Total Crankapotumus *Open Thread* *Updated*


Update at the end end of the post.

That would be me. Usually, this is the time of day when I write up some scintillating post (that was a joke, just fyi) on the issues of the day, usually of a political nature. There is certainly no shortage of crapola going on in the nation today, like the revelation of the US spying on Israel, and as a result, some members of Congress reported by the WSJ. Oopsy daisy. Or the tit-for-tat fighting between Trump and Clinton (Hillary, that is), which you no doubt have already seen because it is all anyone on the news is freakin’ talking about this week. Or heck, even the close call of Navy warships when our new buddy, Iran, fired some rockets.

But no. Here’s the thing. I am the crankapotumus today, a carry-over from yesterday. Why? Because, after months of waiting to get an MRI disk I should have gotten at time of service, in order to be able to see an orthopaedist who specializes in spine issues, I got to the doctor yesterday, with disk in hand, only to discover that it contained the report, which I already had, and NO images. THAT made me cranky enough since I have literally been waiting for four months to be able to see someone. Oh, the doctor was nice enough about it, but it was a huge waste of his time, my time, and Suzy’s time since there wasn’t a whole lot more he could do except take x-rays, which he did.

And let me interrupt myself to say, I don’t usually talk a whole lot about what is going on with me physically. It is just an old-school throwback, I guess, of not wanting to inject much personal stuff into my writings besides vacation kinds of things, except when I have surgeries. I don’t want to make it all about me, or complain too much. Plus, I know others of you are dealing with some mighty serious issues your own self, so my joint/spine issues pale in comparison.

That said, I guess it isn’t very forthcoming of me because I rarely let you know how much pain I am in all the time. And I am in considerable pain all the time. Hence my major frustration at both the failure of the massive health system in Charlotte to do what I not only asked them to do, but PAID them to do, so that I could see what remedies are available to me, and then learning from the doctor what some of the remedies are available to me.

Here’s the first thing I learned. It is not a result of my back problems that I continue to have so much pain in my knees. That is what my other orthopaedist had suggested. The spine ortho said, um, yeah, NO. Ergo, no relief for the constant, intense pain I continue to have in my knees which hinder me in a number of ways, not the least of which is the ability to drive very far in general, but to not be able to drive at all without the resulting increase in pain that drives me to bed and completely off my feet.

The second thing I learned is that part of my back problem is facet degenerative arthritis. Bottom line, nothing to be done for it but live with the pain (can I tell you how many times, since I first started having knee problems 45 years ago, that I have been told I needed to do that?? Well, I would tell you if I could count that high. Ahem.).

The third thing I learned was why the MRI images are so important for the spine ortho regarding the spondyllolisthesis in my lower back. The long and short of it is: live with the pain, or potentially have extremely major back surgery that means a very long recovery period AND which may not help anyway.

So, yeah. That’s why I am a crankapotumus this morning, combined with the circular attempts to finally get the original health care system in Charlotte (Novant, for those of you keeping score), to get me the damn disc I asked for in the FIRST place 4 months ago. Finally, FINALLY, after 45 minutes of effort, I was told that the Radiology Department will burn that cd today and get it out to me.

Now, why the hell did that have to be SO hard?! Wow.

Meanwhile, since I am blathering on about all of my health problems, I am also having tremendous problems with both shoulders. That doctor isn’t available until the end of January, though I will be seeing his PA next week along with a followup with the wrist ortho. Told you I had joint problems! I have to say, not only are the shoulders incredibly painful – no doubt the result of many years of sports and weight lifting along with tearing rotator cuffs, but the bonus is having my collarbone or rib right below it pop out and crack. Weird, right?

So, yeah – I apologize for not being more forthcoming about what the hell is going on with me on a regular basis, but I didn’t want to bore you. Had I not been pulling my hair out dealing with the incompetents at Novant encroaching on my writing time, and the newsflash from the orthopaedist I saw yesterday, I may have waited. But I reckon it doesn’t hurt for y’all to know what is going on with me, the ongoing saga of joint issues that affect me every single day of my life without relief.

How’s THAT for dramatic? Sorry, just a tad frustrated, disappointed, and discouraged.

Of course, I could say the same for how things are going in the political realm, so there is that.

I will leave you with one good thing, and that is a link from The Daily Signal about some police officers who SHOULD be the ones about whom we hear, but too often, do not.

This is an Open Thread.

UPDATE: Thanks to an angel in the Radiology Department who took it upon herself to do what no one else could do in four months, the cd of my last MRI is going in the mail today. Hallelujah!!!


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53 Responses to “Total Crankapotumus *Open Thread* *Updated*”

  1. krwaters Says:

    Amy, I am so very sorry to learn both of your physical pain and the accompanying emotional/mental stress of dealing with an inept system. I always learn a great deal from your posts. And I am honored that you shared a bit more about your life and struggle. Overall, I especially appreciate the time you take to outline issues and your gracious offering of a forum to allow for further expression. I wish you healing as we close out 2015, and much, much deserved relief and health in 2016. Peace!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks so much, kr – I appreciate your kind words abt my little blog, and your support for the challenges I face. The red tape on top of it all sure doesn’t help!

      Thank you, too, for the well wishes for 2016. I hope the same for you, and all of those who frequent this blog!

      And good to *see* you, too!

    • mcnorman Says:

      potentially have extremely major back surgery that means a very long recovery period AND which may not help anyway.

      I’m stunned that you still have hair left. Just kidding. What you wrote is the absolute truth…there are no guarantees. Surgeons try to work their skills into a pain free gift but it doesn’t always work.

      The ex had his back and neck broken three different times. He was sold on surgery after surgery and the scar tissue did what it does…run like superglue which ultimately means that he must learn to live with the pain or else??? Yes, it has been bad enough for him to contemplate ending his life. I will keep you in prayer as well.

      • mcnorman Says:

        Oh, and always…always walk get that CD copy to keep as a permanent record. It will give the next radiologist a good inkling of any degenerative changes on any subsequent studies.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        LOL – I know, right? I was not particularly thrilled with that pronouncement, though I appreciated the doctor’s honesty. We’ll see if, once he gets the cd, there is anything else he can recommend, but it ain’t sounding good.

        And speaking of not good, WTH abt your ex breaking his back and neck three times!!! What, was he a rodeo rider or something?? Holy SMOKES!!!! But you are so, so right abt the scar tissue. That has been a continuing problem for me, especially with my knees. But I have good range of motion (I am a more-than0compliant patient when it comes to PT – so much so that my ortho had to tell me to ratchet it back some), so, my ortho is okay with the amt of scar tissue there may be. Of course, HE doesn’t have to live with it, so there is that…

        Good point abt the cd. If I had had the MRI done down here, it would have been no problem since it would have been in THEIR system. But no. And why the tech didn’t hand me a copy at the time still confounds me since that seems to be protocol. Just one thing that led to another, I reckon!

        • mcnorman Says:

          The ex: the first time was a car accident, second was running out of a burning building and slipping on the wet concrete, and the third was getting hit by an illegal alien who was driving without insurance. I’m not a fan of how they break the law. Last time, the kid was driving 90 mph through a red light and t boned the truck. He was lucky to have lived through that.

          Many people never request the CD. I always tell them to request as much as possible that can be scanned and held in a cloud service. Records can be destroyed…think Katrina.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Holy crap, mcnorman – that is incredible. And WOW abt the third time. No kidding he was lucky to live through that – and all of them, from the sound of it!

            Excellent point abt the cd!

  2. insanitybytes22 Says:

    I am sorry for your pain and troubles and for the relentless redtape and bureaucracy that usually goes along with it. That stuff will make you cranky indeed.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks, insanity! And I know, right?? LOL…I do my best to try and put the pain to the side. I am not always successful, though, and sometimes it is just too much. But hey – we all have our travails, right? Thanks!

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    You need to let us know how you are doing Amy. We care about you. If you are in pain yell, scream and do whatever helps.

    Having also been told to “learn to live with the pain” for close to 50 years I can, and do, relate.

    Sometimes getting things off your chest eases the pain elsewhere. So make a New Year’s resolution that if it hurts, you damn well say so. Your passion and your intellect are what make you so wonderful. Stoic? Not so much.

    Just my opinion and take it for what it’s worth and know it is meant with love and caring.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thank you so much, Marge. I had a feeling you could relate, though I hate to hear that YOU have heard the same thing for the past half a century. Aggravating, isn’t it? I always want to say to the doctors, “what do you think I have been doing?!?!” I mean, really – the whole point of going to see them is to try and get some relief, am I right?? Sheesh.

      Anyway, excellent point abt getting it off one’s chest helps in other ways. I know that is true. I think it is just a fallback to my academic days that one never makes things personal. When I started writing sermons, and had to make it MORE personal, it was a struggle. So I guess I was more in that sermon writing mindset where you say some things, but not things that are too revealing. Know what I mean?

      And thank you for the tremendous compliment – I appreciate it. And I totally hear you abt the stoicism, though it is something I had to employ for many years to achieve what I did. But you are right – it is not a healthy way to be.

      LOL abt the yelling and screaming. A dear friend yesterday said she would throw things for me because she knew I wouldn’t. Ahaha. I admit, I was in tears by the time I got to the elevator, both because of the pain, and from the news that there was so little the doctor thought he could do for me. UGH.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        One thing I’ve never needed was someone to throw things for me. Back when Bush was still in office a friend gave me some of those little pillows that looked like bricks, she said it was to save me the price of a new television. 😉

        We all learn to cope in our own way – for me it’s usually humor. Then again sometimes I swear like a merchant marine. Depends on the day and the attitude. Some days I feel like accepting things and some days I am in full blown outrage mode. Whatever works. But you and I both know that holding it inside doesn’t.

        I’m sure you don’t want to vent at Susie all the time – I feel the same way about poor Lou. So I yell when he’s not here. As I said, we all have our way of coping.

        And yes I am tired of hearing about “living with the pain”. I’ve been living with arthritis since I was 19. Live with it? What’s the alternative? 😦

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          LOL – I hear ya! I understand that balled up socks are also a good alternative to breaking the tee-vee! 😀

          I completely understand abt the cussing like a Merchant Marine – right there with you. I comfort myself with the knowledge that studies show cussing actually DOES help, so there! Teehee!

          And yes, I don’t want Suzy to bear the brunt of it. I try to not go on abt every ache and pain, or to vent when she isn’t in here, but sometimes, it is just unavoidable. I try very hard to not let the really bad pain days resort in me being cranky with HER, though I admit, that sometimes happens, too. Hey, I’m only human.

          Good HEAVENS, Marge – it seems like we have both had our share of dealing with chronic pain. It ain’t fun, that’s for sure!!

        • mcnorman Says:

          YES!!! Humor, lots of it. Dealing with pain is a daily issue for many of us. I’ve lived with three herniated discs for over 30 years. That has been a walk in the park compared to being gut filleted open and left for whatever happens next. Out of body means laughing and laughing over and over very hard for me now. Some days are good and there are many bad ones too. So, please Kenoshamarge, please keep the funnies coming.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            I totally meant to concur with that – absolutely, humor is a big part of getting through the day when one is dealing with pain or health issues.

            And mcnorman, bless your heart – I know that has to be very painful indeed!

            Yep – keep the cartoons and videos coming!

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Never underestimate the silliness of a celebutard determined to lecture those that don’t see things her way:

  6. piper Says:

    I hear you as in been there with the pain and the medical system which is trying at its best. After my last wellness check (the no hands kind) I told my doctor that I was happy to see that her laptop was in fine shape being able to keep up with typing my responses to her questions.
    As always – looking for humor to help with life.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      ROTFLAMO at the Maxine cartoon – that is HILARIOUS!!!!

      Oh, my – funny comment too by you to the doctor. That is how they do it now though, isn’t it?

      And sorry to hear you know of what I speak, both in terms of pain AND with the medical system. Ugh…

    • mcnorman Says:

      Oh piper, if you only knew how much physicians detest the “hand on keyboard” methodology. In my building alone, several retired in October.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Good to know, mcnorman. When I saw the wrist specialist a few weeks ago, that was all he did was type and talk into his recorder. That said, he did actually manipulate my wrists, so it wasn’t totally hands off.

        Interesting to know that doctors have left as a result of this new practice, mcnorman…

      • piper Says:

        Thanks for the info. – I rarely go to the doctor even though I’m an old lady but I expect to be examined when I see them – hopefully they will catch a medical issue early so it can be treated efficaciously.

        • mcnorman Says:

          The best thing that you can do is to make a list of the problems that you are having before you walk into an office. Try to keep to an economy of words because that is about all that they can hone in on anymore. I know it sounds terribly discourteous, but they are forced into this sribe work lest they ever be sued for not documenting.

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Wipe That Grin Off Your Smug Faces, Progressive Pollsters

    So progressive pollsters pull a cheap trick designed to embarrass Americans who are rightly fearful about the possibility of ISIS attacking us. Joke’s on them.

    A big cloud of smug emanated from left-wing bloggers and pundits last week after Public Policy Polling—a progressive polling firm—decided to ask voters whether they support bombing Agrabah.

    If you’ve begun racking your brain to try and remember where Agrabah is, then, unfortunately, you are not in on the joke. You see, Agrabah, is not actually a city in the Middle East currently occupied by ISIS; it is a fictional place from the movie “Aladdin.”

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    I know we’re not supposed to criticize what female politicians wear but seriously, a woman with her kind of money and that’s the best she could do? Quick, someone send her a Woman Within catalogue!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Sometimes it is a duty to speak up, Marge. Ahaha…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I don’t usually comment on what a woman wears unless it’s really “out there”. I hate clothing cut so low it leaves nothing to the imagination. You want to bare it all, go join a nudist colony. As for twerking – let me tell you how much I enjoy having someone stick their butt in my face and shake it. Are you kidding me?

        But that ugly thing Hillary wore to the last debate was truly ugly. Sackcloth without the ashes. And who decided that a big butt would disappear if you wore a jacket down to your knees? Are they blind? Are we supposed to ignore that big bulge between the waist and the knees?

        When you have that much money there is no excuse for looking like a frump. Maybe Carly could give her some tips – Carly always looks nice.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          LOL – oh, I can just see THAT happening – Hillary taking fashion advice from Carly! Ahaha! You are right, though – Carly DOES always look nice…

          You would think with all the money and advisers that Hillary has, people would make sure she would look her best before going on national television…

        • mcnorman Says:

          It is difficult to take her seriously in a sack cloth. One dresses according to the event and it was wrong.

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I have been discussing with a friend the possibility of voting for Jim Webb should he run and Trump somehow gets the nomination (UGH). She liked that he is pro-2nd Amendment, but did some more research. This is what she found: He supports illegals getting Obamacare (there goes your premiums again!); he voted against defunding sanctuary cities; supports citizenship (not just legal residency) for illegals; supports Obama’s DREAM act; believes Obama’s executive orders waiving deportation of illegals to be legal; and is not against Syrian “refugees” but does think we need to slow it down.

    UGH. I had taken some solace that there might be SOMEONE for whom I could vote should the media succeed in pushing Trump as the nominee. But now? Not so much…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Oh damn, there goes another alternative. I can’t vote for that. I suspect, that in the end either Cruz or Rubio will be the GOP nominee. Why I continue to believe that the right isn’t as stupid as the left that gave us Obama I don’t know. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking. I could vote for Cruz quite easily and without holding my nose. Rubio would require some nose holding but I could and would vote against Hillary by voting for him.

      But if the Republican Party gives us Trump as a nominee, I will not vote for him. I just can’t .

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Yeah – I hadn’t looked at all of his positions yet since he hasn’t definitely jumped in, so that was a surprise to me. I had been considering his extensive experience in other position. But after my friend mentioned the above, I did check. He did say he would take a look at Obama’s EA on Immigration, though, so at least there is that.

        But yes, I really, really hope that Rubio or Cruz or Fiorina is on the top of the ticket come November…

  10. helenk3 Says:

    I am sorry that you are in such pain. and YOU ARE ALLOWED TO COMPLAIN. it makes you feel better getting things off your chest.
    Glad you had fun on your vacation.
    politics will always be with us and sometimes it is good to take a break from them

  11. helenk3 Says:

    Well i guess I did not win the publishers clearing house contest again. They have not shown up with a check, flowers and balloons

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Ah, dangit – sorry to hear that! Hey, there is always the one in Feb., right? 🙂

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Me neither Helen. Which is a surprise since I got a letter about 8 weeks ago telling me I was in contention. And that’s really strange since I never entered. Is the Publisher’s Clearing House contest run by a Nigerian Prince?

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    Top 2015 Story No. 5: The Phantom Menace (Of Global Warming)

    The more urgent other problems become, the more our leaders double down on the invented threat of global warming.

    By Robert Trancinski

    It’s time to count down the top stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2015 and reviewing my own coverage of them.

    We’ll start the countdown with #5, which is the least important of the big stories because it’s not about something that’s actually happening. It’s about how a whole section of our top political and cultural leadership is pretending that something that isn’t happening is actually the most vital and pressing issue of the day. That is pretty important in its own right.

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    If you watched “Special Report” panel last night you would have seen that Kirsten Powers didn’t think this was much of a problem. Krauthammer and Hayes didn’t think “spying” on Netanyahu was a problem either. The reality is that we “spy” on everyone, enemy or ally it makes no difference. That is evidently a fact of life. I find that sad but can accept the reality.

    Then it seems the “spying” was done on people that Netanyahu, and his aids were talking to, and those just happened to be members of congress. Now Krauthammer and Hayes are concerned and Powers still doesn’t care.

    After watching that segment, I was more confused that I was before watching it. Krauthammer was almost unintelligible when he spoke – Powers seemed uniformed and almost going through the motions and Hayes, well he did seem to be upset that members of congress were being “spied” on but didn’t articulate it well. I realize that this is a complicated story but damn, they did a lousy job of telling it.

    Probably much easier over at CNN and MSNBC, CBS, ABC and NBC where there either lie or ignore anything that makes Obama look bad. And at best it seems he looks bad for not being able to keep this out of the WSJ.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I did watch Special Report last night. Kirsten did what Dems are apparently doing – completely dismissing this.

      I think Stephen Hayes made the most compelling argument – that this spying was done not for national security reasons, but purely political reasons, AND that the USA, after Obama said he would not spy on our allies, singled out Netanyahu.

      But yeah – definitely easier over at the other networks! Ahaha…

  14. helenk3 Says:


    to watch the MUMMERS PARADE livestream

  15. helenk3 Says:

    though you would like this

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