Aug 15, I fell and broke my hip. I am a tough old bird, but I know I’m not the only one that has had to deal with some of these illogical situations! I’m mad as a wet hen.
Rule #1 If you’re going to have an accident, have it within 2-3 miles of your primary care physician and your orthopedic surgeon. If you don’t, follow up will be a night mare.
Rule #2 Get a permanent Handicap Parking Sticker or card or something on your license plate NOW.
Let’s deal with Rule #2 1st. You can’t GET a permanent handicap sticker/tag/license on your car if you are not permanently handicapped. HOWEVER, if you need a temporary card, don’t you need it as soon as you incur the injury? You need it because it hurts to sit or stand or walk or wave or carry things. You need it because you’re weak from disease or injury and walking from the nearest parking spot may end up being a 15 min aerobic exercise. And when do you need it? Sooner the better, right? It has now been 5 weeks since my injury, and I do not have a handicap window card or sticker or whatever they give you. 5 weeks of riding in a wheel chair with no shocks across parking lots and up curbs causing jarring to my injured hip. 5 weeks walking from the car to the handicapped stalls at rest areas on crutches or a walker until my arms burn and my blisters on the heels of my hands send shooting pains with every step. 5 weeks of parking as close as I can to the entrance of a business and then having someone park so close to me that I can neither squeeze between the vehicles or open the door to get in and I have to wait for that person to move their car/truck on legs that are now cramping up and arms that are shaking with fatigue. Why can’t doctor’s offices have the parking placards and just inform the DMV who has them?
Now let’s look at the location of your accident. I was injured in Florida. I went to an emergency room where they didn’t know me or have my records. I then was transported to an orthopedic hospital that was not connected to my original orthopedic surgeon’s group. After spending 5 days driving home, I find that my orthopedic doctor will not take walk ins. How am I a walk in? He did the surgery on me the last time my hip broke. OHHHH, I need a referral because I didn’t make an appointment to see him for surgery and didn’t come home immediately and wait to get on his list so that he could look at my injury in NOVEMBER!!!!! And I didn’t ask him for a referral in Florida. I’m not sure how this works, but I AM sure nobody really does. All I need is to find out if I am, in fact, healing. Turns out, my Gen Practitioner needs to send an operation report (which he didn’t have) and x-rays (which he also didn’t have) to the orthopedic doctor. I could have handed the ortho doc the disk, but he won’t look at it unless it comes from the GP. I was informed that I cannot do ANY PT until the ortho doc gives me the OK. So, I’m trying to walk and get on with my life, and because I’m probably doing something incorrectly, my lower back above my good hip is in constant near-cramp and I can’t sit, stand, or sleep and haven’t for several days. My left (injured) leg is very weak and I am now getting cramps in calves of both legs. Due to the pain, I cannot stretch them out and cannot bend over to even rub them.
Will you guys PLEASE GET YOUR *&$%^%$%#@#$$%^^^ TOGETHER?!!!!