For 43 years DH's response to "Don't you think you should go to the doctor??" has always been an irritable, "No, I don't need to go to the doctor!" So when he was in bed groaning that he had hurt his back, hip, and leg while using the shovel to dig a hole to plant a tree, I was surprised that he answered in the affirmative that he indeed did need to see the doctor. At 9am I made the appointment with the doctor for 3pm--6 hours to wait. But at 11am he was in such pain that I suggested I take him in to the ER and he agreed. He has never been in an ER in his 64 years. I had to dress him and get his shoes on as he couldn't bend to put them on himself. He was able to slowly hobble out to the van and off we went. They took him right in to an exam room and the ER doctor examined and questioned him carefully. He determined that it was a nerve injury at the ileo-sacral joint. 60mg injection of Toradol, 5mg oral Valium and waited 30 minutes--some relief. 4mg injection of morphine--much relief. I dropped the prescriptions off at the pharmacy on the way home, got him settled in the recliner, and went back for the prescription Naproxen, Valium, and Tylenol #3 and a new ice bag for his back. By the time I got back, he was feeling much better and was very mellow from the Valium. I made scrambled eggs and toast for dinner, got him in bed, cleaned up the mess in the kitchen, and collapsed into bed myself. Today he has some numbness and tenderness in his right leg, but he is able to move slowly without pain.
We are both aware that the situation would have been much different if we were one of the 1 in 4 Texans without health insurance. At least the president and the Democrats are trying to get health care for everyone. Thanks a lot Republicans, I'll remember you at the polls.