I have had a couple of encounters with doctors in the past week now. The first one was when I was involved in a head on collision last Friday evening. I was just coming home from my son's bus stop after picking him up from there, and someone pulled out from a side street without looking or stopping and turned right into me, head on! I had to be pulled from my car on a back board, and taken to the hospital. They did all that because I had hit my head on the steering wheel and windshield, and because of my back problems, they didn't want to take any chances. After the hellish ambulance ride in that 10 ton truck,(it rode like that anyway, it was a one ton actually), I spent another 5 hours in the ER. I had the x-rays taken shortly after I got there, and the tech had to pull my arms down towards my waist to get a good shot of my neck because of this back board I'm still strapped to, and believe me, if you've ever been on one, you never forget it! They are horrible! Then I spent the next 4 hours waiting to see the doctor. I asked the nurses to take me loose from the board because it was killing me, but they refused, saying that the doc would be in shortly and do it. (right!!!) Well, after I had laid there for like 2 or 3 hours in complete agony, and I had felt how I was strapped down, I released the straps and rolled to my side to get some relief. I laid there like that for another hour before the doc finally came in and talked to me and my wife about the x-rays. He said that there were no fractures, bit I has severe degenerative disc disease in my entire back, (no kidding!!!) He told me that they would give me a shot of "Deloted", (I think that's how it's spelled, it's 20 times stronger than morphine). So after the nurse comes in to give it to me, she has me pull my pants down so she can shoot me in the butt. So now I'm laying there with my diaper and plastic pants exposed, and she say "this might hurt", she sticks it in and I never feel a thing, (because of the numb spots I now have thanks to my back surgeries). My wife was right there and she was amazed that I never flinched or felt anything, because the needle was 3 inches long and she said the nurse put it almost all the way in. Anyway, after another hour when the drug had started to work, they finally let me go home. So now I have this horrible neck pain from the impact, and my chin is all bruised from hitting the steering wheel, and I've got aches and pains all over my body as well. It's calmed down a lot in the last few days though, (thank God), so I'm pretty much back to normal.
My little Buick Skylark is totaled now though, but better it than me or my son. He escaped without any injuries, thank God. I'll try to post a few pics of it soon. I'm still trying to figure out how to compress them so they will fit here. Not having any luck at it.
Then yesterday, I had an appointment with a podiatrist, (foot doctor), that I had made 6 weeks ago to have a bad toenail removed. As I sat there he took this stuff that nearly freezes your skin, so you don't feel the needle going in to numb your toe. I watched him stick this 2 inch long needle almost all the way into my toe slowly, and never felt a thing, he was good! Then he just took a scalpel and ran it under what was left of my toenail and lifted it right off, and then put this acid stuff on a Q tip to kill the nail bed. He wrapped it up and that was that. I still don't feel any pain from it, and he had told me that I probably wouldn't. And am I glad for that! When I damaged it 20 years ago, the doctor that pulled off the nail then just basically ripped it off and I about went through the roof! He said it would grow back, but it was never right after that. I had dropped a truck frame on my foot after cutting it in half, and thought my foot was clear, but the truck just caught the end of my big toe, breaking the bone and pulling the nail up from the back so it was still stuck in the front, but the back had ripped up and was just sticking up in the air, You talk about hurt!!! I did a little dance after that, and made up a new song with some colorful words right there!!!!!! LOL