I started getting results back yesterday afternoon from Ryan’s trip to Reston hospital the prior day. One good. One okay. One bad. Dr. Hinkle (Ryan’s eye doctor) visited earlier in the day. This exam found some items that need addressing.
Here’s what’s in so far:
- Doppler Scan. This is an ultrasound of Ryan’s limbs. The purpose is to search for blood clots that are either attached to the veins or (much worse) floating in the blood stream. Ryan is clear of any clots.
- Dexascan. This measures bone density. Ryan is not showing any signs of osteoporosis. He does have osteopenia. This means his bone density is below the normal range. I suppose I was expecting this, but now I have a name to call it. Nutritionally, I’ll continue with supplemental calcium and vitamin D. Therapeutically, the ActivCycle, standing frame, CPM, and ranging should continue to help him regain density.
- Forearm x-Ray. This was not good. Not good at all. His radius (the smaller of the two forearm bones) has joined. The ulna has a “non-union”. Simple put, it never healed completely. I had a strong feeling this was the case and am happy we followed-up with an x-Ray to confirm it. The next step is to get him in to an orthopedic doctor. I expect Ryan will need it reset and screwed it in place. This really has me angry. You might remember all the fuss I was making about this early on. Turns out, I was right. Believe me, there is no satisfaction in being so.
- Eyes. Doctor Hinkle is simply the best. When he found an abrasion in each eye, I knew before he even told me. I could see the empathy in his face. He was hurting. Mind you, this is not a major concern (yet). We just need to get ahead of it and get Ryan’s eyes healed. Dr. Hinkle modified the treatment plan slightly to include antibiotic gel every six hours. Then, late that same evening, he called me to see how Ryan and I were doing. He told me he was having a difficult time all day from seeing both Ryan and me cope. What I didn’t tell him is I already knew he was sad.