Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Saga Continues . . .

So I went to the ortho today. Sadly, my favorite ortho ever is no longer going to be a part of my insurance network as of January 1st (boo), so I figured it couldn't hurt to try to find a new in-network ortho. Let me tell you . . . BIG MISTAKE.

I was a bit nervous when I got to the office, as it just looked a bit outdated and grimy. As I sat and waited, I told myself not to judge a book by its cover, and tried to remain positive. But then, when I was finally seen, the visit lasted approximately two minutes (and at least 1 1/2 of those minutes were me telling the doc what had happened in as much detail as possible). He asked me if I work out and if I've been working out . . . and I told him that I run, cross-train and used to lift weights before my fall; and that I've been trying to run since my accident, but that it's been very painful to do so. So then he grabbed my arms and moved them a couple different ways (which really hurt, by the way) and reported to me that I should "resume my normal activities," as he turned to walk out of the room. I stopped him and said, "but the last time I ran, I was in so much pain that I was in tears later that night." His response? "Like I said, I'd just try to resume your normal activities."

No x-rays; no "does it hurt when I do this"; no diagnosis; no nothing. I'm just so discouraged. I mean, I HAVE RESUMED my normal activities--as someone who lives pretty much paycheck to paycheck, it's not like I have a choice but to do so! But that's the problem . . . that the normal everyday activities are extremely freaking painful . . . and that, by the end of the day, I am in so much pain, I am tempted to saw my own arm off! Call me crazy, but it seems like there might be something wrong with that. Of course, this dude didn't stick around long enough for me to tell him that, and I'm sure it wouldn't have made a difference if he had. I don't know if it was the fact that it's a worker's comp. injury--and he thought I was just trying to get some time off from work or what (little does he know that I missed NOT A SINGLE MINUTE of work as a result of my injuries). But seriously . . . so frustrating. And it didn't help that I rushed back to work to make a team meeting, in which we were told that our firm will NOT be replacing the litigation paralegal who just quit, despite the fact that we're busier than ever. It's a never-ending battle . . . I wonder if the remaining 3 of us left if they'd even bother to replace us?

Anyway, I know I know . . . I can always get a second opinion or whatever. The point is, I'm just sick and tired of everything being such a huge struggle. Honestly. I wasted a precious hour of my work-day--between getting there and back, and waiting for like 30 minutes in the waiting room. That just means an extra hour I'm going to have to be at work tonight. And if I have to go see ANOTHER doctor, the same thing will happen that day.

Blah. I really need to go running . . . perhaps I will suffer through the pain tonight. After all, the doctor told me to do it!


Laura said...

So sorry to hear about your bad day :( Hopefully the next doctor you try will give better advice!

The Laminator said...

Gosh, that sucks Irish. He didn't even get an X-ray? That's so basic...I'm sorry about the bad intereaction you had with the doc...I apologize on behalf of my profession...

Alissa said...

Oh my gosh I would be just as mad as you. I hate when doctors are like that. And lets face it, 90% of the time, they are like that. And I totally sympathize with you on taking time off of work to go. My boss would say "didn't you already go to the doctor?". There are alot of raised eyebrows in my office when people take time off during the day or leave early. I hate it.

I say, go to another doctor and see if you can get a recommendation from someone. Its worth it to know what's really wrong. And didn't you say your company was going to have to cover it anyways, does it even matter if your insurance dosen't cover it? Maybe you should go back to your old guy.

I'm so sorry your having a rough spot. Hang in there! And keep blogging. I always enjoy your blog, you have such a funny, entertaining writing style. Have you ever thought about writing as a career?

Steve Stenzel said...

That SUCKS!! I hate Docs like that!

I don't know what to tell you, but I just hope it all gets better soon! Hang in there!

Happy Thanksgiving!!