Saturday, July 28, 2007
Vacation Injury Follow Up
OK, I had my appt with Dr. Martin. I don't ever want to see him again, and here's why: He walks into the examination room with my MRI's in hand. Dr. Martin: I've got good news and bad news. (Seriously, that's what he said!) Me: Uh, OK. Dr. Martin: The good news is your rotator cuff is perfect. (He shows me on the MRI) Me: Then what is causing all of my pain? Dr. Martin: You have edema in your joint, and your bone. Me: Swelling in my bone? My bone is swelled? Dr. Martin: Yes. It's rare that we see this kind of injury outside of power-lifters. Me: Do I look like a power-lifter to you? Dr. Martin: Nope. It must have been one hell of a wave that knocked you over! Me: Still waiting for the good news, here! So I have an injury that is usually seen in those HUGE men (and women) that lift really heavy weights for sport. Yeah, that's not me. For those of you who don't know me, I try not to ever lift anything heavier than a Miller Lite bottle! When I told Kramer about the power-lifter comment from the doc, I thought he was going to croak! I've never seen him laugh that hard. I didn't think it was that funny, Kramer! So, the doc tells me that a shot of steroids into my shoulder joint should do the trick. Hmmm, can you first knock me out? Anyway, I wanted to make sure that my insurance would cover it, which it does. Next, I wanted to make sure that there would be no pain associated with this shot. Dr. Martin said, "No, it won't hurt." Then shook his head and said, "Well, maybe a little." At that point, I nearly started crying. You would think that I'd be ok around needles, having 3 tattoos. Yeah, not so much! Tattoos are on the surface. This needle looked like the barrel of a shotgun, and it was about the same length, too! He prepared my shoulder for the injection and then sprayed this stuff on it for about 15 seconds. He said it would 'freeze' the spot where the needle would go, so I wouldn't feel it. Well, it did freeze my skin, but somehow missed the layers under the skin. It still hurt! All of a sudden, the room is turning black, and I can't hear anything. Then I hear the doc say, "All done." The nurse had the smelling salts at the ready. She says, "I thought you were going out." I say, "Yeah, me too." Dr. Martin said I should feel better by Sunday. I asked him what happens if it doesn't work. He said if I'm still in pain in a couple of weeks, call him, and come back in. I was very clear with him that we would not revisit the large-bore needle in my shoulder again, and he assured me that he wouldn't. I was still in quite a bit of pain. More than I had been all week. So after dinner, I popped another Percocet and zoned out on the couch all night watching something on TV. (I'm sure it was something, but can't recall what.) And no, I didn't have a beer with it. I just drank ice water all night. Today, I'm still in a lot of pain, but hoping that tomorrow, it will miraculously be gone! I have a 4-year-old's birthday party to go to this afternoon, but it's at Peter Piper Pizza, so at least there'll be beer. I hope everyone has a great weekend!