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18 August 2007 @ 12:51 pm
Finally feeling better!  
After a few days of feeling miserable I'm finally back on track.  I saw the orthopedic doc on Thursday and he wouldn't admit that he hurt me (I guess because this other guy was in the room...one of his associates or doctors in training, or whatever), but basically that I'm going to have days where the pain is bad, that it was a serious injury and takes months to recover (seriously, he said these exact words).  He also said that I should wear my sling again if my arm gets "tired", I should sleep sitting up in a chair with lots of pillows, take Ambien to help me sleep, and Tylinol for pain.  I was so frustrated with him.  He then tried to be nice and told me he knew how I felt because he once had a similar injury and had to sleep in a chair for 2 months, etc.

Then I go for physical therapy Fri afternoon and the therapist was annoyed.  He said the doctor should not have twisted my arm like that, and I shouldn't wear the sling because it'll cause my arm to lock up and I won't get the mechanism back.  I do admit it felt great to exercise it during the PT.  I slept better last night also, think I got about 8 hours of sleep.  I'm not pain-free, but the pain is pretty dull and I can at least deal with it.  And I can move the arm a lot more than I could a couple of days ago.  I have to see this doctor again next week - but I'm going to stress to him NOT to twist the arm again.  Hopefully he'll understand....

Also spoke to a lawyer yesterday and things are going to start moving along in that respect.  She told me that kid's liability should take care of everything and that he's automatically in the wrong because he hit a pedestrian (even if he says something like I darted out in front of him). 

So I am feeling better, which I'm grateful for.  I was feeling very depressed the past two days, mostly because of the excruciating pain but also because of the post-traumatic stress.  I may go for counseling, just to help me deal with this a bit more.  Even though I'm feeling pretty good today, I still have bad days.

Again thanks everyone for your well wishes, they do help. :)
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vixen_logic: E_SMILEvixen_logic on August 18th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
Good to know you're feeling better. :) *huggles*
jessm78jessm78 on August 19th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! *huggles back* :)
Nicoletrisana on August 18th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're getting better!
jessm78: being therejessm78 on August 19th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
Thanks! I am too. :) I felt like I was in hell for a few days after the doctor did that.
Suzotchkasuzotchka1 on August 18th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
Hi Jess! :) I'm glad to hear that you seem to be doing better.

The only advice I can offer is if you don't like your orthopedist - get a new one. Seriously. It's always good to get a second opinion.

I'm happy to hear that you got a lawyer. Believe me, it will ease your mind a bit. They'll handle everything.

And I don't think I told you this when we spoke the other day, but after my accident, I did go see a counseler for a while. It did help with my 'anger' phase.

jessm78: kissesjessm78 on August 19th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
Thanks suz! :) I'm really glad to be feeling better again after what I'd gone through the last couple of days.

I seriously think I might do that. The guy I've been seeing wasn't even the one who operated on me - he's like a physician's assistant. He told me to sleep sitting up in a chair - I slept in my bed last night and I felt just fine doing that. I guess I have to do whatever makes me comfortable... But I'm still not happy with him.

It did feel great talking to the lawyer. I breathed a huge sigh of relief even as I was leaving their office.

I'm glad the counseler helped you with that. My mom got the name of one who specializes in trauma from a friend, so I may look into that.

Thanks for the hugs!! *HUGS back*
Jenniferxariesgirl78x on August 20th, 2007 08:20 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're feeling better :)
jessm78jessm78 on August 20th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks Jen! :)