Sorry I have not updated my blog in awhile. I have been pretty busy since I have been home trying to figure stuff out with my elbow and everything. It seems like I have been going to the doctor every couple of days. The CT scan did pick up a loose body in my elbow, so surgery is needed to remove it.
Here is a little run down of what has gone on since my return back to the States:
March 18th – Return Home
March 19th - Doc. Appt. 9 a.m.
· Find out that they can read my x-ray but not my MRI
· I get an x-ray that day and then get my MRI scheduled for the following day.
March 19th – MRI
March 20th – Find out the results of the MRI
· MRI doesn’t show a loose body, so a CT scan is scheduled
March 22nd – 28th – Start Therapy until the results of the CT scan are in.
March 23rd – CT Scan
March 28th – CT Scan results and doctor’s apt!
· I find out that the CT scan does show a loose body, so I do need surgery
· Doctor refers me to Dr. Wiemi A. Douoguih, an arm specialist in Washington, D.C.
· I call up to DC to get an appointment.
March 29th – The doctor’s office in DC calls me back to let me know that I can see Dr. Douoguih in a week. Originally they told me that I could not get an appointment, but after explaining my situation involving my team in Poland, they were able to get me in sooner.
April 6th –Appointment with Dr. Douoguih
· Doctor reads the MRI and CAT scan and informs me that I do need a scope to remove the loose body. At that time, he also tells me that the rehab for this surgery would be 6-10 weeks. Dr. Douoguih was willing to do the surgery that night, but the person who schedules his surgeries informed me that Dr. Douoguih is not listed within the network of doctors fully covered (100% beyond deductible) by my insurance. After learning the length of rehab associated with this surgery (6-10 weeks) and realizing that the rehab time frame would not allow me to return to my team in Poland in time for play-offs, in either case, I opted to have my surgery performed by a doctor listed within my insurance network, which will be by a doctor here in Lynchburg.
I was still glad that I went up to the doctor in DC, because he gave me a more realistic picture of what I was dealing with. I continue to workout out and try to stay in the best shape that I can. Although that doesn't involve shooting basketball or lifting, I am still maintaining my cardio.
April 9th - Set up doctor's appointment for the following week with doctor in Lynchburg who will do my surgery.
The doctor I chose to do my surgery happens to be on vacation this week, but is the one most qualified to do my surgery here in Lynchburg. I will be meeting with him next week and then proceeding with surgery after the visit with him. Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support during this time of my injury. God is faithful, and despite me not being able to play the game that i love right now, I know that God's ways our higher than mine.
To all my CCC fans, teammates, and supporters, I miss you all a lot! I wish so badly that I could be back there with you all and wearing the CCC uniform, but unfortunately I can't because of my elbow. I am cheering for you all from afar!!! :) GO CCC!!!
I want to leave you with a verse from MATTHEW 11:28-30:
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
There have been times during my time of being injured that I have gotten frustrated or weary, but the Lord's grace and strength is sufficient for each day!! I am humbled when I think about the beauty of the Lord and His desire for all of us to lay our burdens down at his feet. Our joy does not come from the circumstances around us, but rather from the Lord! Are you weary today? Find rest in the Lord my friend :). What an exchange it is...we lay our burdens at the Lord's feet and in exchange He tells us to pick up his yoke which is easy to bear and much lighter. An exchange that seems impossible, but is probable because of the Lord. What are we waiting for?
OH GOD YOU ARE MY GOD AND I WILL EVER PRAISE YOU!
Have a great rest of your week! I am going to do my best to blog more frequently!