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Long Day at HSS

I manage to survive all three of my appointments yesterday somehow.

First up was my OS for the six weeks on the left hip and six months on the right hip. He was happy with where I was with both and said to worry about the motion but focus on the strengthening. When I asked for a cortisone injection in my left knee he said okay, but at first he said that he thought the pain in the left knee was probably referred pain from the hip, but after he examined it he did notice fluid. I also ask for a prescription for a home TENS unit, so that is being ordered as well now. My last question for the OS was when can I start horseback riding again? In 6-8 weeks (at 3 months post-op) I can start riding a little but no jumping, and I can ride without restrictions at 4-6 months post op.

The rheumatologist appointment was not exciting, I may eventually get an MRI on my left knee but not for a while since I just had a cortisone injection. We aren't changing any meds or anything. I was not totally happy with this appointment because I do not want to be having the same knee problems in a few months. I am 17 and this is my second cortisone injection into that knee, which isn't terrible since they were two years apart but I don't want to continue at this rate either, and PT in clearly not enough.

My last appointment of the day was PT, my last PT appointment before I leave for college. I have been seeing the same PT was two years and he has been amazing and has gone out of his way to accommodate me more than once, I am really going to miss him.

I also have been trying to set up all my medical care in Philadelphia. By some stroke of luck in September my OS is opening an office in Philly and will be seeing patients there four times a month, so no need to worry about that. I called the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to set up appointments with a opthamologist and rheumatologist there. I managed to get through to the ophthalmology department and the uveitis clinic will probably call me on Monday to set up an appointment. I called to late to get to the arthritis clinic because they close an hour earlier but I have the number for it so I will call on Monday. As far as PT goes I found a place that will treat me on campus except for the initial visit, so I will probably go with them.

I will be on vacation next week so I may not post.

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