Why you always need to get the x-ray
May 12, 2015
My GP figured it was gout, as did everyone who looked at my ailing toe. Wrong joint, though. The Internet was a bit vague on the subject as gout is almost always on the main joint of the big toe, not the one out by the toe nail. But two weeks after the initial diagnosis of gout the bloodwork came back negative and the swelling wasn’t going away on its own, so Bet insisted upon an x-ray.
We ran into Bet’s GP working Emergency at Smiths Falls, Dr. Raphael Shew. Shew has a reputation as a fine diagnostician. He said it looked like gout all right, but he’d see after the x-ray. A half-hour later he came into the room beaming. “Well that’s interesting. There’s a fracture there, all right.” He drew me a sketch to illustrate it.
It should be good as new in six to eight weeks of confinement in a firm-soled shoe. That’s a lot easier to take: a fracture (a young man’s injury, the result of haste or stupidity) over gout, the affliction of some old guy nearing the end of the tunnel.
No wonder the damned thing kept hurting and even getting worse. Off to recovery…
I dug Dr. Shew’s sketch out of the wastebasket.