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Why is it that as soon as one stops earning, one gets hit by one hefty bill after another? The cold, long winter has added 250 euros on top of my usual annual bill, the rates need paying, I'm behind on the service charges on my flat, and now it seems this tennis elbow I've been lumbered with since March is going to cost me ca. 600 euros to sort out over the next 5 weeks. My GP thought it might be a good idea to refer me for specialist shockwave treatment, which isn't covered in my health insurance. A quick phone round has taught me that no health insurer will actually cover it, as it's considered 'experimental treatment'. However, I can't see that I've got much choice: I want my arm back to normal as soon as poss, and so I've booked my first session for later this afternoon. I also have to travel all the way to Z. for it, so there'll be regular travel cost to factor in as well.

Spent all day yesterday writing and rewriting a cover letter to go with my cv in order to apply for a job with the municipal debt relief programme, which I would love to secure. I don't think I got it exactly right, but I sent it off anyway, and now I'm just keeping my fingers crossed I've done enough to get invited to the assessment round.

Meanwhile, I've heard back from the agencies: they can't help as I'm too well-qualified, too experienced...too expensive, is what they mean. Oh well.


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May. 20th, 2010 08:44 am (UTC)
*sending you a virtual hug, careful, so I don't jostle your elbow*
May. 20th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
You're alive! Yay! Of course, it could be that I've been too wrapped up in myself of late not to have noticed your return to LJ, but I know I'm not wrong when I say you have been much missed.

I tried to phone round New Year's. You weren't in and I...forgot to try again. Sorry. We'll catch up soon, okay?
May. 20th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
Z? My stepfather was from Zandaam. Delightful town (well, the old town is). But if that's where you are going, it's a long way north of The Hague. Never heard of shockwave treatment before. How's it supposed to work?
May. 20th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
Oh no, luckily I didn't have to go as far as Zaandam for my treatment. And how does it work? Well...

first, there's an intake and a physical examination;
then, there's an ultrasound to pinpoint the exact spot (I got one each side so they could compare);
and then, they wheel round the Extracorporeal ShockWave Therapy (tm)-machine and blast soundwaves through the tendon.

Apparently, it's a modification of the kidney stone crusher (tm), and it's meant to crush/displace calcification in muscles and/or tendons.

I was told it might hurt. It didn't very much, though it was unpleasant. I can't say if it's worked yet, but I'm willing to give it a shot. How much of that is due to my ESWT-therapist being a total hottie, I leave to you to decide.
May. 21st, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
Ahhahah! Well, whatever motivates you to get better is a good thing I guess.

And: oh darn, I knew I'd spell it wrong. Well, it's been almost 20 years. I forgive myself. :)
May. 21st, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
The pain in my arm seems to be a little worse today. How much of that is due to its manipulation or the shockwave therapy yesterday, I'm not sure, and perhaps it's just a case of things having to get worse before they get better, I don't know. I do know that I'm tired of not being able to use it properly, and I'm tired of being in pain all the time, and I want to get well again before I land myself a new job because I know that should I be lucky enough to get one now, it'll only hold me back OR it's likely not to heal at all because I'll keep pushing through the pain to hide the condition. At least now I've got time to try and get it sorted. This treatment promises a reasonably quick result, while conventional methods, I've been told, can take a year or even longer to take any sort of effect.

I was pleased to see the ultrasounds; it definitely showed a problem with the tendon, exactly where I said it was (for some reasons, doctors over here tend to be, or give the impression that they are, very sceptical about anything their patients tell them; they're a bit like House in that respect), so I had been wondering if I hadn't been behaving like a big girl's blouse over the last couple of months.
May. 21st, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
What an interesting sounding treatment, I'd not heard of that before.
May. 21st, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
I hadn't, either; but Wikipedia has a description of it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extracorporeal_shockwave_therapy

I'll have to ask about the castor oil instead of the ultrasound jelly next time I go for treatment.
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