That’s where I’m at... the hand dr says it’s my neck and the neck dr (neurosurgeon) says it’s my hands. I know it’s both! But now the orthopedic surgeon (hand dr) wants to go back to square one. The pain is more my neck... but the puffy numbness I feel is my hand. But I’ll be long gone from here before I’d get to the tests that I think would be beneficial. I’m determined now to change my domicile to maybe Arizona and try to get into the Mayo...So after 5 weeks of total hike verbot, I talked my physical therapist into "letting" me have one good walk, just to get a sense of how things are before my re-evaluation which is coming up tomorrow. If anything, it's worse than before treatment.
I wish I trusted these guys more. They don't communicate well and I seem to be caught in a turf war between two PTs (the one who actually seems to know what she's doing backed off the minute she realized she pissed the other one off, and now I'm having to beg for each round of a protocol that they've said is supposed to be done x number of times once you start it) ... I ask a million questions but the answers don't add up.
I've been at it about 10 weeks with these guys and ~5 weeks before that with some really bad PTs in a different shop. I had to push to get reassigned from the bad place, and I'm afraid if I complain to the doc again I'll get labeled a problem patient and really nobody will listen to me.
There's no mechanism at the PT shop for patients to express concerns (a bad sign, right? everybody has feedback systems these days) -- I've asked tons of questions and made plenty requests, but it's not helping. I keep trying to give them benefit-of-doubt, I know this is complicated and hard to understand, but yikes.
I'm religiously doing everything they ask, AND not doing everything they say not to do -- they'll never have a more compliant patient, I wish they'd meet me halfway. Meanwhile everything I planned for retirement is on hold, it all involved lots of walking and standing. And I am an absolute walking fool, it's the one thing I always did every day no matter what was going on, and sitting it out is making me loony tunes.
The only bright side is I discovered the city pool, so I'm going there as often as I can. (Not sure why none of these geniuses thought to recommend that.) I can do non weight bearing things so I do that and the stationary bike. And it was really gorgeous out there for my one sanctioned jailbreak today. \_(**)_/ that's something at least.
Sorry to be a downer thank you for listening!!!!!
I would be very curious tooThe thundershower held off until 3 this afternoon so at least I got some work done that required out of doors time. I need another month or three of just right mornings, not cold, hot, windy or rainy. But I was grateful for just this one while it lasted
Now the thunder has started its afternoon grumbling session. I did have a visitor this morning. A guy and his long haired chihuahua came by on his mountain bike. Just the typical person curious about my unusual travel trailer. We mostly talked about his dog who was a rescue he adopted.
Haha tell that to my PT.* She told me at my 2-month "re-eval" today that we should discontinue treatment because it wasn't working. (I'm 99% sure that is nuts. I think there's something really wrong with her but without making this post 10 pages long it's hard to explain.) She talked more like a lawyer trying to prove me wrong than a healthcare worker trying to fix things. Other times she talks like a student called on in class without having done the homework, just trying to blarney through. Maybe she is a space alien impersonating a PT, and the space aliens didn't send their A team. Alas, the owner seems to like her.it takes time
I have been in that end of May, WA state escape the city crowd many times. I have spent many hours riding the ferries from Bainbridge Island and Kingston during the years I owned houses on the peninsula side of Puget Sound. With the occasional ferry to Whidbey Island run to see family.That crazyness starts here last weekend. We watched as a zillion campers and trucks and vans and and .... filled the ferry system and campgrounds around us. Started last wed.