Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My Follow-up Doppler Ultrasound - Tuesday, Sept.28

Well on Friday, I went for a 3-month follow-up doppler ultrasound in Barrie, Ontario.  The technician there said she was trained in Italy by Dr. Zamboni.

I have had 3 of those scans so far and she is the first to scan so far up behind the ears, but she only did this on one side?? She scanned both laying down and sitting up. She mentioned that everything was normal.

I told her that I think that I blocked back up. She said that it just takes time and be patient. She used the analogy that it is like someone with strep throat. If someone goes and gets antibiotics as soon as symptoms appear, it will heal a lot faster. If someone waits to long then the healing process will take a lot longer. She said that it even took Dr. Zamboni's wife many, many months to start feeling all the benefits.

When I asked her why I got so many benefits the first five weeks and lost some of them, I think she said that having the angioplasty was a shock to the system. Not sure but the body is like on a high from the new increased flow. I asked her if she thought that finishing the drug Plavix had anything to do with it since I was on that for 5 weeks, she said no. It was probably just coincidence but I should continue taking baby aspirin! She said it was important to keep moving!
While I was in the waiting room I met a lady who had the liberation procedure done by the same doctors in Poland that I had.  She was from Newfoundland and was in Barrie for her 1-month follow-up.  She met the two couples that went there from my home town.  Talk about a small world!!!

One of these couples was in the Cornwall Newspaper last week and I was also mentioned as the first person with MS going to Poland from Cornwall.  In the article they mention that I can now walk with just my cane which is true for walking around inside the house, but I still don't feel very confident yet walking outdoors.  I still prefer walking holding on to someone's arm or using my scooter or walker.  Here is a link to the article  http://www.standard-freeholder.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2765581

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