WHEN ONE IS STRICKEN WITH GOUT                                                                                                                                                                            IT IS MOST DIFFICULT TO GET ABOUT                                                                                         AS HUBBY  RECENTLY FOUND OUT

One morning D. woke up with a sore and red toe. He thought he probably bumped it or that his shoe and foot had suddenly  became incompatible. He had difficulty hobbling around and borrowed a cane from one of our neighbours This is an older condo complex and a large number of owners and renters are seniors. There is never a shortage of canes , crutches, wheelchairs or walkers available to beg or borrow but not to steal.

D’s pain didn’t subside. Our common sense, our general knowledge and google,  jointly diagnosed his problem as gout. Gout is a type of acute inflammatory arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the blood. This made sense to us because D. over the years has had recurrent kidney stone attacks. The composition of his kidney stones was found to be mainly uric acid mixed with some calcium.  Gout normally  attacks the big toe. D. tends not to follow the norm and it was his baby toe that was affected. Although only one joint is usually targeted, the condition can become chronic with recurrent episodes of pain, inflammation and swelling. Chronic gout can be treated with medications to reduce uric acid levels. Incidentally gout is sometimes referred to as the rich man’s disease because foods like red meat, lobster , cream, butter and red wine are high in uric acid. Has D. been holding out on me? Show me the money honey.

After  D. endured  the pain for a couple of days we made a trip to the emergency Department of the Mount Sinai Medical Centre in Aventura Florida. This is a fancy urgent Care Facility with fancy prices that were to be charged directly to our Canadian insurance.  The doctor confirmed our diagnosis of gout and prescribed a medication to reduce the pain and inflammation The care was wonderful, the staff personable and knowledgeable. The only downside was the time and effort  spent on the phone with the insurance company and time spent waiting for the exchange of faxes sent back and forth between the health facility and the insurance. Finally , we were told that we could leave and that the hospital would collect the money from the insurance. Today,  a week later we received a call from the insurance company saying that they wouldn’t pay the Mount sinai Medical center. They said we were to pay and then negotiate with them on our return to Toronto. The Mount Sinai has as yet  not informed us as to the amount of the bill. The saga continues. Keep posted.

The main thing D. is now gout free


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EP Snider’s dream came to fruition when she published a book at age 69. She continues to share her thoughts and stories with a humorous twist on Wordpress and Facebook.
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