Disturbing... it's all I can really call this. My case is going ass over head thanks to our expert witness doing a complete 180 about face in terms of his stance on how gross the errors were, and how they could have been caught/corrected. He's now saying the standard of care was followed and it's protocol to send somebody in my shoes back to the ortho to fix it; that it wasn't immediately obvious that surgical intervention was required. This is totally opposite of what he said during my consult with him back in August. He's mentioned now after reviewing my records as an expert witness that post op swelling, being wired shut, etc could have made it difficult for them to recognize any error and it's typical to be sent back to your ortho for correction. Sorry buddy, but xrays have nothing to do with post op swelling and being wired shut. I'm no doc and it's even very obvious to me in this animation of my xrays that the bones are moved in the wrong places. BONES CAN NOT BE FIXED WITH ORTHO!!!!! Seriously, I am just a measly meteorologist who has no medical training and it's very obvious even to me on these xrays. So, I would really like to hear how he will explain this one away. If he tap dances and pulls something out of his butt to refute it, then I know we are done with him. Something happened, and I'm not sure what. I hate to put on a tinfoil hat and say Kaiser or my surgeon somehow got to him, but I have to think that could be a possibility. I've heard rule of thumb is you don't use an expert witness who practices in the same area as the surgeon you're suing. Maybe he decided he didn't want to step on his neighbors lawn and/or shit where he eats. But if that is the case, at least do me the courtesy of stating you have a conflict of interest and can no longer be the witness for our case instead of taking my $2400 to review my records and pull some bullshit out of your ass.
In other medical news - I am still on the hunt for answers for my knees. I booked a flight out to see one of the top patella femoral specialists in CT. Then I have one more opinion in San Fran as well as the follow up with the one surgeon I've already seen there who sent me for the 6 weeks of PT. I am just over 3 weeks in, and it's hard to say if it's making a significant difference. I can feel my legs are already much stronger. I'm trying to take notice if I feel less aches/pains and clicking. I think I am clicking a tad less, and almost want to say I am a little less achy too, but I have to wonder if this is my brain trying to convince myself that I am feeling better because I so badly want to feel better and avoid surgery. Even if I did feel better, they say PT is not going to untwist and untilt my knee cap, so despite feeling better for the time being, am I still grinding down on cartilage further? The answer is probably yes, which is why they said this is a surgery only case. So, none of this probably is going to matter in the end anyway, which I knew going in to it, but it's still discouraging to think I am doing this for nothing. I guess if anything I am just making my legs stronger going in to surgery.
So much going on. I hope everything levels out soon, because lately I am just so overwhelmed. I see my ortho on March 5th for my next wire change. Lets hope that he can start closing the space in the front of my lower arch where they took that tooth out. So annoying going on day to day with that there.