Happily, it appears no damage happened when Nadine took her spill on Tuesday night. According to the doctor, she’s even doing quite well. I’d hate to see how it looks when things are going mediocre to poorly.
He did feel okay snipping a couple of stitches, which Nadine said relieved some discomfort. So they may have been pulling and causing some of the pain. But I’m skeptical as to how much that could affect things.
Nadine at least told him that the hospitalist (???) at Banner wasn’t listening. She told him she didn’t feel like she could go home. He ignored it, I guess. Now if only she would have tattled with Banner called. I guess she mentioned it but then followed up with, “Oh but I don’t want to get him in trouble. I’m sure he was just doing his job.” Sigh.
And to top all this fun stuff up, Tim now refuses to even consider the entire practice that Nadine uses. Despite it being nationally renowned. Despite the fact that we’d be seeing a different orthopedist. Despite the fact that it wasn’t even a doctor associated with CORE Institute that determined she should go home.
His reasoning is that CORE works with the hospital and thereby signs off on what is clearly poor judgment. Double sigh.
I want him to be seen there, but at this point I’ll just take any orthopedist. His knees get terrible in the winter to the point that he has trouble walking, and then I have to pick up the slack, which isn’t good for my own health problems and/or our basic ability to get through a day.
Did I mention Tim doesn’t want to even start the process until his pain starts? Because he’s afraid they won’t take him seriously. I don’t know which to blame more: Tim’s stubbornness or crappy Arizona doctors that made him this skeptical. I’m going with 30/70.
Point being, if we wait until things get noticeable, it may be months before we can see someone. And despite his current protests that he can suffer through them, I know better. So this year the edict is “If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for me goddammit.” Plus, I don’t like to see him in pain. But honestly, a lot of it is self-interest at this point. Well, 40/60.
But before we go to the orthopedist, we need a referral. He mentioned it to one of his doctors. She took bloodwork, presumably to check for lupus or rheumatoid arthritis or something. Then she literally didn’t call us back. When I called to find out what the next step was, the answer came back that he should take NSAIDs. So yeah, we switched to a new guy. And this new guy, who Tim also dislikes, won’t refer Tim until he’s discussed the arthritis thing too.
So: Find him a different doc and hope he likes this one, then go to the doc, then get a referral, then go see that person.
I really hope that the crappiness of the doctors is reflected more in the HMO than the general state of healthcare down here. We’ll find out when we switch at the end of the year.