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The HO was (hopefully) a False Positive.. And Some Random Thoughts

When I was first admitted to Mount Sinai, Dr. Stein‘s initial exam revealed limited flexion in my hips.  The left was observed to be worse than the right, but both were suspected.  I was sent for a bone scan and when the results were in,  Dr. Stein indicated that from what was observed on the bone scan it was believed that I had Heterotopic Ossification of the hip (or just HO for short).  Basically, bone was forming in my hip where it shouldn’t be.

I was put on Etidronate to attempt to slow or halt the HO, and then several weeks later I would be X-rayed to see if the formation had continued to the point where it was visible on a regular X-ray.  The hope would be that nothing would show up on the X-ray – this would suggest that progression of the HO had been retarded.  But the expectation was that something would be visible on the X-ray.

Well fortunately for me, nothing showed up.  At all.  Dr. Stein seemed encouraged, and indicated another set of X-rays would be taken in another several weeks.  Those X-rays were taken last week, and again nothing appeared.  I was taken off the Etidronate last week (which is good, since it was irritating my esophagus), and Dr. Stein has indicated he believes the initial bone scan was a false positive.  Yes!!  He wants to do another set of X-rays just before I leave, for precautionary measures, but he again seems confident that things are in the clear.  Which is good, since I really didn’t want my hips to form a ton of bone were they shouldn’t.  It would make walking quite hard in the future.

Today while sitting in the Guggenheim Atrium (the Times seems to like it) chatting with a few other SCI patients, I saw the derm resident from Friday’s incident walk by.  I think she saw me, as she looked over several times.  Now, I doubt she realized they never came back to explain their suspicions.  But I was SO tempted to chase her down and ask why they never returned, why they never explained what they suspected, why they were putting me on the specific meds they did, or why they did not show proper respect to a patient.

But I decided to wait until I find the attending.  Yelling at a resident is nothing special, but getting to point out a mistake made by an attending is something that I won’t be able to do for a decade come the start of medical school.  So why not enjoy the fun while I can?  :)

I was watching a repeat of House, M.D. tonight and I noticed one of the hospital beds.  It was the same type of bed as they have at Mount Sinai, by Hill-Rom.  The odd part was, I saw it and my thoughts were, “that’s the same kind of bed I’ve lived in for two months.”  It made me realize how much all the parts of hospital life have crept into what is accepted as “daily life” for me at this point.  Leaving is going to be very weird.

I hope that once I’m out, I don’t constantly notice random things and have them remind me of my time in rehab.  But I am fairly certain it will happen for a while.

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