Torn rotator cuff - complete tear. Most likely requiring surgery.
Rick has an appointment with Dr. Devinney on 9/5 in Sulphur Springs. We will find out then (hopefully) if there is to be surgery, and when, where.
Dr. Cutrell said that if Rick were having surgery today that he wouldn't be allowed to be considered for release back to work until at least October 31. He isn't having surgery today ... so the time gets pushed out. Forms have been filled out and will be filed today for October 31, but with the option to change that date after seeing Dr. Devinney.
Rick is having quite a bit of pain with this shoulder - has had ever since the MRI. He can't keep it totally immobilized before surgery because of the increased risk of a "frozen shoulder" - but it is difficult to move it only "pain free".
Next appointment with Dr. Tobin is scheduled for September 17 - a check up.
Dr. Tobin is sending Rick medication for his parathyroid. Dr said that it is showing slightly over-active. He wants to see if this medication will calm it down. If so, then it may lower his BUN and Creatinine levels some. (Praying it does!)
I have passed step 1, 2, and 3 with M.D. Anderson. Am now working on step 4 - financial aid. If approved, I will receive 100% financial aid. Working on gathering this paperwork and hopefully will be able to fax it to them tomorrow or Friday.
So, that's where we are for now ... sigh.