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We saw the vascular surgeon this morning and surgery will be scheduled for the week of July 13. They need to work with the hospital and the insurance company to get all the paperwork and approvals taken care of. When that is done they will call us with the date for surgery. Making progress.
The following is really for my records and may not be of interest to anyone else.
The surgeon came into the room and told us he was having problems with his computer loading Jim’s information. He sat down and asked Jim a lot of questions about his symptoms and how he ended up getting referred to a vascular surgeon. We walked him through the nightmare of doctor appointments and tests and told him that both Dr. Reuss and Dr. Ross had told us that Jim has a blockage in the artery in his right leg. We also discussed the surgery Jim had done on his left leg in 2012 and the large lump in his groin area that showed up after the surgery.
He then gave up on his computer and went out of the room to use a different computer. When he came back in, he told us that he doesn’t believe that Jim has a blockage. At this point I started to cry from frustration. He did apologize for the run around that we have had but tried to explain that cardiologists don’t understand femoral arteries and blockages. The cramping in Jim’s leg is not symptomatic of a blockage because it is in his upper leg and with a blockage the cramping would be in his calf.
He advised us that the lump on Jim’s left groin should be removed. He said if it was his Dad, he would remove it. We agreed with him although two other doctors had told us it was nothing to worry about. When Dr. Seigrist performs the surgery to remove the lump he will also do an angiogram down into Jim’s right leg. That will give us a definite answer on whether there is a blockage or not.
They will keep him overnight in the hospital. Don’t really know how long the recovery will be because it depends on what they find.
Once the surgeon determines whether or not there is a blockage, we will meet with him to discuss some reasons why Jim’s leg cramps when he walks.
So we are waiting once again but at least this time it is for a hospital room. Definitely progress.
We don’t have very many pretty sunsets this time of year but we had one the other night that was worth saving.