Yesterday was my regular visit with my rheumatologist. I really like her because I usually feel better physically and/or mentally after my appointment. However, I discovered that we have a bit of difference in our perspective.
I’ve been having a chronic bout of bursitis in my left hip. It’ll get better, then it’ll get worse, but it never quite goes away. Hearing about it, my doctor immediately offered to inject it. As she was doing the procedure, she said, “This of course, is just the jumpstart. You need to support it with stretches, mild exercise, and ice.” To which I replied, “No, this is the finish line. I’m already doing the stretches, exercises, and ice and that hasn’t resolved the issue. I’m hoping the injection is the extra bit that’s needed to get me over this.”
I’m not saying that my doctor — or any doctor — assumes that their patients come to them as a first line of defense. However, I do think that there are people who do go to the doctor first rather than using some common sense remedies first (like using OTC medications for a cold, or rest and elevation for a twisted ankle). As proactive patients, I think we need to make sure that our doctors know what measures we’ve taken before we’ve seen them.
I used to get these weird rashes for which I’d first start with a topical OTC cortisone cream then, if that didn’t work, try a stronger prescription-strength cream for a couple of days. If that didn’t work, I’d go see my dermatologist. By telling him that I’d already used everything I had in my arsenal, he knew it was time to go to DefCon 3 and try something above and beyond what had already been done. Had I not done this, he might have prescribed a treatment plan I’d already tried.
I guess the point is, for the best and most effective treatment options, we have to make sure that we and our doctors are looking at the issue from the same perspective.
In other news, I’m making progress on the home front issues. The cable got fixed last weekend. The air conditioner, which was to have been fixed on Monday didn’t get fixed until Tuesday because some guy in the warehouse didn’t get the new compressor on the truck on Friday. Seems like we’ve had three or four people come in and do assessments on the water damage situation. Today they show up with blowers to put under the house to finish drying the space. This will last 5-7 days and will be followed by people who will hand clean any mold, do the microbial treatment and seal everything. In the meantime, my husband and I keep finding new places where the floor is buckled. The insurance adjuster comes by tomorrow morning and once he does his assessment, we’ll have a much clearer understanding of what we’re dealing with, how much work needs to be done, and how much the insurance company will cover.
And in two weeks, after my shoulder surgery, we’ll have a better idea of when we’ll actually start the repair process. Once we get everything dried out and the mold treated, then there is no rush to get the floors fixed. We’ll just have to live with roller-coaster floors until we get around to it. Between my surgery and recovery and my husband’s travel schedule, we may very well be looking at the end of the year or the first of next year (which isn’t that far away when you think about it, unless the world actually ends in December according to the Mayan calendar, and then it doesn’t matter …)
That’s all that ‘s going on in my world today. Thanks for checking in.