So it’s just a sprain, nothing huge that could explain my sucky runs, my suckiness. But I did notice that I lost range of motion last month on the leg lift machine (they’re computerized, so if I don’t hit my ideal range, it doesn’t count & I haven’t been able to hit it once in a long, long time). So maybe this has been coming on for a long time & boot camp just aggravated it?
Anywho, I love my doctor. First of all, I love saying “my doctor.” He’s only the second one I’ve had in 42 years: the first was my pediatrician. After Dr. Miller, my pediatrician, I had no insurance, so no doctors for me (or some 46 million other Americans). It’s so nice to go to my own doctor who knows my name & my medical history (not that it’s easy to piece together those scattered records) rather than to whichever nurse practitioner happens to be tending the free clinic or whichever doctor’s working one of those pay-as-you-go mediquick places or whichever intern’s on call in the emergency room. I have a doctor now. Wow!
So he’s calling my knee thing a sprain & has recommended exactly what I’ve been doing, ibuprophin, ice, & compression. Only he wants me taking 6 ibuprophin daily for 2 weeks to make sure the swelling is really gone. & I go back in two weeks…imagine that, a follow-up visit! He thinks I should sit out of the 5k on Sunday, but we negotiated & if I’m feeling up to it, I’m going to do it…slowly. He also spent like 5 minutes showing me (we did it together!) how to do a proper squat that won’t kill my knees. Not my trainer’s style of a full-on squat into a low sit & as many of these as you can do in 1 minute, but I’ll do a happy medium between what he says & what she wants.
So reason #2 why I love my doctor: he’s not big on putting you on meds. More of a holistic practitioner who talks about diet & exercise & vitamins. Maybe they’re all like this now? But no one I’ve ever seen before has ever taken more than 2 minutes to look me over, so it’s wonderfully weird to go to a doctor who explains causes & symptoms & cures & gives you options for dealing with this stuff & spends 5 minutes just showing you how to do a proper squat. I’m kinda embarassed talking about this cause I have friends who don’t have insurance & can’t afford to buy their own & it seems unfair that I do finally have it. & I know we’re not supposed to get political at 3FC, but I really think this is a health issue & a fairness issue, not a political issue: this doctor thing should be a right for all of us, not a privilege for a select few.
Okay, that’s my diatribe for the day & I see now that I’ve made myself late for open lab hours, which means that I’ll have a dozen students waiting for me…no one ever wants to see me when I get to the office on time.
Happy day chicks!