Another Week of Medical Nonsense

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On a sad note, the final bloom fell off my Christmas cactus this week. It’s been blooming constantly since December third, trying to perk me up, and it was finally just worn out. I’m going to repot it as a reward as soon as I find a super-cute pot at Goodwill.

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I’ve found a new Netflix addiction to replace Nip/Tuck, which I finished last week. I started watching that one just for the surgery scenes, but was quickly snagged by all the quirky patients and plot twists. Now I’m watching House, MD.

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I laughed through nearly the entire first episode of House, since it so perfectly captures the dark humor necessary to work in the medical field. But then I became angry. Just because someone takes prescription pain medication for medically documented pain does not make them a drug addict. That’s like calling a diabetic a drug addict because they need to take insulin daily. I’m at a point in the series where I’m over being angry, though, and can go back to enjoying it. Just had to vent a bit.

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While we’re on the topic of pain, I’ll mention that I did follow up with the pain management doc I was seeing to discuss having a nerve stimulator implanted. He expressed doubts that having the implant would diminish my pain at all, so I passed. He was also a bit shocked when I insisted I didn’t have any lower back pain on a regular basis. Once I saw his copy of my recent MRI I understood why.

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I do not have a single lumbar vertebral disc that is not herniated. And I have moderate to severe stenosis at every single level. I guess I am probably having low back pain, but my neck pain is so much worse that I just don’t notice it. Since I’ve never haad spinal trauma, I’m only forty-seven, and I have no family history of spinal problems I wonder if this is some sort of never-before-identified syndrome. If so, I want it named after me, not some doctor. ┬áBallard Syndrome has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? Or perhaps something a bit more memorable for medical students . . . Jammie Girl Syndrome?

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My short-tern memory loss seems to be getting worse, since I looked at my calendar for this week and saw “Lisa – walk” on Friday and had no idea what it meant or any memory of writing it there. I finally called Lisa and she asked me to come over on Friday and walk her dog with her. Those are the kind of things good friends do when someone is obviously losing their mind.

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I had a really stellar moment earlier this week. I’d let the dogs out for a potty break, and Sam squatted first. Boss trotted over and lifted his leg right next to her, so I yelled out, “Don’t pee on your sister.” I looked up to see my neighbor (he of the perfectly-manicured lawn and perfectly-trained dog) looking at me and smiling. I fake-smiled and waved in return, pretending I didn’t care I was wearing my son’s basketball-print pajama pants and a bleach-splattered T-shirt I’d slept in at noon. Screw it. He probably has a perfect MRI, too.

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9 thoughts on “Another Week of Medical Nonsense”

  1. I loved watching House! I do think the first few seasons are better than the last few though. Let me know what you think.

    1. Yeah, it’s losing steam where I am now, but has yet to jump the shark. I hate it when they try to keep a series going longer than it should.

  2. #7: HA! That is awesome.

    We don’t have time to watch series of any kind but my husband did watch House in an earlier, less crazed time. It’s on the list of shows we have to start over and go all the way through…along with the Mentalist.

    1. I think that’s the beauty of Netflix – we can watch great series later on when we have time for them. I had NO time for TV when Buffy the Vampire Slayer was actually on TV, but was able to watch it last year and really enjoy it!

  3. My neck pain trumps it all too! I’ve decided that there are evil little buggars living inside jack hammering away in mine. I love the “don’t pee on your sister” moment. Funny how we never seem to notice the neighbor until after those kind of moments! xxxx

    1. I know exactly what you mean! After being asked to “describe the pain” for the millionth time I’d just love to say, “One huge hand is squeezing the back of my neck as hard as it can while the other sticks an ice pick between my shoulder blades”.

  4. I also loved the “don’t pee on your sister” moment. Reminds me of the time I told my dog: “You can pee on it but you can’t eat it.” Then I looked up and noticed the person walking nearby…luckily, a total stranger.
    Did you ever see the movie “Ink”? I just learned about it and watched it, and liked it a lot.

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