Dr. Outlaw…FADE TO BLACK

Dr. Outlaw…FADE TO BLACK

Yeah, so I’m not going to see him on Tuesday. More about that later. Okay, it’s now later. I think I left you with the message I left at Dr. FancyPants’ office, asking if getting the injection from Dr. Outlaw was okay with them. The answer was, “No, it’s not okay.” Apparently, Dr. No Está Bien does something differently. He also does his different thing in a surgery center, where he uses a fluoroscope. I guess I believe he does do something differently because he’s an anesthesiologist and Dr. Outlaw isn’t. So, I’m stuck with the $250/five minute consult, with no idea how much the actual procedure will cost. To add more fun to this whole process, I went to my chiro yesterday. That was all fine and dandy until…
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Tuesday – The Day It All Gets Decided

Tuesday – The Day It All Gets Decided

Tomorrow, I see the “fancy pants” orthopedic surgeon. If you’d seen his CV, you know why we called him fancy pants. He’s taught, taken seminars, studied, etc., all over the world. Okay, all of the really fabulous places you’d want to see in the world, if you were a doctor studying or teaching: Switzerland; Spain; Montreal; Waikoloa, Hawaii; Boston; Miami, New York; San Francisco; Holland; Santa Fe; Italy; Venezuela; Japan; South Africa, et al. And this CV I ran across is five years old. By now, he’s probably hit every point on the globe. Although, come to think of it, is there any time for surgery? So, tomorrow we hit the waiting room of zero gravity chairs and vending machines. I imagine I’ll get an idea of how quickly this…
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I Hate Alcohol

I Hate Alcohol

No, not on general principle or anything. But last night, I thought I’d have a tasty mint chocolate cookie boozy beverage and all it did was make me feel crappy. Alcohol is almost always a huge disappointment to me. No joyous drunkenness, just a slight feeling of nausea and a headache. I wanna be like the cool kids and have a drink every now and then, but it just makes me feel lousy. But just now, I downed a bottle of Gatorade (original flavor) and I feel great. In fact, I want more. Perhaps someone should study my genetics, because maybe it could be injected into alcoholics to help balance out whatever alcohol-enjoying genetics they have. I’m serious. Even in my younger days, when my parents would go away for…
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Time Change? What Time Change?

Time Change? What Time Change?

I think this is the first time I was ever taken by surprise by the time change. Too weird. We were watching the Leafs game last night (and I still love them, despite the abysmal blowout) and one of the announcers mentioned something about the time change. Leigh-Ann and I looked at each other, “Really? Is it this weekend?” We still weren’t sure until we woke up this morning to our omniscient computer clocks, which changed for us. Since we had so much extra time this morning, we decided to go out for a special once every couple of years treat - breakfast at McDonald’s. Plus, since Starbucks is in the same parking lot, we of course had to go there too. I have never seen our Starbucks so crowded…
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Dr. Outlaw And The Case Of The Very Very Boring Waiting Room

Dr. Outlaw And The Case Of The Very Very Boring Waiting Room

I was just too exhausted yesterday to tell you the story of really what didn’t happen. I thought I was scheduled for a steroid injection in my spine. I was all prepared - I smelled pretty and I had pretty, yet not slutty, underwear on. Instead, we sat in the horrid waiting room with generally a skanky group of people for almost two hours before we saw the doctor. For that, we got up at 6:45 am. C’mon people, let’s have some common sense - don’t make people get up early if you’re just going to make them sit in uncomfortable chairs when they’re already in pain. Serious bonus points for the surgeon I see on November 8th - he has four zero gravity chairs in his waiting room. They…
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Back In Black…And White And A Little Grey

Back In Black…And White And A Little Grey

Ugh, the day lasted forEVER. We first went and picked up my MRI and my x-rays, then we went to the first consult. Very nice office, with four (yes, FOUR) big leather anti-gravity chairs in the waiting room. Also, commendations from all over the world on the walls. And vending machines in the waiting room too. Bonus points for him. Although, I haven’t met him yet (real appt is 11/8), so we’ll see. Then, we had to kill time before the next appointment, so we went to PetsMart to buy Cricket a new Comfort Zone refill. She hasn’t been happy about me leaving so often. Then, off to Borders. I had to be at the second doctor’s appointment at 3p, even though my appointment was at 3:30p. I, uh, signed…
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Minor Update – Pooch & Human

Minor Update – Pooch & Human

Cricket is still doing well while taking her Rimadyl. Even when Phoenix jumped on her back while they were playing, she still didn’t limp. She snarled and acted like she wanted to fight, which is the closest they’ve ever come to fighting, but her leg held up. Breaking up snarly little dogs is SO much easier than breaking up snarly big dogs. Snarly big dogs, you have to let them finish or try to distract them by throwing plastic trash cans at them...not that we’ve ever done that, no sirree. Little dogs, you can quickly swipe at them, while making sure they don’t bite you. Or at least, that’s what you can do with Phoenix & Cricket. Other little dogs might bite you, I don’t know. A me update -…
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Jobs I’ve Had…And Probably Quit

Jobs I’ve Had…And Probably Quit

May as well start at the very beginning.  I started babysitting when I was 11, for the infant across the street.  It’s a bit freaky to think that infant is now 30.  I did a lot of babysitting in my teens and early twenties.  From kids across the street, to spending a week with an NBC ad exec’s kids while he and his wife went to the Olympics.  Their kids were great and all I had to do was make sure they got up for school, then I could go to work afterwards.  I made great money that week.  I think they paid me like $500.  Or maybe it was $300.  Anyway, it didn’t matter - they had nice kids, a great house and they lived closer than I did to my…
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More Doctor Fun – Admit It, You Just Can’t Get Enough

More Doctor Fun – Admit It, You Just Can’t Get Enough

After much reading, talking to my chiropractor a second time and talking to my brother (a chiropractor), it sounds pretty much like surgery is unavoidable. When you get two chiropractors saying, “Yeah, that’s pretty bad, I think you’ll need surgery”, that’s fairly definitive. Chiropractors very rarely want anyone to go the surgical route, if they can be helped any other way. So, I have a consult with an orthopedic surgeon on November 8th, the earliest appointment I could get. Next week, I have to go to his office for a twenty minute consult with someone on his staff. I guess to see if I’m worthy or something. Anyway, I’m hoping that maybe that consult can get my appointment with the doctor moved up. My hope for seeing the sports medicine…
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Answers On Monday?

Answers On Monday?

My doctor seems a tad, let’s say, concerned about the fact that I haven’t progressed with treatment. When I went to see him today, I asked him for a referral to an MD to get pain meds because this kind of constant pain is kind of wearing on me. I’ve had some pretty horrible back pain off and on over the past ten years or so, but it’s always gotten better after a couple of days. This time, every time I think it’s better, all I have to do is walk down the stairs to realize, it’s not going away. Tonight, I did feel a little better than last night, so I’m happy about that and a bit hopeful. Anyway, the chiro had a referral, but the MD won’t be…
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