Today was supposed to be the big day where I’d have two MRIs of my spine and one of my left arm to figure out what was wrong with various parts of my body. I get there, and when I talk to the ultrasound technician, we have this conversation. “We need the pants off.” “For an arm ultrasound?” The neurologist told me, in person, that I would be getting an ultrasound for my arm, but…
My appointment with the foot doctor turned out well, with one exception, and I’ve taken now two Diclofenac, and maybe between the relief of not having another bad doctor or tomorrow’s MRI helping reveal what’s wrong with my body, I’m feeling good. Or maybe it’s all the fish and chips I had after my appointment to celebrate? Either way, I’m looking forward to some good news over the next two weeks from these scan results.
I’ve completed my research for everything related to my foot MRI the day before talking to the foot doctor about my foot swelling. Through 4 videos and 8 hours, I learned about the three impressions that the radiologist wrote regarding my patient care, which I’ll summarize as: there’s swelling in the structure and the skin possibly caused by pockets in two parts of my foot. How I decrease that swelling is up to this doctor to inform.
One thing I couldn’t understand regarding my former PCP’s referrals was how aggressively rude all of the receptionists were that took my referral calls. Why did they all act like I was a criminal for having the audacity to schedule appointments with them? Today, while I was calling to schedule an appointment about my foot, I realized why. This hospital only appreciates referrals from within the hospital. Any other referring doctor is, probably, immediately suspicious.
I’m reaching my physical limit for pain. Each day my pain tolerance increases significantly to the point where when my tailbone flares up frequently as I stand, sit, or do anything, the pain is significant and severe, yet I can’t do anything else but continue. My body is becoming inflamed. I’m hurting but when I lay down to rest, different parts of my body hurt. I hope these upcoming MRIs will help with my diagnoses.
It was a good thing I sent a message out to the neurologist after I got the scans done, or maybe things would have happened without my message, but this morning the results came in with some rather complex medical terminology. My neurologist replied to my message about a half-hour later saying this was more of a muscularskeletal issue, which, unfortunately is more of the same hot potato patient experience, with many some positive exceptions?
I received an email this morning saying that my foot MRI had been approved, so, I called to see when I could get my appointment scheduled. The schedulers at this hospital are all pretty bad, but this one was able to get me in at the last minute. I had plans in the early afternoon, but, went in to get the scan, waited through the scan, and got home without much difficulty, so that’s nice.
After completing both of my large community projects, I realized I was in a unique position to talk about failure, having recently won and lost two contests, along with a long-form comic, all of which I used as the foundation for exploring casual or deep topics at length. With all of these projects complete, I am now deciding how I want to continue with certain art projects. The focus shouldn’t stray far from the self.
I’m finally done with the Princep comic I started in August 2020. This was my longest backlogged art entry – I have two more short stories I need to finish up, but now that this is out of the way, I can focus on smaller projects. I’ve also learned the discipline to complete large projects like this – but more importantly, I’ve learned not to to bite off more than I can chew with big projects like this.
I got almost all of my current healthcare concerns resolved today. I will need to call a different organization about the parking, and at that point I do wonder how much labor it’s worth to get $6 of parking validation reimbursed against time and labor I put into that, but I received the sort of advisement I figured I would receive about the pain management doctor. I filed the complaint and will see a new doctor…