Bad Advice

Last night, after making a delicious, but very involved corn chowder for dinner, I retired to my recliner to put my foot up and ice my ankle. Shortly thereafter, the twitching started. I got a twitch in the middle of my calf that went on for about an hour or so. I really didn't think anything much of it, other than the fact it was pretty freaking annoying.

Then this morning at work, the twitching started again. It went on for hours. I, as I am prone to sometimes do, came up with some unlikely medical condition causing it (a blood clot) and freaked the heck right out. Then I called my doctor, and left a message to have her call me back about. She had her assistant call later, and the advice they gave me is what this post is all about.

First, she said, it's probably nothing, and just apply some moist heat if it really starts to bother you. However, if it becomes painful and red, or if you start to have trouble breating(!!!) call and make an appointment to come in.

Yeah. Right. I'm having trouble breathing, do you have any appointments open?

Sure. How does next Friday work?

Seriously, that's about how it goes. I think, I hope, that I would be smart enough to head my ass into the ER if I were having trouble breathing.

And I was really starting to like this doctor too!


Cassie said...
October 16, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Oooh, corn chowder, YUM. I've been looking for a good recipe, so I hope you share yours!

Doctor's offices are stupid sometimes. I hope your twitch is gone today. I'm like you -- I always think of unlikely medical conditions and make myself panic. I do the same thing when Andrew's sick, poor kid.

SJ said...
October 17, 2009 at 7:40 PM

So what was wrong then with your leg? Did the doctor say what it could have been and why it would possibly make you have trouble breathing?

And yeah, go to the ER please if you start having trouble breathing. Please.

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