I don't know why I bother to go through these things.
Appointments with idiots mascarading as doctors.
A couple of months ago I went to the Rehabilitaion Center here in Ottawa and saw a physiotherapist. She asked me what I wanted from her
me: Well I'd like to be up and walking but if that isn't going to happen then I need to be fit as possible as long as I am using a wheelchair so I don't develop a lot of other problems.
her: so why ARE you using a wheelchair
me: well I have a lot of main and swelling in my feet (actually I was a little more technical with her than that)
her: and just for some pain in your feet you are using a wheelchair (she asks in a rather surprizing tone)
me: yes it makes standing and walking very difficult due to the pain
her: well I see no reason you should be using a chair
me: well if the source of the problem can be figured out then I wouldn't need the chair
her: So. We will get you up and walking. How did you get here today?
me: I came on the bus.
her: You mean Paratranspo (adapted buses)
me: No I came on the regular bus.
her: But how did you get the chair on the bus? (she sounds rather shocked that I could even get the wheelchair on the bus)
me: No the city of Ottawa has modified buses. They lower the front of the bus and a ramp folds out. I roll on and get into the designated spot for wheelchairs or scooters.
her: Really!! The buses can do that? (The nurse with us is also quite amaxed. But the intern obviously has seen this and informed them that I was correct. I think she would have thought me out of my head and delirious if the intern hadn't confirmed it.)
Now OK this is a doctor who works at a REHAB centre with people in WHEELCHAIRS. Hello. Has it really taken you this long to know that people in wheelchairs can take the bus!!!
Well she sends me home with some exercises that are supposed to help and tells me to ride a bike (Yup that one's really going to work.!!!
Now a word or two from another brilliant doctor. This time an Orthopedic Surgeon. This ain't no run of the mill doctor. He knows how to slice and dice. Now I should tell you that before I went I thought this was going to be a waste of time. I asked my GP if she still wanted me to go considering the MRI, the bone scan and the Xray all said there was nothing structurally wrong with my feet. She wanted me to go so being the cooperative person who really would like someone to find out what is wrong I rolled myself off to the surgeon.
First question out of his mouth
him: why are you in a wheelchair?
me: because of the pain in my feet.
him: you know you will be sorry you ever started using one?
me: well right now it is the only way I can manage and still get around.
(He spends 20 seconds looking at my Xray and another 20 seconds looking at all my test result.)
him: well your feet look like there is nothing wrong with them at all.
me: well the swelling has gone down with the increase in medication
him: oh. What kinds of medication?
me - I give him the list of what has been tried and what worked and what didn't
him: so right now your feet are doing OK. So you should get out of that chair and start walking (My eyes want to roll over in their sockets but I restrain myself
him: Has anyone ever "talked" to you about your feet?
him; OK you sit up on the table and I will look at your feet.
Now I need to add a little note here. Due to the medications and the fact that I have been staying OFF my feet they actually do look normal and I have been having very little pain. (But they won't for long. especially once he is through)
So he grabs a foot and starts pressing. I swear to God he found every single nerve in my fewet and found a way to irritate the hell out of them. (Think holding a flame under your skin to see how fast you react. I'm on the table yelling and he just keeps going. One spot after the other. I've had people check my feet before but never have I yelled like this.
Once he is done he says everything is normal and I should start walking and get rid of the chair.
Boom just like that.
My feet by this time are numb with the pain of it all. But not for long. This was on Wednesday. My feet are swollen and burning and I am in so much pain my GP had to increase my meds just so I could tolerate living until the results of his "examination" are gone.
Now when I saw my GP on Friday she checked my feet -- very very gently. She is very good and I trust her. But she touched one spot and I jumped. I think we were both surprised. Damn doctor had pressed so hard he bruised me.
Some days are just a pain.
Next test is a nerve conduction test to see if the nerves are noral. They get to electrocute me!!!!
It sounds worse than it is. They just want to know if the nerves are normal so they use electrodes to stimulate the muscles and nerves - from what I understand