It’s been four weeks since my accident and for the first time since then I put my socks on without the aid of a mechanical device.
Yesterday I saw the physical injury physician who will be in charge of my recovery treatment. She’s encouraged that I don’t have more pain and will start working with me more aggressively once I get out of this brace. I’m going to call my orthopod to see if I can get time off my incarceration for good behavior.
For now, I’m supposed to walk as much as I can. I can also exercise with light weights (3-5 pounds). I hope this will give me more energy as I run out of gas by the afternoon and have trouble getting anything done that involves concentration or creativity.
Tomorrow I go to another new doctor, this one a GP. In the past year I’ve seem more docs than a Japanese freighter. I’m thankful for their skill and helpfulness but could do with a little less face time.
No matter how you feel about the health care debate, the current system is certainly out of whack.
Here are four pieces of take-home gear and what each cost:
Sock-aid = $107.50
Breath Tester = $107.50
Reacher = $116.25
Long-handled Sponge = $24.50
And the body brace? Would you believe $2,457?