So – I went to the doctor and the doctor said, “no more monkey’s jumping on the bed.”
Sorry – whenever I start with “went to the doctor and the doctor said” – the child’s song goes through my head.
So – I went to the doctor and he said…
According to the Ottawa Ankle Bone Injury Rules…of which I had never heard…doctors have decided that if a basketball player can walk off the court, there will be no x-ray and, by not doing this x-ray, they have cut the cost of such treatments by 54%.
So, as the likelihood is that it is not broken…why waste funds doing the x-ray? So, my doctor did not feel an x-ray was necessary – I was able to walk/hobble.
I stayed off it as much as possible, favored the left leg, and avoided steps…which are agony.
The doctor said I could even drive, though I pointed out that I really did not feel that I could. He suggested that if I wanted to be over-cautious, that was fine but I really don’t think I was being over-cautious…or even cautious. I am still not sure that I have the ability to press the gas, never mind the break, adequately enough not to make a nuisance of myself, or worse. No, I do not have full mobility of my ankle but it is getting better.
Now, several days later, much of the sides of the foot are black and blue (the ankle is yellowish) and I am able to walk upstairs like a normal person and not a 2-year-old. I still feel pressure when my leg is not elevated, but I have again mastered general walking and going upstairs.
Downstairs, well that’s another day and another story but the hobble is now definitely a walk and I’m pretty sure I’d be in a lot more pain if the ankle were broken.
No, I’m not impressed with Ottawa – because the goal of medical care should be to do what is best for the patient. Had the results indicated a 54% cut in radiation, I might have been sold on the idea of waiting but the source I found focused on the monetary benefits and not the medical ones.
Should I have had an x-ray? I guess Ottawa won out and I didn’t need one.