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I want to say THANK YOU to every person in Ohio who has helped to get the COVID-19 numbers down to the point where my hip replacement surgery can actually happen. Back in January, when the doctor told me that I definitely needed a complete hip replacement, I could not have the surgery I needed as it was an “Elective” surgery, and Ohio was not doing any due to the COVID numbers. Now I just need the doctor to actually do the surgery.

“I have Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and Epilepsy. Winter is my favorite season as the humidity is properly frozen and cannot aggravate my neurons. No matter how cold it is, I can always put on another layer. Humidity is my personal kryptonite, causing MS aggravations and it even used to trigger seizures before we found the right combination of medications.
I consider myself a four-legged human, as my balance requires my extra set of legs to walk safely.” -Tasia

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May 12, 2021

Well, my surgery date has been cancelled again. I will be called on Friday to get scheduled to see the Kidney doctor. My PCP told me that the Kidney doctor was OK with going forward with the surgery but the surgeon had the final call. He cancelled my May 13th surgery. I do not have another surgery date scheduled… yet.

I called a friend who lives in town and had hip replacement done by another surgeon. Unfortunately, that surgeon does not accept my insurance. I tried to change my insurance to straight Medicaid, but I would have to be in a nursing home, or a something like that, to qualify and that is the only Medicaid that the doctor my friend referred me to accepts.

So I am going to go into my insurance company and look for another doctor on their website. I need this hip replaced soon. I have put off my MS infusion nearly three months already.

May 5, 2021

The new plan is for me to drink a gallon of water a day to rinse the Aleve out of my system. I’m on my third quart today as I type this. This Friday I’ll re-do the lab tests. Provided I pass the labs, I’ll have my hip replacement done Thursday, May 13th. This means, just a two week delay until my next attempt to get my hip replaced. Buy hey, I’m getting it replaced… eventually.

Once that is done, and I’ve healed enough that the orthopedic surgeon says I’m good I can get my next dose of my MS medication. I may skate through without my Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis actually progressing. Modern medicine has developed to the point where the world actually has an effective medication for PPMS, and complete hip replacements. 🙂

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April 26, 2021

Wishing you a smooth road to recovery.

Joel W. Russell


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