Tuesday, March 08, 2005
50% Is Failing, Right?
You do a lot of thinking when you know you are going to be on an operating table in the future. My only thoughts were about: the time it'd take to heal and what the ceiling is going to look like. It seems that I really went about things ass-backwards. I was working on my lawn on Wednesday to fix some dead areas with new seed which left me really sore the next day. I wound up taking about 600mg of ibuprofen to make running around work easier. On Thursday night, I discovered the lump/bump when taking a shower and thought it was just a knot. But after it enlarged after work on Friday and Saturday, I went to UMC Quick Care which is covered by my insurance. They diagnosed said bump/lump as a hernia. My job requires the ability to lift up to 75 lbs. and has no light duty. Fun, fun. Upon retrospect, the only way I could have not noticed the hernia would be when I took the ibuprofen which may have dented the pain to where I might have not noticed it. Which makes it work related. Anyhow, I filled out the appropriate paperwork and went to get it looked at by Workmans Comp doctors. They determined... it was a node. Huh? What the hell is a node? But seeing that I had a prior diagnosis he has asked for a surgical determination. So someone else is going to put his hand on my groin. What does this mean? Well, it's 50/50 that they will do surgery and I might be returning to work within a week (which could be good on the bills standpoint.) But it also goes to show you that 50% of doctors don't know what they are doing and that isn't too exciting.