Saturday, February 02, 2008

Health update

I went to Kaiser Wednesday, to follow up from the ER in NOLA (when I was diagnosed with whiplash). Dr. Lai and I talked for awhile; she actually spent time listening to me. She gave me generic Flexeril (a muscle relaxant), and more monster-Motrin. And a referral to PT, when I asked if I needed it.

I forgot to call the physical therapy office; will try today, and if not, Monday. Flexeril makes me tired and loopy, and I really want my body (and head) back. Wednesday night, I was acting drunk, though I thought my head was clear. I was told I moved like the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz.

I halved it, yesterday, and felt some better. Still, I’m really tired of being uncoordinated and sleepy. On meds, my back feels fine, but I’m drowsy and sluggish. Off them, I have a clear head—and it feels like someone’s grabbing my shoulder blade, not gently.

She did say I’d recover completely, though. And it should be quicker than the 2 ½ months the doc at Touro told me. (The one who showed me his neck-surgery scar, bless him, and panicked me so badly that they ended up doing a CT scan to appease me. It came out clear.)


Jane R said...

Dr. Tom Hendrickson, chiropractor in Kensington (right on the Berkeley border, not far at all), or any of his colleagues. Went to him for years, so did my dancer cousin with back issues, so did one of my massage therapists. Best chiro in town (even got one of those magazine awards for it), teaches chiropractic, etc. You probably won't be able to get an appointment with him personally but he usually has two other chiropractors there and they are excellent and completely trustworthy. Yes, he does whiplash. Hope you feel better soon!

Kirstin said...

Ooh, good tip. Thanks!

Episcopollyanna said...

I'm way behind and missed the accident story. Yikes! Hope you feel better soon. I've had two accidents in the past three years and swear by PT/massage by this amazing guy here who used to teach anatomy.

Anyway, the Flexeril can at least help you sleep. Take care of yourself!! (((hugs)))

Kirstin said...

Thanks! ((((hugs back))))