Today I Was White #18

So, I went to the doctor today. For my hand.

Let me back that up.

First, I went to three pharmacies and two medical supply stores looking for a hand splint, since my homemade splint I made using a paper plate rather sucked.

It lessened the discomfort for sure, but ace bandages irritate the hell out of my skin. Pain is preferable to wanting to claw my skin off, I’ve discovered.

So, in search of a splint I went out and turned up empty handed. I found the splint I thought I needed (assuming I have a hairline fracture) online. Why, why, why can’t any of these stores carry it?

Hell.

Fine, I’ll go to the urgent care, get an x-ray, and hopefully get a splint. They’ll have splints, right?

I stopped by the first urgent care in our town.

“We don’t take Aetna insurance. But you can pay out of pocket, if you want,” the lady at the front desk told me.

Um, no.

So I went to the other urgent care. And they aren’t open on Wednesdays.

Fuck.

I called my husband. “Are you happy? I tried going to not only one doctor, but two! And it was a waste of time!”

After a bit of back and forth, he convinced me to go to the urgent care about an hour away. He then pointed out that I could wait to see my primary care doc tomorrow after I griped about the time, but I was like whatever. I was determined to get shit handled today.

So I drove up there, signed in, and was given this:

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I smirked when the lady up front handed me this. Surely they weren’t calling people back by numbers, like the freaking DMV?

Surely, I was wrong.

“Yellow #2, you’re up!” a nurse called, and a person with a yellow card that had the number two on it stood up. White was for a doctor visit, yellow was a nurse visit, and pink was emergency.

So I waited a little while and the voice came “…18!” I assume she said “white” and I just didn’t hear it. After I went back, I let the nurse know what was up and then the doctor came back.

“Wow! Those knuckles are really pink!” she said while examining them, referring to the second and third fingers (or first and second, I can’t remember if the thumb counts as one), plus noted some swelling.

I did the x-ray and had to do basically gang signs for the technician, which I pointed out. The technician wasn’t amused.

The doctor came back shortly thereafter. “Good news, no break! I don’t know what’s wrong with your hand, but maybe it’s a deep bruise?” she asked.

“Maybe a hairline fracture that didn’t show up?” I counter questioned.

“Probably!” she said very perkily. “Don’t worry about it though, I’ll give you some Tramadol and it’ll be fine in a few days.”

“Would a splint possibly help?” I asked, knowing it would. I had done my reading.

“Um…it could, but you don’t have to use one.” In other words, I wouldn’t be getting a decent splint from there. “Just take the pain medication, and you’ll feel fine!”

All righty, then.

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46 thoughts on “Today I Was White #18

  1. Just hand out the pills. They don’t care if you are more comfortable or not. Getting to be the norm.

    I remember when the ERs would automatically give you an IV of pain meds if you went in in pain, not the last time. They handed me two Tylenol. Big whoop, Tylenol does nothing, nothing at all for me.

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  2. Wow. As a future PT I am super offended by this. If they aren’t sure what, exactly, is wrong they really should err on the side of caution. And a splint is no biggie, so they def should have offered – especially after you explicitly asked! Ugh! Heal quickly โค

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  3. What a crock of sheeeeeeet. And Dr McPerky Pants says “You’ll be fine!” Asinine…You DEFF should have been given a splint JUST IN CASE AND INSURANCE WILL BE PAYING FOR IT.. sorry for the shouty letters. I’m infuriated for you ๐Ÿ˜ก

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  4. oh!oh! i have a bat. why a bat you ask? use it to hit your head and the pain in the hand goes away.

    i’m kinda surprised you didn’t get the standard,

    doctor! doctor! it hurts when i do this.
    to which the doctor replies, “well, don’t!”

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  5. Don’t you hate it…take a pill, you’ll be better, no splint needed even though it might help…AHHHH I have issues with the medial field….at one of my labs I have to visit they give you a card, like from a deck of cards and write the card on your paper work, clubs 4 or diamonds 8…I always yell Bingo when my name gets called….makes me smile…I don’t really care what anyone else thinks…LOL Hope your hands better, get a stiffer piece of cardboard for you splint…if it feels better to immobilize it I would…

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  6. Please be careful taking Tramadol with your other meds. I don’t want to alarm you or cause any extra anxiety, but Serotonin Syndrome is a potential side effect with the combination of Tramadol and antidepressants.

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  7. I wonder if your doctor was related to the one I saw a few months ago. I went in concerns for needing a diabetic testing. Had symptoms, runs in the family, etc. This “practicing” doctor told me that the lower muscular pain in my leg was probably due to a lack of potassium and my blurry vision was probably dehydration. The daily banana and my water cooler at work must be fired. After all, these doctors know what’s best right?

    Looks like you have the situation under control at least.

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  8. I’ll try not to let this turn into a full-blown rant, but I’m an American living in Britain, where the National Health System’s in the process of being shredded by the Conservative government so that corporations (many of them American) can swoop in and recreate the wonders of American for-profit medicine. Up to now, the NHS has been a wonder: the whole country has full coverage, from GP visits to major operations. None of them cost a cent. Most people pay a relatively small amount for prescriptions (that can mount up, but still, compared to the US? it’s small). There are problems, though, and some of them are becoming more serious as the budget’s cut and the system re-disorganized. Reading the papers, though, would leave you thinking that if only the wisdom of the US corporations could be brought to bear all that would be straightened out. It makes me want to scream.

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    • Wow, that really sucks. It’s a shame that people are believing the lie that the American healthcare is what they need to aspire to. Between what my husband pays in premiums and what his employer pays, we pay about $18,000 per year for mediocre insurance and still have to pay copays, meet our deductible, etc. And we’re doing better than most. Why anyone would aspire to that is beyond me.

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      • Mostly because they don’t have any idea what it would be like. They see the shiny new hospitals and think they’ll all get top-notch care. They don’t know about copays and preexisting conditions and the cost of insurance. And the people at the top? They think they’ll make money out of it, and I’m sure they’re right. It’s a disgrace.

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        • Shame people are latching onto that without knowing the facts. One of the guys running for president next year is hoping to set up a single-payer system in America. It’s a long shot, but I’m hopeful. It’s so disgusting to know how many people need basic care and have no access.

          [I think pre-existing conditions may not be a thing anymore thanks to the Affordable Care Act (unless there are some exemptions).]

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        • I’ve been out of the country, living in Britain, too long to follow the details of the Affordable Care Act. I’m glad to hear pre-existing conditions have been consigned to the Bad Old Days.

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