Putting all preconceived notions I might have had when I looked at this "young" doctor and thought of Doogie Howser, I listened intently to what he had to say.
After all, Doogie was a fine doctor, right?
He took a lot of time that day with us. He explained everything in as much detail as we could possibly absorb, including the fact that Medicare would not pay for HBOT while she was IN the hospital - it could only be done as an outpatient service, so we would have to wait until she was discharged. He patiently repeated everything he had left on the recorder.......more than once.
Seemed each time he was coming to a close another family member would stop in, and he would start over. He wanted us to understand. He wanted to help mom get better. He cared.
Why was I JUST NOW hearing about it? How serious was it?
What. Where. When. Why. Who. How.
I think that's all the "WH" questions I was told I should us in conversations in my junior high speech & language class.......not sure about the HOW. I can't remember for sure.
My brain is really wandering. That seems to happen a lot these days.
I need to get back on track. And, I needed more answers.
My heart sank as I sat in front of my computer researching this latest diagnosis.
This is really bad!
I wonder if the ID doctor is going to prescribe a one time a day IV antibiotic so I can take her home. I wonder when they will be able to start the HBOT. I wonder if it's going to help. I wonder if we've already waited to long. I wonder why they didn't tell us about the osteomyelitis. And, again, I am wondering if it's too late.
Life seems to be full of wonder, doesn't it?
Maybe the HBOT will cure her. Maybe, now that they "think" they know what's causing the her back pain, they can figure out what to do. Maybe she can get off some of the pain pills. Maybe life will get back to normal (whatever that is). Maybe this nightmare will be over soon.
Maybe. Maybe. Maybe?
Well, maybe, but you'll have to tune in again to find out.
I certainly am not powerful enough to know today what I will face tomorrow!