Tuesday, March 9, 2010

My New Hell-Day


A few weeks ago I fell at work. One second I was walking along and a half second later my lips were kissing the carpeting (and not my preferred kind of carpet). I was able to get up and carry on for the rest of that day but my moment of klutziness resulted in my knee getting slightly fucked up.

Enter the workman's comp dog and pony show.

WC sends me to THEIR Doc. To date I've seen him twice. My knee isn't improving. Pain, swelling and mostly it's hampering my style of Mrs J's pursuit of happiness and I can't have that happening. Don't worry, the bum knee isn't stopping ALL of that activity.

The WC Doc prescribed 6 visits, twice a week of physical therapy.

The WC insurance lady must be a better doctor than their WC Doc because the prescription was changed to 4 visits, once a week.

What-the-fuck-ever!

Last week was my first visit to the physical therapist. I had imagined I was either going to get a large women with a uni-brow named Olga or a sweet young thing proudly showing her never ending cleavage. I got neither one.

My PT is middle age, shorter than me, within her optimum weight, nice lady and she fucking hurt me! First she checked the range of motion and was surprised at the fact that I couldn't swing my leg and foot over my head. Then while I was on my back on a cushy table she began to massage the affected area. Now that felt good for the first minute or so then she started to massage deeper and then painfully deeper. As her fingers burrowed around my knee I held back my tears by holding my breath. The therapist is an Olga in disguised.

After Olga showed me the stretches and exercises I'm suppose to do all week I thought I was done. Pffft, hardly! I was back on the table when she told a tech assistant to roll out the electrode machine a.k.a. the torture machine. Shortly after that announcement I was all hooked up and for the next 15 minutes electrical shocks (impulses) were searing through my knee. The tech ass asked me if she could get me a magazine to read. As sparks were shooting out of my eyes I politely declined her offer.

All week long I've seen and felt a big change in my knee pain and movement. I.can.barely.walk and I've begun hating Wednesday's with the same passion as Monday's.

24 comments:

alphafemme said...

Hmmmm. Something about that sounds off to me. I've been in PT several times for various things and sometimes I'll be sore afterwards, a little bit, but for the MOST part it's supposed to be getting better each time. If you're feeling WORSE, they're doing something wrong. Not that I'm a doctor or anything. But... this sounds kinda sketch!

Also, this made me laugh out loud: "...a half second later my lips were kissing the carpeting (and not my preferred kind of carpet)." Jude, you are too funny!!

notjustafemme said...

why are you so funny?! I almost fell out of my chair laughing. not at your pain - promise! just your deliverance.

but I'm glad I'm not the only clumsy one in the family.

Nulaanne said...

I agree with alpha. I am finishing up PT for a work injury and it is much improved. The electroshock is set to high it is only to give a buzz. Think vibrator on the middle setting.

Also you are allowed to inssist on xrays, ct's and even go to your own doctor about what is going on. PT should not hurt, it should feel like a good workout.

greg said...

Poor Jude! I really hope you don't have to go through this for much longer, it sounds like serious torture.

Real Live Lesbian said...

Ouch! I've met people like your Olga-ish one.

I kick back now.

2momswithaplan said...

I agree with alphafemme and Nulaanne - you shouldn't be hurting that bad afterwards. I had to have PT to recover from a car accident and even though the therapy hurt like hell, I felt better by the end of the session. Also, before they even touched me, the doctor took a few x-rays first. I would recommend them looking at your knee a little better before messing around with it. You wouldn't want them to fuck up something even more than it already is!

Dragon said...

I would go with the suggestions and get a second opinon if you can with that. That sucks you have to go through all of it. I had to go through PT for my back and they made things worse too so I stopped going and won't go back. Not sure I suggest that but sounds like they are doing more harm then good.

Propane Amy said...

Oh Jude!! You are a funny bitch!!

You need to find a "happy" place to go to when you're on the table. Just imagine San Diego, me in the back of the SUV, and a god awful stench that permeates the air...

Ohhhh such good times!!

vixen kitten said...

Whada mean you can't swing your leg and foot over you head? Why not?

I can see I need to come down there and do some yoga with you.

Mmmmmm, ok, I confess. I'm just looking for a good reason to get the hell out of dodge, aka the land of corn and white bread, for a week or two. But I can help you with some yoga moves that will prolly help more than Olga is. There is the added excitement of the photo op of you attempting to get your foot and leg over your head!

Fuck, I'm just all kinds of sassy today, huh!

Hope you feel better soon, Sugar.

lots of love,

~vk~ and her blonde commander :)

Camlin said...

Ouch! Did you have x-rays?

Mrs. Loudshoes said...

They don't call them "physio-terrorists" for nothing!
Hope the knee improves soon.

CrackerLilo said...

I hope Olga's torture ultimately helps your knee. Until then, maybe you should go to Sports Authority and buy kneepads? ;-)

Sorry you're hurting, but you made even this funny.

Mel's Way or No Way said...

Poor Jude :( At least your sense of humor is still intact. WC are a bunch of assholes to deal with. When A's back blew out several years ago we were happy it happened at home even though it was work related. We didn't have to deal with WC and she was in surgery in 2 weeks.

I would definitely be getting a second opinion. You don't want to permanently fuck up your knee.

I think WC should provide you with a hover-round to cruise around the office since they want to mess around so much. :)

tanya said...

hahaha! im with notjustafemme! you are hilarious. again, the pain isnt funny... just you.

im sorry you are hurting. lets hope its all worth it. maybe you will get some extra attention from Mrs. Jude ;)

small town dyke said...

Aww poor you :( I hope you get better soon. Maybe you need a Rita on wed!!!

C said...

oh jude, i am so sorry! this is WRONG. i am a nurse and a fucking patient too with my arm. that is wrong. they need to do an MRI on your knee in order to see if any tissue is ripped like the meniscus... what assholes to attempt to fix what they dont know is wrong! MAKE them do an MRI. and if you dont like the dr. choose one yourself. you have that right. oh honey, what a bad deal. if you continue to walk on it, you could cause more damage. keep a log of everything as it happens, you may need it down the line. i know what the electro therapy is but they shouldnt be doing that until they know what is wrong. and also, WTF are you in therapy for if its something that needs surgery to be fixed?????? this is what i mean, you need an MRI to see exactly whats going on. oh i am so upset for you, hon. they are not doing right by you. in my opinion. also, is the dr you are seeing, an orthpedic specialist? you need one that specializes in knees.

ohmygod, she shouldnt be massaging it either! im freaking out here.... if you have torn any ligaments or tissue, none of these things will do anything but make it all worse. now i'm basing all my ranting on the fact that you didnt have an MRI. cuz you didnt mention it.

anyway, i didnt mean to upset you jude but fucking shit, it doesnt sound right to me...

let us know what happens...

sending good mojo your way..

chris

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reeflightning said...

awwwww jude! insist on an xray mate, who the hell knows what is going on in there. all that painful physio just does not sound right.

C said...

ps

only an MRI can tell whats wrong with your knee, not just an x-ray...

c

CJ said...

Oooo sorry about the knee. Those shock treatments suck. The only good part about knee PT is the possibility of getting a little whirlpool action. Hope the knee is feeling better soon buddy.

padi said...

i'm an ot student and have to tell you that your idiot therapist shouldn't have been passively ranging you past your point of pain. and that wc doctor is a moron to have not had your knee xrayed, then to have sent you to the idiot therapist who not only blindly manipulated your joint, but then added electrical stimulation to an active mm--it sounds like insanity. hie thee to a second opinion before these jerks scar you for life! sorry you got hurt but thanks for letting us laugh at your pain. hope you feel better soon!

Monkey Outlaw said...

Damn I am so sorry ... but I have to admit the lips hitting the carpet line cracked me up!

southernfemme said...

Jude, so sorry to hear this. You need to insist on an MRI.

I have much experience in this field and this all sounds way off to me.

Yes, there should be some pain, but it's a 'work through the pain to get better' thing.

Please have someone else take a look at it.

canihelpyousir.com said...

I'm know I'm late to the game J, but how is the knee? Any better? It will feel better if you get a hot therapist. Just saying.

Also, my word verification is "whanka." BEST.