This morning, when I realized that my car's GPS has two doctor's listed as "Favorite Locations", I got a little bummed out. I used to pride myself on not needing to go to the doctor very often. I guess this is what happens when you start getting old! :)
The nice thing though is that both appointments held good news.
The first stop was to Dr. Modabber for follow-up on the surgery to fix my busted clavicle. First was the x-ray, which looked like this:
Pretty rad, right? The doc wasn't joking when he said it was a long 10-hole plate and nine screws. He couldn't put a screw in the middle hole because (as you can see) there's no bone there to anchor it to! He again re-iterated how bad a break it was and told me that he had to do some funky stuff to tie a few fragments in place. The good news is that it looks good and he expects it to heal up just fine. It'll probably be 12 weeks before I'm back to "normal" but in the meantime, my only real restriction is to not force the clavicle to bear weight. Sounds good to me. He did warn me that the jarring from running and vibration from handlebars will not be particularly comfortable for a few weeks. So for starters, I'm gonna start with some hiking and short runs on soft surfaces and I'll get back to being very friendly with my trainer!
Appointment #2 was with the radiation oncologist for a six-month post-radiation follow-up. The MRI I had a couple weeks showed absolutely no re-growth of tumor tissue! That's awesome news! It doesn't mean that I'm definitely 100% out of the woods - last time around it took a few years before any re-growth was noticeable - but I'll take it!
Can I now be done with doctor's visits for at least a little while???