Jedi Knight gets affordable health care

Towards the end of November, the Podebrady Orthopedic saw me three times in two weeks. I would say, both occasions were injuries resulting from my own clumsiness. : )

After Youth Hangout, a few of us were playing a Star Wars game on Xbox Kinect. In this game, you are acting as a Jedi. Playing the game requires you to wave your hand around in swiping motions (as if using a light saber), you also need to jump and duck down to avoid obstacles in the game. It fascinates me how a a video game can be so interactive; I remember Sega and Play Station. hehe Back to the story at hand, unbeknownst to myself, to my right was one of the ceramic-top tables we for the events. As I was swinging my “light saber,”  I whacked my hand on the table. It really hurt at first, but I kept playing. I was fulfilling one of my childhood dreams in being a Jedi Knight.

I thought nothing of it that night. But the next day, it was too painful  to move my hand. It continued to hurt for the next few days even though I tried to wrap it to stop using it, which was near impossible because I am right-handed. On Monday, I went to the orthopedic doctor that Tomas told me about. I walked to the Doctor’s office across from the post office, signed my name on the sign in sheet (trying to use my left-hand) and waited my turn. The doctor’s office was on the first floor at the back of a long hallway. The waiting room consisted of about 15 chairs for patients to sit, and the doctor’s door (dark window-less door) was locked until you were called to come.

When called to see the doctor, he requested an x-ray to ensure my hand wasn’t broken. I went down the hall to the radiologists. I gave the woman the scrip, t and I payed less than $20 dollars for an x-ray! It is far more expensive in the USA. After receiving the x-ray, I went back to the osteopathic physician to give him the x-rays. Praise the Lord my hand wasn’t broken. : ) The total bill for seeing the doctor and getting an x-ray was half the price of a seeing a specialist in the US.

The day after my hand was finally healed, I was walking at night to a friends house. The pavement/cobblestone sidewalks are very uneven here. I stepped down off the curb to cross the street, and I felt the familiar pain of spraining my ankle. I felt a sudden popping and piercing pain (this was the fourth of fifth time I sprained my ankle). It was quite sore the rest of the night, and I was hobbling around on Sunday. Monday morning, I went to the same doctor.

After waiting about an hour, the doctor called me into his office yet again. He asked me if my hand still hurt, it had been the previous Monday I came to see him. His instructions were to return Monday  if my hand was still sore. When sitting in his office, I said my hand is fine, but I sprained my ankle on Saturday. Again I was going for an x-ray and showing the doctor the x-ray pictures. The doctor instructed me not to walk on my foot for a few days.  I asked for some crutches so I could keep my wait off the ankle. I tried to explain about underarm crutches, but without success  I got elbow crutches. American crutches vs. Elbow crutches

When I left the doctor’s office, I felt so so wobbly on those crutches. It hurt more to use the crutches than to put all my weight on the ankle. I was walking on my toe. The next day, I went back to the doctor’s office and when the nurse came out to call a patient, I showed her a picture of “American” crutches, as they are called in Europe. So I was able to hobble out of the office and keep my weight off my ankle.

Praise the Lord the ankle was better by Friday. I was blessed to walk crutch-free at the Vienna Christmas Markets trip with my friends.


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