As promised, here’s a continuation of what’s been going on the past month.
We spent the weekend after Raelene broke her ankle adjusting, and Raelene spent quite a bit of time on the computer researching which orthopedic surgeon she wanted to see on Monday. As it turned out, the surgeon our doctor referred us to was not part of our insurance plan, and Raelene wanted to make sure she was in excellent hands regardless. So Raelene made a list of the surgeons in our plan, and started reading reviews. The choice wasn’t easy since most of the doctors had both good and bad reviews, but she made her short list and we started calling Monday as soon as their offices opened.
In the end she made an appointment to see Dr. Jeffery Mann the following Tuesday (August 31st). From the reviews he had a reputation for really knowing his stuff but having a brusk bedside manner. He was also the doctor other doctors we called referred us to for Raelene’s injury. We weren’t sure what to expect, but as soon as Dr. Mann walked into the examination room Corinne informed him that she was the doctor and he grinned. It was awesome, and we’ve had no complaints about his care.
The doctor looked at the X-rays, and assured us that Raelene didn’t need surgery. He initially wanted to put a caste on Raelene, but when she asked about the swelling (her ankle was quiet swollen and bruised) he decided to put the splint back on and reinforce it with another splint. So the plaster pieces and ace bandage went back on, and we made an appointment for a checkup the morning of Friday, September 10th. That was also the day Raelene was supposed to leave for Mendocino for a girls weekend away, but we figured it would be fine. She would get a cast in the AM, and then head north in the afternoon. What could go wrong?