Thursday, April 17, 2008 -- Update   I somehow managed to see my orthopedic surgeon today, and return home all in one piece -- both physically and mentally. I have had a fear of all doctors throughout my life -- especially surgeons.   My appointment was for three o'clock, and I was there somewhat earlier than that because I was going to meet my sister. We talked about some nonmedical things before going up to the doctor's office.   Once we got to the doctor's office, we waited, and waited, and waited. Dr. Vidal was running more than an hour late. My sister was somewhat upset by that, and even suggested that I change doctors. I told her to forget that idea because I liked this doctor.   I finally got to go to the examination room. A few minutes later, the door opened and a stranger walked in. It turned out to be the Physician's Assistant. He examined me and we talked about how I had been feeling since the last time I had been there.   Dr. Vidal came in shortly after that. She examined the areas where I had been injured, and we talked about some concerns that I had been having. She said that the injury to my left ankle had been "really bad" and that it was going to take another month or two before I even got close to the point where I was before my accident. I was not too happy hearing that, but I would rather hear the truth than a lie.   The doctor told me that most people in my situation would just give up. I replied that I did not believe in giving up.   She said that I had a lot of swelling in my feet and my legs, which was probably causing the pain not only in them, but in my back and left hip as well. She gave me a prescription for some anti-inflammatory medicine, a second prescription to have some changes made in my orthopedic shoes, and a third prescription for another month of physical therapy. I asked her if I needed to see her again. Dr. Vidal said that she would always be there for me if I needed her.   Overall, I was satisfied with my visit to see the doctor. I would have liked her to wave a magic wand over me, thereby causing all of my medical problems to disappear, but short of that, this was a good outcome.