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Mark Atwood
Another trip to the Doctor
Being tired of being late or almost late to important appointments, I gave myself plenty of time to get to Dr Travis's office. Kirkland to Ballard. And, of course, since I gave myself lots of slack, there were no traffic problems at all, and I got there over 40 minutes early.

I probably really ought to find a clinic closer to where I live. After all, I originally picked Olympic Medical because they were close to where I used to live. But I like Dr Travis so much, the drive is worth it.

There was an open wireless ethernet in the waiting room, with an essid of "wireless", running on a "Dell TrueMobile 1184". However, it apparently wasn't connected to the internet. Weird. So I passed the time updating my personal journal.

Then one of the medtechs called me back and did my vitals. My pulse is nice, 58bpm. Not bad for how bad I've been about doing cardio work. I had to spent a fairly long time being bored in the exam room before he came in. I described my pain, and the events that caused it, and he asked a bunch of elimination questions (I didn't fall because I fainted, I didn't leave any blood at the scene, no blood urine or stool, I didn't hit my head, etc etc). And then he poked and prodded at my hip and knee, tried having me move it against assorted resistances in assorted directions and dimensions, then he summoned an X-ray tech.

My clinic has an in-house large format X-ray machine. Cool.

Half an hour later we were looking at a neat picture of the right half of my pelvis.

There is *something* that *might* be a hairline fracture, but then it also might be a gaspocket in my colon. I probably just have a muscle strain, or a tendon sprain, or a maybe that hairline, or some combination.

If it hasn't started getting better after 10 days, I am to call him back, and he will order up a CT.

Either way, since I'm relatively young and healthy, and surgery inside the pelvis is difficult, painful, and fraught, even if it is a fracture, so long as I don't do something stupid and make it spread before it heals, there is no reason to go in and pin it.

So, no heavy leg exercises for me for 2 weeks at least.

One of my preferred places to eat in Ballard, Miyi's, has closed. Darn. So lunch instead was at Great Harvest, they had just taken some pesto bread out of the oven. With turkey and fresh organic greens, it was just heavenly.

The weather is just too too nice. If it were not that my screen washes out in sunlight, I would take my laptop out to the lawn around my workplace, and work there.
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tonyawinter From: tonyawinter Date: April 26th, 2004 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

The pain,

I twisted my ankle really bad at the grind over a month ago...
I mention this because it refused to get better for a couple of weeks, and then a friend of mine suggested I head to the nearest PCC and pick up some Arnica Montana. It comes in a little cylinder that you twist and some little white pellets fall into the cap, you then toss these into your mouth and let them dissolve. They don't taste bad... I used the 12c at 4 pellets per dosing at about 3 doses a day randomly. My ankle felt better two days later, completely better 5 days later. It was only $5 and I thought I'd let you know in case you wanted to give it a try.
wyckhurst From: wyckhurst Date: April 26th, 2004 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder what my pulse is because I'm The Cardio Queen. (I guess I could take it myself, duh!)

I am so behind on my friends list, so I'll read back but you fell???
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