My last check-up in Cape Town was in December last year.
At the time I had discussed with the good professor the painful problem that I had in my left buttock and upper left leg.
Everything else that I experience is uncomfortable but not painful!
We have tried everything – I mean everything! – to alleviate the pain, especially aggravated when sitting or lying down.
He suggested that I should see a specialist in Port Elizabeth who was doing work in this regard.
So when I returned home, I made an appointment to see her.
Only one problem – she is so busy that the earliest appointment I could get was on Thursday 22 August 2013 – eight months in the future!
I asked Dr Britz in Port Elizabeth to see if he could speed up the process and the response I got was that I would be put on a waiting list in case there was a cancellation.
All this time I have just lived with the ongoing pain.
I received a call last month that there was a cancellation and I could visit the next day! As luck would have it, I was busy with a motor neurone disease meeting and was not able to go.
So yesterday the big day arrived.
Armed with my R800 for the consultation, my medical aid card and ID document (which I had been reminded on a few occasions to bring along), I went to see the specialist.
Well, a good lesson for any patient is to discuss the payment with the doctor personally. It so happened that there was a discount involved because I had been there previously. Thank you very much!
The rest would be forwarded to the god of medical aids in this country. I think that soon we will Discover that the funds there have also dried up!
After a thorough examination, it was recommended that maybe a cortisone injection into my hip joint would assist.
It was just a jab of a prick and a little EINA!
Some anti-inflammatory capsules would round off this exercise in self-discovery and trial-and-error medication. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
By last night, the pain was a little worse and by this morning, even more so.
Let’s hope it will improve as the day wears on.
And no more sitting for the rest of the day … is this what a giraffe feels like standing all day?