestly DREADING her big surgery in October. But we are not going to dwell on it or think about it until then.
It is time to enjoy the SUMMER.
I also heard another bit of good news this week.
We got a letter from the external review of our case concerning Josie’s rehab stay!! They totally overturned United’s denial and ruled in our favor. Which means….that since they overturned United’s verdict Josie has now been approved for the ENTIRE 6 months of the rehab that she needs. I don’t have to keep doing re- authorizations! Praise God.
(You should read the verdict. It made me chuckle….but basically they say it is a total no-brainer that she should have been approved for this and they made that clear in the letter and chided United for not approving it.)
I knew that our case was sent to the external review but I didn’t do ANY follow up/send any of my “reasons” to them. I figured it was a closed case after I had my fair hearing decision with the judge. But the law says: “where the external review and the Fair Hearing decision are in conflict with one another, the decision that is most favorable to you is the one the health insurance company must abide by.”
So United MUST give us the approval per the external review decision.
Thanks be to God for fighting the battle for me.
We talk to Josie almost every day. She really sounds happy. Yesterday she said she had “an awesome fun day.” That made me happy. I guess there was a puppet show and the took the kids outside to do bowling. She is getting great PT everyday.
Speaking of PT.
That is where I’m headed 3x’s a week for 6 weeks.
But….right now it sounds like I won’t need surgery on my shoulder if I do this PT. But time will tell.
I had my MRI yesterday.
Holy Moly. That was rough. I’m a bit claustrophobic. Ok, maybe more then a bit.
But I FINISHED the test.
After I was done the guy pulled me out and asked me if I was claustrophobic. (I hadn’t told him anything) He said he could tell I was anxious. But he said, “You are just one those gals who just powers through aren’t you??”
I laughed and said, “Yeah, probably but I kept my eyes shut the whole time!” There was no way I would have made it if I would have opened my eyes. And LOUD. Wow. I never want to do that again.
But it was good that I had it done.
It showed that there is a grade 1 strain of the infraspinatus muscle, which is one of the rotator cuff muscles.
(NOT my MRI….but to show what a grade 1 strain of the infraspinatus looks like. Mine is more towards the outer edge of the infraspinatus muscle.) So if I don’t take care of this and try and get it strong then it could turn into a bigger issue down the road.
“The MRI also showed bone spurs in the glenohumeral (shoulder joint) and acromioclavicular joint, which is where the collar bone and shoulder blade meet above the shoulder joint itself which could be contributing to some inflammation of the bursa that lies between the two and also irritating some of the muscle tendons there.” (from my PT therapist)
- The acromioclavicular joint (AC Joint) is located where the clavicle glides along the acromion, which is at the highest point of the scapula. While the clavicle and acromion do not move a lot in relation to one another, the acromioclavicular joint facilitates raising the arm up over the head.
- The glenohumeral joint is where the head of the humerus nestles into a shallow socket of the scapula called the glenoid. This ball-and-socket construction allows for circular movement of the arm and is credited for the shoulder’s extreme flexibility.
But my PT therapist and the doctor think that with some intensive PT the shoulder will be stronger and I can avoid surgery. But I don’t see how I will be able to get ROM back with the bone spurs. But I will give it a solid shot and then we will re-evaluate in 6 weeks.
I can pretty much can guarantee you that I won’t be seeing the sunrise tomorrow morning!
And thanks to those who saw my SOS FB request for prayer today. I felt them and appreciated the support and love so much! <3