Friday, July 29, 2011

The Bottom of the Barrel

I didn't post yesterday.  It wasn't because I ran out of steam, or had nothing good to say.  In fact, yesterday I could have played along with Emmy and KMama in their meme for Proud Mommy Moments!  But I was in the middle of a medical mess.  I still kind of am.  So today, instead of the usual Friday Confessional with Mamarazzi, I am going to drop an F-Bomb.  This was something Mimi over at Living in France used to do.  Whether she does it or not still does not matter.  She is hilarious and you should visit her(along with all the other fabulous ladies I have mentioned!)  And now onto my rant explanation.

Wednesday, we went to a local lake.  A lake we can not swim in.  It's drinking water so they don't want bodies polluting the water.  But boats are okay.  Yum.  Anyfumes...they have a water park.  I don't mean slides and pools and things.  I mean all kinds of sprinklers and fun fountains and waterfalls.

 It was a lot of fun, and I would certainly take them back for a longer stay.  I will gladly share more fun pictures next week.  Today is another story.  We left after only an hour simply because we only had snack food.  We had Carl's for lunch.  Then we headed to my mom's for a short bit.  The kids were playing.  We were visiting.  All of the sudden, Kristin was crying.  She is 13 and past the accident prone stuff of toddler-dom and preshcool stage. So tears like that from her are rare.  It was her knee.  She was almost hysterical.  She was trying to explain what happened but it was hard to understand.  Luckily, Ryan had my phone and was making a video.  It turns out they were pretending to be pirates.  All she did was jump from one spot to another.  Her knee popped and buckled.  It was ugly.  And she went down.  She asked me not to share the video.  Since I wasn't sure of damage done to her knee and I know about her genetics, I took her to urgent care.

Two hours of wait time for her to be seen.  Luckily by this time, she had was calm and her pain level had dropped.  She could not bear any weight on her leg--my sister had crutches so we had those for her and ice on her knee.  Her knee was only slightly swollen because I am smart--ice!  Crutches because she couldn't put weight on it.  She was calm because the shock of it was mostly over.   

The Physician's Assistant came in and barely examined her.  She had Kristin bend her knee, and she probed it a little for about 3 seconds.  No x-rays, and she didn't wrap it.  She told me an x-ray wouldn't show soft tissue damage.  Well no duh lady how about bone!  What if there is bone damage.  (They do have an X-ray machine on site).  She told me to schedule an MRI.  Yeah cause I can just do that.  But she didn't even wrap it!!!  I had to go out and buy an ace bandage and wrap myself--actually I had my sister do it. 

I now have a complaint opened with them, and they did call me back and left me a message yesterday but I spent most of my day at the doctors.  We went to our regular doc--also a PA whom I love.  She probed, had her attempt walking, straighten her knee and noted the swelling.  Big time swelling.  Ordered what?  An X-ray.  To check for what?  Bone damage, and to make sure the ligaments stayed attached to the bone.  All is normal.  She is in a brace for two weeks, crutches for the weekend, and must start range of motion on Monday.  If she is not improved in two weeks, she then has to have an MRI which of course I will have to have a referral for.  Ooops I need to schedule her follow up appointment now.  What a way to start school!  Yep they go back the second week of August!  But they get long crazy breaks for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

Do you have any medical horror stories?


Nicole said...

personally I hate urgent care. I had an allergic reaction and they thought maybe it was tick poisoning so they really didn't treat me, then the very next morning at 5am I was in the ER and the dr said, oh you're allergic. I told both places what I'd been taking. I think urgent care are idiots. Then now I'm fighting a creditor b/c I paid my co-pay and they are claiming I didn't. Yeah Urgent Care sucks!

Emmy said...

Thanks for the plug :) and where is that sprinkler park?? Not that we will go now but looks fun. Stupid urgent care! You wait two hours to basically get no help. So annoying. Hope it heals quickly

mormonhermitmom said...

That reminds me I should check on my urgent care to see if the "second radiologist" checked my little girls' x-rays.

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Oh, that sounds miserable. It crazy how she was just playing and it popped. I'm so surprised they didn't do the X-ray.

I hope your daughter is quick to recover.

Linda Medrano said...

I'm so sorry your daughter got hurt. And I hope her knee is better really quickly. Summer is no time to be laid up!

Linda Medrano said...

All I can say is that I really hope Kristin recovers fast. Bless her heart! She has my complete sympathy!

Cheeseboy said...

What a joke. I hope they do something because of this. My only horror story is EVERY FREAKING TIME I GO TO A CLINIC!

Amy said...

Oh my goodness, that is sort of scary! I would hate that. Sometimes medical professionals don't know anything it seems. That PA was probably the one who cheated through Med school. I hope her knee gets better!