One morning, several years ago, Mr Happy went to put on his shoes, but got ‘stuck’ with excruciating back pain. He had to lay on the ground, cancel work, and call a friend to take him to the doctor. He was completely disabled. But when he painfully limped into our doctor’s office and explained his symptoms, the doctor just shrugged and said,
“This is normal now that you’re getting older. Take some Nurofen and you’ll be fine.”
Mr Happy was only 27 then – hardly ‘getting older’! So we went to our chiropractor for a second opinion. He ordered a scan, which showed a severely bulging disc that was pressing on the nerve.
At the time, Mr Happy was fit and healthy, and so had had little experience with the medical world. He was stunned that a doctor could be so dismissive, so uninterested in finding out what is wrong, and fixing it. After all, isn’t that the purpose of a doctor? Continue reading “Out of the mouths of doctors”
When it comes to ‘stuff’, there’s an interesting dichotomy in my nature.
I’m the kind of girl who, if healthy, would happily spend hours browsing op shops and garage sales for interesting and beautiful things. I love repurposing objects; filling up an antique tin with freshly baked cookies for a gift, reusing part of a birthday card to make a cute tag, or turning an old piece of furniture into something attractive. Like these old pallets, turned into a glossy, colourful, visually textured table!
(No, sadly, this is not my table…but I can dream…)
Continue reading “I’m a minimalist hoarder…”
My own bed!
My own shower!
No one to wake me up in the middle of the night to check I’m doing okay! (Well, I was… until you woke me up!)
I’m home from my second pacemaker surgery, and can add another exhibit to my list (you can see exhibits A-D here, in my previous post where I wrote about the reason I feel anxious before surgery). Continue reading “Home, sweet home”
This is the second of two posts about navigating the medical system.
If you haven’t read part 1, you can find it here: Captain of your health (part 1) Otherwise, read on!
Phew! You got an appointment! After all that effort, the last thing you want to do now is waste it. So how do you get the most out of an appointment?
Continue reading “Captain of your health (part 2)”
I’ve been unwell for over a decade now. And still, every time I have an appointment with a doctor, there’s a little war inside of me. Continue reading “Which Doctor”
If a doctor’s time is gold, then receptionists are the dragons that guard it. This makes phone calls to doctors’ offices tricky. Continue reading “Dealing with dragons”