You will be aware, from my previous post, that I have suffered an injury at work that has (hopefully) temporarily suspended my normal activities.
Yesterday, I was due at the doctors for my diabetic retinopathy checks so I arranged to see the GP prior to my checks to arrange a sick note as I'm still in pain, unable to drive and unable to carry out my normal duties. These combined issues = MEGA frustration! It also meant I was in the surgery for most of the morning, trying to avoid eye contact with patients that I have previously treated for various afflictions!
The GP consultation was swift, resulting in more pain relief and a sick note for two weeks. How will I cope with this? I may need physiotherapy but it is too early to start yet.
When I booked in for my diabetic checks, I was handed a folded piece of paper to read, which I thought was going to be a questionnaire. How wrong could I be? It was an information sheet about diabetes and erectile dysfunction! A note suggested that the subject would be "raised" when I see the nurse and not to be offended! Me offended? When I was called in to see the nurse, she asked if I had received and read the information sheet.........! Oh yes, the one asking if I could get it up or not? No problems there, would you like me to demonstrate? She blushed!
Well I passed my checks and now have to do the routine blood and urine checks. Now for the retinopathy check. Tropicamide 1% was placed in each eye, stinging and dilating my pupils. When called to the test, the bright sunlight was painful and blinding and as I was walking to the van, my leg gave way causing me to stumble! At least no one called an ambulance. It would have been difficult explaining a scruffy appearance, mobility problems and dilated pupils!
Enough rambling! I have to say that I make a very difficult patient!