Dr. Painless Meets The Neanderthal

Is this your first visit to my website?

If it is, today’s post will make absolutely no sense to you and I apologize.  (I would suggest you read my “About” page today, and come back tomorrow when I’m making more sense!)

On the other hand, if you live in The OC and you’re in need of an exceptional pain specialist and/or fantastic physical therapist certified in A.R.T. –

You’ve come to the right place.  (Email me, k??)

Yesterday afternoon I had an appointment with Dr. Painless, my pain management specialist.

I love Dr. Painless, I really do.

I don’t know where I’d be today if I hadn’t found him.

The man understands the horribleness of chronic pain in a way no one else in my life has.

I was downright desperate when I landed in Dr. Painless’s office.

(By the way, how DO I make Dr. Painless possessive?  Painless’ office?  Painless’s?)

Anyway –

Dr. Painless restored sanity (and sleep) to my life after several very rough years.  He’s gotten me through some terrible pain flare-ups and improved my quality of life considerably.  Not only that, he understands the importance of photography to me.  He’s never once told me to give it up.  (And yes, other medical professionals have.)

The Neanderthal, my new physical therapist and A.R.T. provider, made arrangements to attend my Dr. Painless appointment with me.

(Interesting aside:  The Neanderthal ended up running through several parking lots, climbing a fence, and leaping over fire breathing dragons to arrive on time.  Seriously!  Regardless, he wasn’t even out of breath when he arrived.  I’m not sure he’s human?)

It was sort of like “my” two medical professionals (with their very different personalities!) had an appointment with each other –

I was just there for decoration.

I was sort of like this pink, pretty, camellia.  Except (snort!) not at all …!

Have you ever sat in a room and listened to two people discuss you as if you weren’t there?

Once in awhile I’d attempt to inject myself into the conversation,

They’d (sort of) humor me, and then continue on with their discussion.

The Neanderthal left the appointment with a better understanding of what he can (and can’t) do while treating me.

Hint:  He can move my arm without fear of my electrodes popping out.  He’s not supposed to do anything to flare me up (and I have freaky-hyper-sensitive-whacked-out nerves that flare up at everything).

Dr. Painless left the appointment knowing I love his red cuff links.  (They are SO cool!  I’ve never been so attracted to a pair of cuff links before.)

I left the appointment …

Really grateful.

I have two people helping me who genuinely care.

So many medical care providers don’t.

How did I get so lucky?

This whole post-car-accident journey has not been an easy one.

It all seems so much more manageable though, when you know you’ve got really good people standing in your corner.

24 Responses to “Dr. Painless Meets The Neanderthal”

  1. stacy

    Hi Suzanne: It’s Stacy from PT. I went for a 2nd opinion on my shoulder recently. I want to settle my workers comp case from when I fell while volunteering at colonial day. Anyways, I asked to get one last opinion and then if this is what it is then I will live with it. It’s just that my shoulder always hurts. So, this new Dr. sent me for an MRI and turns out I have a moderate tear in my rotator cuff, a moderate bicep tendon tear and a bone spurr thingie. So, my question is do you think yr surgeries made it better or worse? I can live like this if I have to but it would be hard if it was worse than it is now. I mean it is hard now but I dont want it to get harder. Does that make sense?

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      Stacy – I will email you individually with my thoughts. You need to do what is right for you. I will say, shoulder surgery (of any kind) is not fun!

  2. Linda

    I am really glad to hear this. I know there are good doctors out there, but it is good to have PROOF. LOL

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      Sometimes it’s hard to find that proof, isn’t it? I have had some good medical providers but I think communication between these two will help a lot. : )

  3. Suzanne

    Great news! And I can’t imagine giving up photography if it is what has helped you survive the pain all these years. Kudos to your PT for meeting with Dr. Painless so the two of them can work together instead at cross purposes.

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      Yep, my new PT is awesome. Photography is so important for my mental health … it’s my creative outlet. I will endure mountains of pain to not give it up.

  4. Karen in East Texas

    It is so good to hear that you have found doctors who go above and beyond in their care of their patients. I hope this means less painful days in your future.

    Good Luck!

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      Thank you Karen – me too.
      And yes, I think both of them are willing to go above and beyond. I’m really grateful to have them helping me.

  5. LindaP

    This is GREAT! And amazing. I don’t know two Dr.’s that have actually faced each other and their patient to discuss her treatment. Good for you!

  6. Rina

    SO awesome!!!! That’s unusual for two profs to get together for one patient – you are a lucky lady to have these people on your health radar!

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      Thank you Rina. I do feel lucky.
      It really makes everything easier to get through when you feel there are people who understand and are supportive!

  7. Joanne J

    I am sure the torturer is so far behind you!! very PRE- Neandethal. Do you secretly hope is is sorry he cant torture you anymore??

    altho I rather miss your drug addled bikini wax ramblings, I am very happy you are back to a level of competancy with your loves in life. God bless ya, honey!!!

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      Ha ha. That made me laugh Joanne … pre-neanderthal! : )

      I got a brazilian bikini wax today (ouch!) and I will surely blog about bikini waxes in the future. And … I still need pain meds, but I try not blog while taking them. I know I’ve been blogging more on the serious side lately, but I doubt if I will keep that up forever. It’s hard to suppress my personality! : )

  8. Judi

    I’m so happy to read this. Good doctors who are also good people make such a difference! It’s beyond bedside manner, and I’ve been blessed with one such surgeon when I really needed him. He didn’t have the ego so many doctors do, and was genuinely invested in helping me during one of the scariest times in my life.

    I’m freaked out now because I had to switch primary care doctors because of insurance changes at work. I really loved my doctor and the network of specialists I was able to see. I hate starting all over.


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