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!!!