Today we met the Vascular Surgeon in Medford instead of having to go all the way to Wausau, which was a blessing for us to not have to drive as far as we have had to in order to see anyone. It seems the biopsy results were more favorable than we thought it was going to be. The purpose of the biopsy was to find out to what extent the Lupus was present in the foot and to help determine the course of action the Rhuematologist would take when we are finally able to get in to see him. What we found out instead is that the Lupus is hindering the healing process but the majority of the issue are the veins in my leg from my knee down which are causing the problems. So we don’t know how much the treatments for the Lupus will do for the foot issue, but we do know that a majority of the problem is more related to the veins. So continued time off my feet is what is going to be most beneficial at this time. Camp has graciously allowed me to be off my feet, and has found ways to utilize me other than in the kitchen. Disappointing to not be in the kitchen, yes. But we are so grateful for the love and support and flexibility that Camp has extended to us as we seek out a solution to the issues I have been experiencing.
Many have asked us if it takes so long to see the Rheumatologist in Wausau, WI, why not find another one to get in and see sooner? The answer is that unfortunately it isn’t that easy. Because of the nature of how specialized a Rheumatologist is and because I will be being seeing the same one every time the Lupus flares, we felt it best to find one that was good and one that was as close as possible. That best choice came in Wausau, Wisconsin. That and we would have had to wait the same amount of time to see any of the other possibles! We have come to realize that the first appointment with the Rheumatologist will last 2 to 4 hours depending on testing and reactions to different potential flare inducing stimulus. So hopefully that clarifies a similar question maybe you have had.