Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It Helps Having Friends in High Places!

In the continuing saga of my pitiful existence...

It turns out I have friends in high places! Always handy! That's one of the advantages of living long enough to have accumulated a variety of acquaintances in a variety of professions. My physician friend had his office call up the orthopedist's office and got me an appointment for this afternoon. Yay!

Of course, the orthopedist was looking at me funny and I know what he was probably thinking... "Stuck up bitch made me open up a spot for her when she had a perfectly good appointment for next week!" He kinda looked like this:

House has Zombie eyes! Run!

But not quite as scary as House. I'm sure House would have just called me a "whiny butt" to my face and walked away after knocking my crutches out from under me with his cane. But this guy was more polite. He didn't say a thing. Maybe it was his way of protecting his self esteem by not admitting my friends were more important than his friends. Whatever...

But, to be fair, he was very nice and told me he thought I had been managing very well in the last 5 years since I tore my ACL & MCL. He said I could get rid of the immobilizer, but that I had to keep the crutches. GRRRRR. I hate crutches. But since the immobilizer was causing a rash on my leg, I suppose the crutches are the better choice.

And, I get to go back to physical therapy for a few visits to strengthen what muscles I have left in my knee. Physical therapy is kind of like torture as far as I'm concerned.

Wikipedia photo of torture
rack in the Tower of London.
I remember seeing this the
last time I had PT.

Seriously, this is probably what I have to look forward to.

I'll most likely be attached to all sorts of implements of torture over the next few weeks. Damn!

Plus the doctor gave me a note so I could go back to work. He actually asked how soon I wanted to go back. While it would have been nice to have a "get out of work free" card, it's also good to make some money to pay for all the medical expenses I'll be incurring, what with the emergency room visit and PT and such. So I'll be heading back in tomorrow after PT.

Besides, left to my own devices, I'd probably just fall down the stairs again at home anyway from complacency and sheer boredom. Going back to work will keep me out of trouble.


Little Ms Blogger said...

Crutches are the worst. I've never been able to manage them and walk at the same time.

You're right -- it pays to know people in high places when it comes to medical issues. Even better when you know someone within the system to help you through the layers of bull.

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Well, we don't want you throwing yourself down the stairs again! How's that black eye??

IndigoWrath said...

OI! CATLADY! Take care of yourself. If you don't, Dr. Roth will insist on a full body cast. With Dr. Pepper nearby, BUT NO STRAWS. Tough Love meets Cruel And Unusual. Indigo

otin said...

Aw, you are making me fell so bad for you! :(

Oh My Goddess said...

I'm a massage therapist in real life, and I know how horrible you must feel! But stay away from anyone who wants to do deep tissue work on you. Be gentle. Please take care!

ReformingGeek said...

I still say the crutches can be weapons. Be careful out there. I really DON'T want to visit you in prison. ;-)

Anonymous said...

One other reason we moved down from a 3rd floor flat! Ouchies! Um...I mean...sending more healing rays :)

Janice said...

Good for you, Rainbow Eye...going back to work.

K a b l o o e y said...

I'm a bit of a massage masochist so I love the deep tissue work. Hurts so good. Anyway, glad you won't be rashy anymore. Be careful with the crutches and good luck for a speedy recovery.

gayle said...

Oh I am so glad you got to see the doctor!!! Maybe you won't have to use the crutches to much longer!!

Ronda Laveen said...

I always love it when one doctor can trump another. It is such a lovely game of "professional courtesy" that they play.

Advantage: CatLady!

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Reckon I'm early, for once, for TT! What a great post on your upcoming... vacation? -J

nonamedufus said...

Boy, some people will do anything to get out of work. Take care Cat Lady and I hope you recover quickly.

Anonymous said...

It's best to stay clear of that nasty house anyways...never know when it will try and kill you again!

Jewel said...

You should have seen my 18 year old varsity soccer player son on crutches after he broke his ankle. He made all the nurses in the Emergency Room scream, including the big macho male one. Have you ever seen long-jump done on crutches?

CatLadyLarew said...

Little Ms. Blogger: I may not be able to use crutches well, but when I'm not on crutches I can usually walk and chew gum at the same time. It's just a shame there's so much bull to have to shovel through! Why can't they be nice to everybody instead of just kowtowing to the upper echelons?

Lee: The eye is looking worse instead of better at the moment. Now it's all dark purple. Can't wait till it turns green & yellow!

Indigo: Talk about torture! Full body cast with DP temptingly close, but just out of reach? You are pure evil with your tough love!

otin: Isn't that the whole point... to get people to feel sorry for me? It must be working! (But I don't think I'll be throwing myself down the stairs on a monthly basis.)

Massage Goddess: I'm actually getting a massage from Nanodance this afternoon, but she's already told me she won't touch my knee. Just some good relaxation and centering for the goal today!

Reffie: I'm practicing my Kung Fu moves with the crutches. (Just keeping up my skills for the Big House!)

Subby: Ahhh.... I can feel the warmth of those healing rays you're sending! Thanks!

Janice: Rainbow eye... I like that!

K a b l o o e y: I'll let Nanodance maul me for my next massage after this one. As you say... hurts so good!

Gayle: Just got back from my first PT appointment with my list of exercises. First goal is to get rid of the dastardly crutches!

Ronda: Nice to meet you! Advantage definitely the CatLady today... makes me feel empowered!

Harnett-Hargrove: I feel like all my postings this week apply to the theme "Friend!" Lucky me!

Dufus: Yeah, you and I are both making up pretty flimsy excuses these days! Hope you are well!

frigginloon: Yeah, at least I can see the four-year-olds coming... the house, not so much.

Jewel: Maybe long-jump boy can come over and give me lessons?

Brian Miller said...

you know the bright spot in all of got an OMG award. smiles. hope all is well soon!

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

Stop complaining! Some people pay cash money to get treated like this. Not me, of course. Really. I swear.

Janie said...

Love the House Zombie photo.
I, too, have experienced physical therapy that resembles medieval torture. Good luck with that.
Congrats on the OMG award!

julochka said...

house would also have given you a lumbar puncture and perhaps an MRI, just for good measure. :-) but he's a hottie. i'd love to be insulted by him any day...even if he does have zombie eyes.

CatLadyLarew said...

Brian: So did you! Congrats!

Mike: Bitch, bitch, bitch... that's all I ever do.

Janie: I never realized he had such creepy eyes! Congrats to you as well, fellow award winner!

julochka: I love House, myself... there's just something about him...

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