I will never play professional baseball again...or bike race in France. Today I took the plunge: a steroid shot in my right arm, the dominant side. The hope is that the pain in shoulder/arm will subside. It has been a very long time since picking up a small grandchild was either possible or painless. Knitting has been less frequent.
Steroids suddenly are moi. Last Saturday I visited "Immediate Care" (a walk-in facility connected with Providence Hospital) because my primary physician is Monday - Friday except for emergencies. Seems to be style here; classier than emergency rooms of NYC hospitals. Desperate after two weeks of dramatic coughing plus nose running (hoping it would disappear), and missing a baroque chamber concert.
Seen by a Nurse Practitioner, I left with prescriptions for a five-day regimen of steroid tablets and an antibiotic. Though less coughing when I laugh (have to rush to bathroom), reduced nose action, generally improved.
Sunday I went to OHSU (Oregon Health System University) just up the hill from us. Much attractive art in halls. MRI scheduled for shoulder, very efficient, back to D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy) in a local orthopedic practice. Yes, there's a tear in my rotator cuff. A quick steroid shot in the arm as defense (my word) against the dreaded arthroscopic surgery.
This Saturday, I began 8-sessions of physical therapy for "scapular stabilization." An aside, to note why "Feminism" is a category for this post. Checking out my history, the young therapist asked, "Is it alright for me to call you 'Naomi?'" Pleased, I agreed and answered, "First time a health care provider has asked in a long time." And shook his hand. When I posted here about "10 Questions to Ask Your Ob-Gyn," the 1977 Baltimore NOW effortI neglected to mention that one of the very non-radical requests we were making was not to be called by our first names unless the doctor was ready to do the same.
Has this changed in your life? Rhetorical question: Might physicians have moved more quickly toward single-payer if we'd demanded more interactions of equality in the past 40 years--for male patients too and with the help of men too.