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Not dead, but not far from it

OK, that's an exaggeration. But I do feel pretty crappy, though not in the more usual for this time of year's 'I think I may be coming down with something'-sense. Instead, I'm feeling crappy because for the past 7 weeks I've been in constant pain. And have characteristically tried to ignore it, thereby probably compromising the healing process. Unfortunately, my determination to carry on with my work and usual routine hasn't found favour with Jobsworth, who gave me another bollocking yesterday, the second one in as many weeks. I can't deny that I have lost concentration and productivity (I can't argue with his stat sheets), but I can't convince him that I am working as hard as my injury will allow. All day long, he was on my case, nagging me and demanding an explanation whenever I was taking a 2-minute break -- and the stupid thing is, I did respond by pushing myself even harder, with the result that by the end of the day, I couldn't use my arm at all. The pain kept me up most of the night (as it has done most nights since I was hit by that bus, but last night was particularly bad) and this morning, I'd had enough. I went back to my GPs, in the hope that they would prescribe me some strong painkillers that would allow me to carry on with my job. Instead, they've given me another batch of anti-inflammatories and strict orders for absolute rest (i.e., no going to work) over the next 10 days. After which, they want to see me again. If by then, the situation has improved, I can ease back into work; if not, they mentioned something about corticosteroid injections...::shivers:: Let's hope it won't come to that.

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tori_x
Feb. 5th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
I hope the rest makes the pain lessen! xx
gamiila
Feb. 5th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie! How's things with you now?
tori_x
Feb. 5th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
I'm fine still in hospital, they're trying to get my sugar levels to stable with this overnight feed. I've put on a bit of weight with it which is good and they're doing all the ct scans etc for transplant work up which is good. I'm starting to get restless though and I want out!!! :)
gamiila
Feb. 5th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
I'm starting to get restless though and I want out!!!

I can well imagine! Hospital stays aren't pleasant when you're sick, and when you feel well again -- well, they're even worse. At least, it won't be long now before you can get back to your own place and your own routine.

I've put on a bit of weight

Well done, you! Let's hope you can hang onto it for a while.
suze2000
Feb. 5th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
*hug* Get some rest! This means no shopping, rock concerts, or other naughty things you did post-op!

If it's any consolation, I've had cortisone injections into my ankle and the sweet, blessed relief was so wonderful that when it wore off (six weeks or so later), I was knocking on the doctor's door asking for another one.
gamiila
Feb. 5th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Well, in that case...I was imagining something altogether more scary. thanks for setting my mind at rest on that score!
bnbalder
Feb. 5th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Sweetie, that's awful! You were so blithe about it the other day. Which is actually more than a month ago. Take care of yourself, you hear?
gamiila
Feb. 5th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
You were so blithe about it the other day.

Was I? I guess that's when I still thought it would soon get better. And I wasn't back to working full-time then; actually, I wasn't back to working at all, I think -- the problem with desk jobs is that you're constantly typing or on the phone, or both, and it's those repetitive movements that seem to aggravate the condition. It's like my shoulder and collar bone are caught in a vice that gets screwed down tighter and tighter as the day wears on, until in the end I just can't move a muscle.

Anyway, I'm seeing Rutger, my physiotherapist, again tomorrow -- I'm sure that apart from a telling-off, he'll also give me some helpful hints.
enigmaticblues
Feb. 5th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
*gentle hugs* Jobsworth needs to be smacked about with a dead fish. Or a 2x4. Either way. I hope the arm feels better with rest!
gamiila
Feb. 5th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
Jobsworth needs to be smacked about with a dead fish. Or a 2x4.

Bwahaha! That mental image has made me feel better. Thanks!
curiouswombat
Feb. 5th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
I was once asked by one of our civil servants to give him the answer, for the director of Finance, to the question 'Why do we spend so much money on incontinence pads?'. I suggested that the short answer to the question is 'Do not use a toilet for a week, then ask again'.

The short answer to Jobsworth is 'go and stand in a bus lane until one hits you - then come back and ask why I am not as productive as usual'.

I do hope the pain eases quickly, but otherwise the injections should really help.
gamiila
Feb. 5th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
The short answer to Jobsworth is 'go and stand in a bus lane until one hits you - then come back and ask why I am not as productive as usual'.

I wish I could have said that. But he preempted me by saying he didn't want to hear my 'I've been hit by a bus'-excuse, which judging by the fact that I was still in one piece he didn't believe was he truth anyway.
curiouswombat
Feb. 5th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
which judging by the fact that I was still in one piece he didn't believe was he truth anyway.
Ask him 'to repeat that in front of witnesses so that you can take him to court for slander'. That might shake him! Would make you feel beter anyway...
gamiila
Feb. 6th, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
I know! Can you believe this guy?! Ack, he's not worth getting worked up about.
bogwitch
Feb. 5th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
Ha! That'll teach him! (though sadly it won't)
gamiila
Feb. 6th, 2008 11:58 am (UTC)
Not likely. He thinks I'm malingering, anyway.
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