Thursday, September 8, 2011

Better Living Through Chemistry

Last night my wife woke up in screaming pain. Which meant we needed to visit Marathon quam celerrime and happily Doctor Collins had a space available before lunch.

There are so many women with auto immune diseases you'd think somebody somewhere would be wondering why, but treating the symptoms becomes the way forward in modern medicine. And we all know that treatments bring side effects but when the agony is unsupportable one bites the chemical bullet.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that immobilizes thousands of women, so my wife uses a regimen of strict and copious exercise and a large helping of good luck to keep the insidious disease at bay. Some women are completely immobilized by rheumatoid arthritis, but so far she isn't. When exercise and chemistry and luck sometimes fail her we end up chatting with Dr Collins' skeletal assistant.

It was the ankle that flared horribly this time but it was better by the time we left the house, such that slow supported hobbling was in order.

I guess it was a joint in them there bones that was giving trouble but the more I checked the plastic ankle and compared it to the x ray chart and the less convinced I became that science was the answer. I used to work for the Cristian Scientists years ago on their radio service and they never offered health insurance because when they get sick they pray. I remember my editor was laid up in bed with a broken bone when I filed a story and he edited me through gritted teeth. He was cheerful and prayerful though and never minded I thought his was an act of lunacy. Could he have been right to pray to mend a broken bone? Bollocks I say, thank God for modern medicine is my prayer.

We had to wait a bit but the good doctor provides more entertainment than a mere x ray for his waiting patients. There was a table full of bones which we waggled happily for ten minutes as we waited and speculated about her condition.

"What do you suppose this is for?" she asked as I studied the skeleton for answers. The good doctor came by soon enough, diagnosed no broken bones and prescribed better living through chemistry and no exercise for four days.

We were out $20 later and on our way to lunch. I guess we could have stayed home and done the Christian Science thing for free but science science got my vote today. Oh, and health insurance. Tough for those that have none. Don't you hate those Canadian socialists who don't have to worry out such trifles?

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Unknown said...

Mr Conchscooter:

I hope Layne is feeling/walking better. While sometimes we get away without paying, it's the parking that gets you.

My foot is still not yet back to normal, or perhaps it is my new normal. Hobbling around in KW would seem a great future pastime to look forward to

Riding the Wet Coast

Anonymous said...

My sympathy to the wife. I am a gout victim for the past three years. It is my first experience with chronic pain. Making diet changes and taking the malic acid supplement have decreased the frequency of episodes.

I was also advised to lose fifty pounds and have made significant strides to that goal. The pain finally motivated me to do what I knew was needed. It was pointed out to me that there are very few overweight old people so it made sense on many levels.

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Conch:

Poor Layne... Waking up in the dead of night with an endless throbbing in a joint is no fun. Worse yet are the amazing sounds these joints make as they flex against bare bone where cartilage once buffered each movement.

Still, I'm delighted to read that she was able to get some chemical relief, with a projected return to what passes for normalcy in about four days. Do you think her condition could be toxic? For example, could she be suffering the effects of proximity to the epicenter of life's caustic perspective?

Just wondering...

Fondest regards,
Your pal,
Twisted Roads

Conchscooter said...

Anon, it's a constant struggle especially when prednisone is a large part of your diet. weight loss is critical toe very thing. thats why they keep feeding us toom many calories!
dear jack. I enjoy perfect health by some quirk of fate. I think its like the portrait of dorian gray in reverse

Chuck and the Pheebs said...

Sorry to hear about Layne.

Pauline's up in Sarasota having her gallbladder out; they pump you up with CO2 to operate; it gives people with autoimmune diseases excruciating pain.

It felt like they were ripping her shoulders off about 12 hrs later - and Prednisone interacts with other meds she's' on.

Glad to hear its manageable. It's like we get one thing under control, only to have another fly out of whack. We've already told out eldest to get the hell out of the US as soon as it makes sense for her to do so; she has the same issues as Pauline, and no private pay system will want to take her on.

corporate bastards.

Conchscooter said...

All we can do is hope for the best. I wish I had emigrated somewhere with single payer but I am stuck with what we have. I fear for the future especially as my fellow Americans really believe this is the best we can permit ourselves.

Anonymous said...

Some people have had success addressing autoimmune disease with a plant based, whole food diet. My favorite plant based food is distilled blue agave, but I try to avoid making that a large part of my diet if it's not the weekend.

Conchscooter said...

She's tried them all believe me. Living in Santa Cruz california with every crack pot idea she learned to be open minded. Ayurvedic, the squash diet, Chinese herbs, prednisone the evil chemical ends up being the answer sadly.

Anonymous said...

Glad there were no broken bones and that it is manageable. Glad she's down there where it's warm and not in the cold during the winter up here in the North. I understand it gets worse the colder it gets.

Bob from Livingston Montana