29.09.2006 - 29.09.2006 25 °C
The chronological nature of this blog has already broken down - ah well what you gonna do...Sarah W this is definitely one for you!
Well anyway, I'd had this very mysterious pain that started in my arm at the end of last week and it moved around strangely before moving to my chest. Being me I went into denial about it all for a few days whilst secretly cr***ng myself but Des Dos Mona (the little bro!) bullied me (on his birthday as well!) to go and see a doctor and I promised him so I had to!
Well persuading the travel insurance company was surprisingly easy...in fact i would go so far as to say I was impressed by the experience. They even called me the following day to check I was ok! Anyway, all I had to do was tap in the zip code into their website and choose the nearest doctor.
Well I rang up this morning at 11:30 and was offered an appointment at 14:30 (already very non-NHS). Then when I arrived I was confronted with water features and lots of nice plants around a courtyard and with not having to wait at all. A nurse then took my blood pressure and weighed me and then the doctor immediately arrived. The doctor then asked me questions for a whole 20 minutes and checked my arms and legs from every single angle before referring me for an X-ray and ECG! That's when my heart totally sank because I wanted to go straight to the Yoga tomorrow and I wouldn't be able to if I had to wait around for tests and stuff..but oh no what she actually meant was 'please go to downstairs and we will do the your tests immediately one after the other without you having to wait at all and then come back upstairs and see me to immediately discuss your results'...and that's exactly what happened!
Well the upshot was that she told me very earnestly that I had not had a heart attack..she conceded that it wasn't very likely I would have had one being 27 but she did add that 'bad things do happen to good people'. She seemed disappointed that it wasn't EVEN arthritis (glad those were my two options!) and she finally settled on it being a pulled muscle in my arm and the chest pain being psychosomatic...very likely!
So now that I know my arm pain is causing me no immediate threat, I'm happy again and my travel insurance, which cost 260 pounds has already paid for itself! So I would have to give USA doctors 10 out of 10 all round! I guess my praise shouldn't be too glowing considering the millions of Americans who get no healthcare at all...ooh my first political comment (see Ben the decline has begun already!)..but let's not dwell on that...all I know is that it worked for me!
So anyway, I've gone from a life in data protection to opting to happily tell the whole wide world about my medical conditions...as the Americans say, 'what is with that?'