a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Scenic Route To Torture

Highway Nine, the scenic route,
We all know what that means.
Beautiful vistas, crooked roads, few guard rails and wonderful photo opportunities...on the way to another doctor.  I remember when this road was gravel and I rode in the back of the truck with my sisters going to visit kin in Stone County.
Imagine this with no rail, rolling gravel,
 and meeting a vehicle.
Twenty-two miles of crooked and steep,
takes me to the beauty of White River.
Sylamore creek feeds into White River
with a mansion on the bluff.

I'm sure you're wondering where the torture comes in...We're there...another wonderful doctor.  Shakes my hand, I scream.  He pokes my wrist, I scream.  He leaves the room and returns with a needle, and I scream some more. Tendinitis, he says, as if it were nothing. Just a tiny prick here, he says. (Afterwards, I wondered if he were describing himself)  After hours (it seemed) of probing with a needle as big as my arm (if it had been bigger, I would have said it), pop! goes the needle into the tendon.  He said, well, that tendon was a little tight.  The king of understatement!

I am wrapped elbow to thumb tip so I cannot move my right arm nor my thumb...for  ten days...but he releases me to return to work!  I don't know about y'all but I have to have a thumb to work.  I need two hands.  If thumbs weren't important in working the mail then they could hire armadillos.

THEN they want to charge me $15 to complete the required paperwork!  I asked, do you charge for filing the insurance?  No, that is a customer courtesy...no ca-ca!  That is the money paperwork.

Disheartened, hurting like crazy and embarrassed that I cried more than the eight-year-old with a broken arm, I left to drive my STANDARD home.  I took the less scenic route this time.
Down the mountains and  up the mountains, across White River, through the small town of Guion (which only had twelve miles of  crooked and steep) back home...only to get in the car again to return to my doctor to have her do the paperwork.

That went well, she was appropriately sympathetic and said, I still have the F disease but fixing the arm will help.  I return home and  find out she didn't SIGN the paperwork.  I know, I know, stupid!  I didn't check.  I decided it can wait til Monday. I am officially, legally off until after Christmas and can't do anything!

I must say the day is brighter, the arm pain has lessened, and I am lucky to still own two arms.  How did I write this post???  Very  slowly, one handed...I couldn't leave y'all hangin'...Merry Christmas.

25 comments:

LindaG said...

*hugs*

Merry Christmas, Gail. Glad to hear you are off until after Christmas. ♥

Rudee said...

I've been missing in action for a couple of days so I missed and had to go back and read the last post. Is it any wonder depression is a part of fibromyalgia when you're dealing with so many disheartening and painful symptoms? I think not.

I hope you're feeling better and that you get to enjoy some of your time off.

Thanks for the laugh of the day...tiny prick, indeed!

Country Gal said...

You poor women ! I would of smacked the docter, they act as though its nothing what they do to us sometimes. one time I was being poked and prodded so much I asked the doctor if they want to go in my place, guess what the reaction was yeahI figured as much they are big babies when they have to go through this being used as a pin cushion ! I hope you feel better I am an E-mail away my friend . Take it easy !

Dreaming said...

Oh,you poor sweet thing. That puts a whole new spin on Over the River and Through the Woods!!! It's not fair when the cure is worse than the problem. Ouch...ouch....oh sh**.
I had those tears at the dentist when the anesthesia didn't work and they were taking the tooth.... I know that awkward feeling. Sympathy, well, and empathy to you.
Merry Christmas (?) Hopefully it will feel better and better.... but DON"T USE IT! Follow his orders so it stays better!!!

ellen abbott said...

It never hurts the doctor.

ArtyMarti said...

A bum arm sure puts the kabosh on what you can do, but then it also is a good excuse to sit on the couch and watch movies. Rest, and have a good weekend.

Nora said...

I hope you manage to rest that arm, Gail, and take advantage of your time off. It sure wasn't a very pleasurable time you had. Thank goodness for your great sense of humor. I hope it manages to see you through the worst of it. Be good! XOX

Jeannelle said...

Nice scenery, anyway. Take it easy and here's hoping your arm feels better very soon!

Farm Girl said...

Wow, I was wondering this the whole time I was reading this, I do hope you get better. You don't have to respond okay? I am okay with it. Just rest.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

A tiny prick, eh? lol! I adore your sense of humor, even when times get tough.
But like you said at least you still have both arms and you got to enjoy the scenic (and now more safe) route to and from.

And I hate to tell you this, but Jax had a broken arm when he was 8 years old (5 broken ribs at the same time) and he didn't even cry, just a few whimpers.
I cry and wince more when I'm in pain now, than when I was a young chick. We're not so tough when we get older are we?

I'm sorry you're having to go through such pain and inconvenience, especially right before the holidays. Feel better soon.

(((hugs)))
~Lisa

Far Side of Fifty said...

Standard huh..bet that was a pain..at least you have a fix..maybe..hope it all works out well and was worth the pain from the little prick.
Rest..recoup..let people wait on you:)

pilgrimscottage said...

Ye-ouch! I do hope your arm and wrist get better quickly. I think doctors get so used to people in pain, it ceases to bother them. I hope you can enjoy the rest of your December.

Linda in New Mexico said...

You know that old phrase...it takes one to know one. NOW DO WHAT THEY TOLD YOU AND DON'T USE YOUR ARM. just saying..............XOXO Oma the stubborn

An English Shepherd said...

That does not sound very nice ;-)

Nezzy said...

The day we popped in on ya I had the route all planned and Hubs took off up the mountain on the scenic route. It more than took my breath away and shivered me timbers!!!

Yoga truly helped heal my tendentious. I was in just awful pain nested my arm in a pillow for most of one summer. 'Just sayin'...

Take care sweetie and have a great weekend!!! :o)

A Quiet Corner said...

Going to work...are you kidding!??? Hope you get to stay home, enjoy the holidays even if it is with just one hand!...:)JP

carolina nana said...

Time off and can't work at home. Sounds like a great Christmas to me !! I just hope the pain stays away. Relax and enjoy the rest.
Blessings
marilyn

Grammy said...

Sending many well wishes your way.

Gail said...

Thank y'all for your kind words. It is very difficult to do this one handed...so Merry Christmas to all.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You had to drive yourself home? And you're expected to work in that condition? Do you want me to go all Ninja on that doctor? He'll never see it coming...
I'm so sorry!

labbie1 said...

Beautiful vistas--reminds me of Pennsylvania! Hope you heal quickly and what is it with that little prick Dr? Is he working for the PO???? You are released to go back to work? Stupid!

Rob said...

Hi Gail I'm sorry to hear about your arm, I hope it doesn't spoil Christmas for you.

Sue said...

Sheesh!

Get well soon!!

=)

EmptyNester said...

Pretty sure the doc WAS talking about himself when he mentioned 'just a little prick here'---stupid doctors. I dread anytime I ever have to go to one. I particularly hate it when the first thing that ask is,"So, what seems to be the problem?" If I knew that, I wouldn't be there. Idiots.

I'm glad it felt better by this post. Hope it's all better by now!

achieve1dream said...

Sheesh! I'm glad the arm is feeling a little better and I hope it improves quickly. Take care.

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