Blood work ... Iron IV therapy ... exchange ... meet with Dr. Esther ... plan of care meeting with nurse and dietician
Good numbers from February's blood work ... except for blood sugar. Sigh.
Dr. Esther is very concerned about Rick's blood sugar. And so are we.
Thankfully, his numbers are much lower than they were in November and December, and even into January. But still, not low enough.
Dr. Esther is recommending a shot of insulin before each meal now, not just at bedtime.
She also wants Rick to see a diabetic specialist next month when we go back for checkup.
We spent most of the next day in Tyler with Dr. Lamb - the neurologist who was doing the EMG nerve test on Rick's right shoulder.
It was a bit odd, tho.
We went because Dr. Devinney (ortho) wanted the test done on Rick's shoulder to see if a compromised nerve was causing the pain and weakness in his right shoulder.
Dr. Lamb spent 80% of his time focused on Rick's hands, wrists, arms to the elbow, his legs from the knees down, and his feet.
We had to ask him twice about the shoulder!!! ???
Finally, a nerve conduction test on the shoulder was done. Results? No nerve damage showing present on the test results.
So, MRI in January showed good healing in the rotator cuff and shoulder. And this nerve test showed no nerve damage in the shoulder and neck area.
Still no answers as to why the pain and weakness in his shoulder. He still cannot use the arm, cannot raise it or lower it, cannot reach out with it, cannot carry any weight at all.
The results of the nerve test on his hands, feet, legs and arms? Peripheral Neuropathy, not severe at this time, just below the skin. Dr. Lamb said that most likely with the diabetes under good control there is great hope and promise of healing.
Now, we wait on the appointment with Dr. Devinney this coming Wednesday - to see what he has to say ... sigh.