Another Injection Update – Zzzzzzz

Another Injection Update – Zzzzzzz

I didn’t get the relief that I expected over the weekend, plus I had some extra low back pain versus just the usual leg/butt/sciatica pain. Perhaps it means nothing. Hey, the bladder seems okay this weekend though, so there’s that. No Depends for at least a little while. I was debating whether or not to have the third injection, but I decided what the heck, may as well. At least that way I’ll have given the injections every opportunity to help before the doctors end up talking surgery again. Mostly, I’m just tired. Tired of feeling lousy. Tired of feeling like I can’t do anything to fix feeling lousy. It’s like a vicious unhealthy cycle in which I’m spinning my wheels. Since I’m tired of writing about my herniated disc…
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Things I Need To Post Here

Things I Need To Post Here

I’m putting this plan out in public, so someone will make me do it, if I don’t do it myself. I can’t write a lot tonight because I unthinkingly agreed when the doctor’s office wanted to change my appointment from 3:30p next Monday to 9:30a tomorrow. What was I thinking? It’s all the way across town, during a time when people are probably on the freeway going to work. Ick, traffic. Anyway, it’s just another tedious consultation with another pain management specialist. I’ll think he’ll be my third of just that type of doctor. As far as I know, the last one is still recovering in the hospital from his emergency heart surgery. If I had dollar for every hour wasted in waiting rooms in the past several months, I…
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Hurray, Hurray, Hurray For Dr. FancyPants’ Office!

Hurray, Hurray, Hurray For Dr. FancyPants’ Office!

Not long after I’d left my message with Dr. FancyPants’ office, I received a call back. The woman (let’s call her Magic) said, “But you were supposed to be scheduled for a selective nerve root block on December 2. I told Trudy (that’s what I’ll be calling her now) that you needed to have it done and she said it had been scheduled for 12/2.” I told Magic that I had my appointment with Dr. $250’s office on 11/30 and Trudy told me she’d call me on 12/1, after she’d talked to my insurance company. But, ah, clearly she was supposed to have talked to them in early November, before I’d even suffered through my 3.5 hour ordeal at that office. No wonder the doctor was like, “Hey yeah, injection.…
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The Maddening Adventure of Unreturned Calls

The Maddening Adventure of Unreturned Calls

I called the doctor’s office again today. The person’s extension just rang and rang and rang and rang. Finally, I called Dr. FancyPants’ office and left a message for their appointment person, telling her that I was going to have to cancel two of my appointments (pre-surgical and surgery) with Dr. FancyPants because I can’t get Dr. $250’s office to schedule my lumbar injection. I told her I was getting worse again (yesterday, the return of the, uh, butt pain) and that it was moving into my other leg. When I called her before and told her Dr. $250’s office hadn’t called me to schedule an appointment like they were supposed to, she called them and they called me that same day to schedule an appointment. Sure, one that was…
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Phone Calls Not Received

Phone Calls Not Received

I called the doctor’s office again today. Had to leave a message because the woman I need to talk to was on the phone. That was around 3p. She never called back. So, who wants the phone number? Hey, or even the address. Ilona, the office is near Mountain View Hospital, so a visit to the office isn’t even out of the question. Actually, I think I’m going to call my surgeon’s office and tell them to cancel my surgery because I can’t even get in to get the lumbar injection, so I don’t know yet if I’ll need the surgery. Perhaps they can get the ball rolling. Seriously, Dr. $250’s office didn’t even call me to schedule the appointment like they were supposed to—it took the surgeon’s office calling…
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The Daily Factoid – Telephone Calls

The Daily Factoid – Telephone Calls

Remember the doctor’s office lady? Remember how she was supposed to call the next day (that was December 1st, for those of you keeping track), after talking to my insurance company? I thought I’d be polite and give her a little extra time. I called the office yesterday and spoke with her. She advised me that she hadn’t called my insurance company yet. No sirree. My leg getting weaker, losing bladder function, huge herniated disc...that apparently means nothing. So, she said she would call the insurance company today and call me back. She made sure to ask me if I’d be home, as if that mattered. Did she call today? NOPE. I may have to contact my surgeon’s office and see if they can do something about this. I’m supposed…
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The Unfortunate Case of the Spreading Numbness

The Unfortunate Case of the Spreading Numbness

I still haven’t heard from the doctor’s office regarding my lumbar injection. Color me surprised! So, I called them today at 4:44p - I got a recording, saying their office is closed and that their hours are 9am - 5p. Hmm, forgive me for being picky, but isn’t 4:44p in between those times, therefore someone should’ve answered the phone? I get it, I know no one wants to get stuck on a call that’s going to take them until after closing to finish, but when I worked for law firms and we had to put calls on the service, we actually waited until exactly closing time when we did it. Sure, we always wanted to do it earlier, but that’s kind of unprofessional, right? The reason I was convinced to…
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The Brief Meeting With Dr. $250

The Brief Meeting With Dr. $250

Okay, let’s say that it didn’t start out well. Leigh-Ann and I got to the office, and the tiny waiting room was crowded and stuffy. There wasn’t any room for us in there. Seeing that it was a sign of a doctor being very far behind, I asked the receptionist if I should leave and come back. She said I should go to lunch. Okay, so we left and went to Star Nursery and bought some burlap to wrap our Queen Palms because we’re expecting some very cold temperatures next week. Our trees were pricey and we don’t want them to die. After we finished wandering around the nursery (the man in front of us at the checkstand...buying an actual baby! ::I smacked myself in the head and said, “Duh,…
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m giving thanks that yesterday’s bank drama is over. It reminds me of when I was living in San Francisco and had come to Vegas on vacation, where I won $1000 playing video poker. I brought the money home in hundred dollar bills. I deposited $900 in cash in the ATM...and the deposit went missing. Luckily, they found it and all was right with my world again. Remember yesterday when I was talking about how my debit card charges had gone through, which was really strange? Well, they went through, then the bank charged me SEVEN overdraft fees of $22 each. I’ve had that account for 13+ years and it’s never spoken the o-v-e-r-d-r-a-f-t word before. Anyway, my new banker buddy (it’s odd making new friends when someone fixes something…
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What Now? Hey, Let’s Make It Tonsillitis

What Now? Hey, Let’s Make It Tonsillitis

Surely there’s enough on my plate physically and emotionally right now. Why on earth would whomever is in charge, give me tonsillitis...or what looks like tonsillitis in the mirror, when I shoved a flashlight in my mouth. Yes, I’ve diagnosed myself via the internet. Got a problem with that? Anywho, I’m tired of being sick and sore. My throat is killing me and I can’t even enjoy my Chai Eggnog Latte (a reward for suffering through that doctor’s appointment) because it feels too creamy in my mouth. Dammit, I LIKE this drink! I guess it’s off to make some Earl Grey tea, which I also like, but it certainly isn’t a special good girl treat. My internet diagnosis didn’t come to a complete consensus. Can this possibly go away without…
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