Thanks, White Beard!
Yeah, unfortunately that was the first appointment that I could get. It's a small hospital, and I don't think they do procedures like this every day, as I'm pretty sure the last time I was there they told me that all the joint and spinal contrast injections are only done by one specific radiologist. I looked into going elsewhere (one of the hospitals in a bigger city an hour and a half away), but my insurance will only cover 100% if it is done at our local hospital or the one a couple towns over (they had an even longer wait, and that hospital is also a bit sketchy). I did ask to be put on the cancellation list, though, so maybe something will come up sooner...
My ortho did look at my back today when I went in for a recheck of my knee. He was definitely concerned about
the weakness and severity of the pain, but he said that he was still optimistic that this will resolve on it's own within another couple weeks. He put me back on steroids, even though I didn't think that they helped. And he told me to call him if I can't get in with the neurosurgeon, and he'd be happy to see me again or try to facilitate things with the neurosurgeon for me, which was really nice.
It's been a very long week, and I am so ready for it to be over. I'm thankful that my chief, residents, and techs on my current rotation have all been super understanding and empathetic. Unfortunately, the students on this rotation have not been the same. One in particular has been super obnoxious to me about
the other students having had to occasionally help out with some very minor (and fast and easy) treatments on my inpatient while I was away at doctors appointments or physical therapy. And this afternoon the same girl essentially screamed at me in front of all the other students when I had to ask for another student to volunteer to come in to help with treatments tonight (per my chief's request -- not mine -- as we have multiple inpatients and he felt that even though I was assigned to treatments tonight, I could not take care of them all by myself in my current state (he was right)) about
how unfair it is, and how if the other students have to pick up my (very minimal) slack, I have no place being on clinics at all (ummm, what does she think would happen if I wasn't there AT ALL?? Then there WOULD be some MAJOR slack to pick up!!). I've honestly never been with such a nasty group of students. Usually there is a great atmosphere of team work, and everyone is more than willing to help out when someone is in trouble, because they would want that person to do the same for them if and when the situation was reversed! All I can say is that I hope these folks never have a serious health problem that interferes with their work, or God-forbid, when they are out in the real world, they never have an employee that gets hurt or calls in sick!
Ugh, anyways, one more day of dealing with them. Sorry for venting, that whole situation just pushed me over the edge today. And it doesn't help that tomorrow I have to meet with another clinician about
possibly having to take my next rotation off or modify it in some way to accommodate for my back problems, and I ALREADY heard another student complaining about
THAT this morning (I had sent the next group of students an email last night to let them know that I may or may not be on the rotation & so it might affect the on-call schedule). What am I supposed to say? I'm sorry that my serious health issues are making life a little less convenient for you?! :-p
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