Notice -- WHINE ALERT!
As I stated in my last blog: on Tuesday I did the chiropractic appt. and afterward went to the Clinic I saw 5 days after the ladder fall to get a referral for physical therapy. I was refused the referral: the doctor said she "wasn't comfortable" giving me a referral because "You didn't have any X-rays." WELL, WHOSE FAULT WAS THAT? (Mine, apparently!)
As a result of that I made an appointment with my primary care physician (45 miles away) AND rescheduled the physical therapy appointment for Monday, Sept. 8. I mean, all I want is a fricking REFERRAL! Figure Primary Care Physician knows me well enough to just write a script for the physical therapy.
Alas -- NO! Primary Care doctor ALSO won't send me to physical therapy without further intervention! But here's what she did:
* Told me to stop the Chiropractic immediately. I am always in more pain after I'm "manipulated" and she thinks he's exacerbating my pain & inflammation.
* Did a thorough exam of my hip/back/side area to see what hurt. Thinks it could be a fracture in the sacral area, so sent me to an imaging clinic to get 10 x-rays. Apparently these fractures are common as a result of a fall "from a great height, especially in older people."
* Gave me a shot of some sort of anti-inflammatory/pain med -- I'm feeling the best I've felt in two weeks!
* Gave me a prescription for Celebrex and a muscle relaxant.
As soon as she gets the results of the xrays we will have a plan of action. She is not opposed to physical therapy as long as I don't have a fracture, which will require different treatment.
I feel hopeful we have a good plan this time....nearly three weeks after the fall, only 5 weeks before I leave for Nepal...this is a pretty tense time for me. At least I'm doing everything I can, and if I have to cancel the trip because of the fall I should have all my bases covered to collect on our trip insurance. I've already told TC he may have to go without me, and he looked like he might be tempted to do so!
I'm doing fine with my eating; not gaining, which is a success by itself. When I feel the need to eat when I shouldn't, I tell myself: HUNGER IS NOT AN EMERGENCY! RIDE IT OUT AND YOU WILL REALLY ENJOY YOUR NEXT MEAL!!! (this is what I learned from Judith Beck's book, "The Beck Diet Solution: Train your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person.")
So that's it from my Corner of the Universe! I'm feeling encouraged that I'm in good hands. Sorry this blog is all over the place.
Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend, and STAY THE COURSE! Hugs to all!!!