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.