After dropping Kirsten off at school, I noticed a small, but sharp pain in my right shoulder as I closed my vehicle door. While the pain was not much, I recognized what it was immediately. I have had it before and it usually gets much worse before it gets better.
I have written about this pain and what it does to me in two posts which can be read here.
That Which Doesn't Kill You, Makes You Realize How Old You Are
My Experiment With Steroids
Despite having only first felt the beginnings of this pain yesterday morning, the intensity grew quickly over the course of the day and I seriously considered if it would be worth chopping my arm off once I had been in bed for a couple of hours. Laying down allows more blood to go to the area and it begins to throb, shooting pain down my entire arm and into my back. The slightest movement multiplies the intensity.
I pushed through the night deciding to go to the emergency room in the morning. I had learned from previous experiences, that there is no point in going to my doctor, since it would take a week to get in and by then I would be dead...or wishing I was. Same thing.
Since I had taken Adam to the hospital on several occasions (here, here, here and here), I thought he might jump at the chance to get to do the same for me. When I called him, he came over immediately. He was happy to return the favor and said so several times.
There was also a second reason I had called him. I still had full use of my other arm. I was perfectly capable of driving myself. After all, I had just driven my daughter to school. The previous times I had been to the E.R. for this problem, they asked me if I had driven myself. When I responded that I had, they responded, "Then we won't give you this shot."
the good stuff. The ultra-super-feel-good-floating-in-the-clouds-meeting-Jesus shot. Since the pain in my shoulder is so sharp and intense, a regular painkiller does not begin to touch it, but they promised me this stuff would. I would explain that I only lived 2 blocks from the hospital. They could give it to me as I was walking out the door and I would go straight home. They declined saying that they didn't want to be the reason that I had to meet Jesus that day and never be allowed to leave. You know, because I died in an accident. The joke makes sense in my head.
Since I was in terrible pain and they had not given me the shot on previous visits because I was driving, I wanted Adam to take me so I could get it and then go back home and sleep. Because of the events of yesterday's post, Adam was going to see another doctor today. Knowing they might do a procedure on his feet or the abscesses, he had taken several strong painkillers. Thus, my attempt at staying safe behind the wheel of a car was diminished as soon as I hopped in with him. Nevertheless, he drove me in his self-induced haze.
Since I was not yet in the horrible pain as last time I was there, I was in a much better mood. And having had no sleep due to my shoulder, I had trouble following a logical line of thought.
Admitting Nurse: Are you allergic to anything?The on-call doctor informed me that he has never given the steroid shot into the bursa sac of the shoulder before and was not comfortable attempting it on me. I readily agreed. He did set me up with some anti-inflammatory drugs and some painkillers to help me sleep through the night. This means it will take longer to heal and get my range of motion back, but I will be on the mend instead of it intensifying any further.
Me: Just keep cats out of this room.Nurse: We don't allow cats in the hospital.
Me: That's good. It would probably violate some health codes.Nurse: Anything else.
Me: Local laws, maybe. I don't know.
Nurse: Do you have a living will?
Me: No. I am going to live forever.Nurse: No, you won't.
Me: Yes, I will.Nurse: No, you will not. Everyone dies.
Me: I never have. Adam, have you?Adam: Never. Not once!
Me: Ma'am, I have been pushed off a railroad bridge, fallen out of moving cars and even took an axe in the head. I have never even broken a bone. I will live forever.Nurse: No, you will die.
Me: Your bedside manner sucks.
Discharge nurse: Do you know your name?They eventually escorted us out and despite Adam's Facebook post giving people the impression that I was dying, I am fine. I am still in a lot of pain since it takes a while for the anti-inflammatory meds to start taking effect, but I should see some improvement by tomorrow morning. I was referred to an orthopedic doctor to see if we can prevent this from happening again.
Me: Why wouldn't I know my name?Nurse: What's your name?
Me: What's your name?Nurse: My name is Karen.
Me: Correct.Nurse: Tell me your name.
Me: Don't you have it on the paper your holding?Nurse: Yes, but I need to verify it.
Me: Didn't I give you my driver's license earlier?Nurse: Yes, you did.
Me: Did you lose it?Nurse: No. I have it right here.
Me: Well, I am sure it is correct.Nurse: What's your name?
Me: The same as my license.
Followup from yesterday's post: Adam saw a surgeon today who scheduled him an appointment for tomorrow. He will be in surgery to get the abscesses drained and the staples removed from his foot that were missed during his last surgery four years ago. After recovery, he should be in a lot less pain.