Had my rheumatology appointment on Friday (after 2 cancellations and nearly a year later!) Wasn't looking forward to it as last time I went I felt the consultant was very flipant and wasn't listening to me. I mentioned this to my RA nurse who told me I could chane doctor if I wanted, I said I would give hime 1 more chance. I also mentioned it to my Gp after a recent flare and he said he would write to say that I wasn't happy with my control and all the cancellations!
Now was it the girls spoke to him, or did my Gp scathing in his letter, or was it the fact I was on duty and went in my uniform (I am a ward sister) or a combination of all 3, or was he just having a better day? Anyway whatever it was it was a completely different experience, he listened to me, he examined me properly, he gave me a steroid injection into my ankle (which has been really painful), he has referred me for physio to my elbows ( I have been getting that "knocked my funny bone" feeling) and is sending me for more ultra sound images to see what is going on!! He even offered to give me a sick note for the day so I could rest my ankle!! (not needed as I was on the quiet side), and the cherry on the top was the permission to contact his secretary if needed between now and my next appointment!! wow!! I think maybe it is worth expressing dissatisfaction now and again as it was a positive result for me. I didn't whinge, just did it nice as I could lol
Now I can concentrate on my next problem, walking around Orlando for 2 weeks-really looking forward to our first family holiday in 4 years but, dreading what it will do to my poor sore feet! Still the heat will be good and I'm taking my monopod (a camera stand cunningly disguised as a walking stick :), brilliant invention).Does anyone else get swelling and pain around their ankles? What do you do to help it if you have to be on your feet? any suggestions would ne great
I'll try and bring the sun back with me for you al