Ouch Part IV, Down But Not Out
After a restless night of sleep and and a painful morning of trying to work I gave into Wifey and forced myself to go to get in touch with the doctor. Hey it only took five days, but I did it.
As I thought I couldn't just go to the office, so I had to go to the ER. UG! Thoughts immediately went back to my last ER visit down at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. I clearly remember Wifey and I walking in and finding ourselves behind a handcuffed, half naked black woman, draped in a towel (to cover up the nasty bits) being escorted by the Pgh. Police. It was brilliantly tragic. I then waited for 2 hours to be seen IN the waiting room by the doctor and was charged $150. Again- brilliantly tragic.
But you do what you gotta do, so I sucked it up and made the 2 minute drive to the hospital prepared to wait for hours with more pantsless folk.
As luck would have it I only waited about 10 minutes and the hospital staff was uncharacteristically nice. The next thing I knew I was amazing the doctors and nurses with the sight of my swollen arm and deep black, blue and purple bruises. I was sort relieved that they didn't feel like I was just being a pussy with some black and blue marks.
I was also relieved that the x-ray revealed that while I look like I was beaten with a baseball bat and in pain, there was NOTHING broken, cracked, etc., in my arm and shoulder. SWEET! Since Advil was doing nothing for me, I was of course given some high powered industrial grade pain meds to help try to ease the pain. Thank God, 'cause gritting my teeth was starting to get old. I do wish they worked just a LITTLE better. Of course I haven't tried mixing them with some Dancing Bull yet, but there's always the weekend (before you comment, I am joking).
All in all the process to get peace of mind lasted about an hour and a half. About 6 hours less than I thought. Hopefully the pain will improve a bit more and the swelling will continue to improve.
At least this whole thing has given me some blog fodder, 'cause God knows I don't have much else to blather about.