About three weeks ago I noticed that the tips of my toes were bright red, and very swollen. (This same thing happened to me last winter too, but I thought it was just stress. Silly girl!) So I went to a podiatrist to get my tootsies checked out. The podiatrist diagnosed me with Raynaud's Disease. (I won't go into detail about it. If you want you can Google and be OVERWHELMED by all the information on it.)
So the podiatrist sent me to see a vascular surgeon. The vascular surgeon didn't like the color of my toes. (By now the swelling had gone down, and they were a funny shade of purplish-blue.) He wanted to check out the blood supply, and the sources of where that blood flows from.
So the vascular surgeon sent me to see a cardiologist. The cardiologist didn't like the color in the toes, now just a slight shade of blue on the top, as well as the shade of my fingernail beds, which have always been purple. (My whole life I've had purple fingernails, and never thought anything of it. Silly girl yet again!) He wants to do an eco-gram, and an ultra-sound on the arteries in my arms and legs. That's being done this afternoon.
Meanwhile, during all these super fun doctor's visits, I saw yet another doctor, a primary care physician, to get my blood work done and check my cholesterol, blood sugar, ect. My numbers came back and guess what... I'm completely healthy! (YES! Finally something my body is going right!)
I also met with my orthopedic surgeon because my plate is still lifting up, pulling on my skin, AND I have another string pushing through my skin. The good news, my bone is finally in one piece! The not so good news, I have to go back to my plastic surgeon this coming week, and most likely get another tissue placement. And then after that heals, in March I'll go in and get the plate taken out. (Hooray!)
All these doctors within two weeks of each other. Lets list them:
- Primary Care Physician
- Vascular Surgeon
- Orthopedic Surgeon
- Plastic Surgeon