Atlas Shrugged…. Lucky Bloody Atlas!!

Today was the day. Seeing the bone doctor about my shoulders. I was dreading it. I hadn’t thought about it before but I suddenly realized – there was a definite risk of pain.

By the time I’d actually got to the Doctors offices I’d worked myself up into a right state. Once again we had to go through all the address/ insurance provider/ phone number/ next of kin shite.

That in itself takes a good half hour and I was sat with my clipboard and leaky pen (I’m sure they buy boxes of leaky biro’s so that no one steals them.

Oh lucky me. I was sat next to Farty McShitmahpants. He was really wafting some noxious fumes. I’m pretty sure he had a life long aversion to soap and a water. Or maybe Rabies. Probably both. It was a relief when he was called I’m telling you!

The smell kind of lingered behind him though, an unwelcome olfactory echo. It made me think, what if the person before you had sat farting on the chair? Or had a sweaty bum? It’s no good. I’m going to have to incinerate the clothes I was wearing.

There I sat. Pondering thoughts no good would come of, until FINALLY I was called. At least.. I THINK I was called. With the way they mangled my name it could have been anyone!

So off we go. Me and Nurse Sally Sunshine. Remember that happy clappy nun in Sister Act? This was her clone.

The usual weight, blood pressure, allergies etc and then the wait for an infinity for Dr Shiner Bonedome.

He bounces in with a “Heyyyy Gurl” The compulsion to come back with “Yo homeboy” nearly overwhelmed me but I refrained. No idea where that level of decorum came from but I can assure you that

A. It was a one-off and

B. It will probably never happen again.

So we get to the “Why are you here today?” Question. Again.

So I tell him. Again. I’ve knackered (technical term) both my shoulders and it’s hampering my shenanigans! I mentioned in passing that my neck hurt too so straight off to X Ray I go.

Turns out my neck is in a bit of a fix. It should have a nice curve but it’s kind of kinky. I refused to take prednisone so I’m just having four weeks of therapy and then reassessment.

As to my shoulders well he put one hand on my shoulder and went to move my arm.

My anxiety about getting hurt went waaay off the scale and I kind of hissed at him and snarled

“You hurt me I’m going to twist your nuts so hard you’ll whistle the star spangled banner every time you try to pee.”

Yeah. No idea where that came from.

He dropped my arm and took a step back like I was radioactive and said well let’s just see if physical therapy on your neck helps with your shoulders. If it doesn’t we’ll do an MRI.

We need a new doctor nurse. I broke this one!

Hope he doesn’t spoil my fun by pre warning the physical therapist!!

40 thoughts on “Atlas Shrugged…. Lucky Bloody Atlas!!

  1. You always make me laugh. Glad to hear you refused prednisone. I usually take turmeric for anything involving inflammation. I once had a Dr. get pissed because I refused some kind of med he was prescribing and told him I would just take turmeric. He said “well I don’t know anything about that” I said “well I do”.

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    1. I’ve had the same with a doc getting pissed I didn’t want what he was peddling, and once I wasn’t interested in that and asked instead he figure out what’s actually wrong with me, he didn’t want to know. Out of curiosity, did the turmeric help you?xx

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      1. Yes I have used turmeric for tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and a hiatal hernia. It likely has helped with other things because I take it regularly. I would like to be able to go to a doctor for a diagnosis and then explore treatment options.

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      2. Yes I believe you can. When my mother in law was in India she had a fall and gave her leg a nasty gash. The guide did something with turmeric for it – I don’t remember if he made a paste or used it dry – but she said it healed amazingly. She swore by it ever after.

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    2. I’m a doctors nightmare. Truly. I don’t take anything without researching it after learning the hard way about drug interactions. Ive taken pred in the past but NEVER again. The price is just too high.

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    1. God help the physical therapist that gets me.. you know I’m going to be calling him the rapist – just to piss him off! Sometimes having a non American accent can be too much fun!

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  2. Hahah I couldn’t help but laugh at most of this, which I shouldn’t because it sounds like a pretty traumatic appointment. The bit about “an unwelcome olfactory echo” was brilliant though. Eugh, I don’t like those insanely chirpy staff either, especially when it’s so disingenuous. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the therapy and hope that it can help with the shoulders and neck. Any thoughts on what’s caused the neck issue, so that it doesn’t curve quite as it should? Considering your pain and anxiety over the appointment, I take my hat off to your amazing attitude. x

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    1. I was a passenger in a car a few months ago. I wasn’t paying attention when the driver did a very fast, very abrupt u turn and I hurt my neck. I’ve been waiting for it to heal itself since then but it hasn’t so I FINALLY put on my big girl knickers and went to the doc!

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      1. I was just wondering how it could not curve like that. I guess my tiny mind struggles to ‘get’ how the neck can do that. Muscles and ligaments being pulled or torn there I can understand, but not for the bone structure to be ‘kinky’. I don’t think I’m articulating this very well – I know what I mean even though nobody else will, hahah! xx

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  3. I am so sorry you are suffering. A very entertaining post nevertheless, but I feel ashamed to giggle at your excellent language when you are having such a bad time!!!

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  4. How you make us laugh through your pain is brilliant.
    I caution you about the neck. My X-ray looks even worse (done by a chiropractor), but it doesn’t cause any problems. We are not all carbon-copy humans. I think docs just love to look for oddities to explain pain. I seriously had an (expensive, highly rated) orthopedist tell me that my ulna was 1/32 inch too long, and that was causing my random wrist pain. Oh please!!!!

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    1. I have been having a lot of neck pain too… long drives have been very painful so I knew it was an issue, that was why I mentioned it. I’ve been waffling about going to see a doctor about that for ages too! I really don’t like the doctors here so I avoid going if I can help it!

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      1. Me either. I don’t always have good luck with chiropractors, but they have helped more than anyone in certain situations. Also a good massage therapist is helpful. Good luck!

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