In the library and I should be studying, but I’ve been wanting to update for a few weeks on how things have been going and what better time than when I need to be learning about stem cells and brains?
I am still a total failure at remember my antibiotics four times a day and even with the alarms set I have missed a few. Thankfully when I went to get my prescription refilled they gave me the name brand clindamycin. If anyone else has to be on these guys for any length of time and insurance will get it, TAKE THE NAME BRAND! For the 300 mg they are electric blue, not the pink and purple guys. Not only are the blue ones a little smaller, but the aftertaste I have been dealing with for a month is no longer an issue. I tried everything to get the taste out of my mouth from the generic. Also, one popped open in my throat and sent all that nasty bitter stuff right back in my mouth. So yeah, that’s that.
I was doing so well on my running everyday and have been walking all over town for class, but a few weeks ago my pelvis started bothering me again. Dating back to my first surgery (if you didn’t read or don’t remember) I fractured my inferior pubic ramus after clumsily trip/slip/landing down the stairs a few weeks before I was released to walk. Before this third surgery I was told that it had never healed all the way. Something that I kind of knew, but logic told me that you don’t bounce around feeling good with a fractured pelvis so I pretty much denied it. Also, just so you understand the major issue, based on all of the articles that I have read, pelvic fractures heal in 12 weeks maximum. Since it wasn’t bothering me, the ever lovely Dr. Z said not to worry about it. However, starting to run every day caused it to become a little more painful, which has made me worried. I called his nurse and she told me to stop exercising and take it easy and it would heal on its own. If this was 7 months ago I would totally agree, however I had 7 months of barely walking and that obviously did nothing. I am going to try to get into an orthopedic surgeon a little closer to home for a second opinion. It’s not that I can’t deal with the pain, it is actually nothing compared to the displasia. I would be happy with this level of pain for the rest of my life, but it concerns me that it won’t heal. In addition to that my scar tissue is still too sensitive to wear jeans over and there are some areas that I am concerned about. Based on past experience that makes me nervous, but since Zaltz is in Europe this week I will ask the other guy about this too. I want to make it really clear that I love my surgeon and he has changed my life in so many amazing ways that I will forever feel thankful for, but I do not think the severity of my hip problems should have ever led to 3+ surgeries.
So in addition to all of these hip related issues I am trying to get fixed, I have also decided to apply to public health schools for the upcoming fall. Yes I am waaay behind. It makes me super excited that I could actually see myself doing something other than becoming an MD, but that I will still have that option when I am done. I have a great mentor and friend helping me through all of this and I owe her everything. Some things are starting to fall into place for this to happen and I can’t help but believe that God is starting to reveal my path. But if my personal life is anything like my medical one (which it usually is), something big and obstructive will make its way into my path and I will end up living with my parents next year working in animal research. Is it too much to ask for a quiet little townhouse along the river for my cat, my new puppy and I to live and study in order to make the world a better place? Apparently. Who knows, maybe whoever reads my application will feel bad for me and let me in.
I’ll keep you up-to-date as always after I see this new doctor and after my trip to the infectious disease doctor this week.