1. "You'll go back for your next injection in two weeks and if that doesn't help things, then I'll send you back to Dr Smith for a surgical consult."
2. Sprint's crapped-out service.
3. The fact that everyone I would normally talk to about my current freak-out situation is gone and apparently phones don't work in the Virgin Islands or California...
4. I owe the government $256.00 in taxes. Normally I'd be frustrated but okay with it but please refer back to Box 1 above.
5. My now impending EMG (electromyogram). What's that, you ask? I'm glad you asked:
How much fun does that sound! And...to boot I also get to have a "Nerve Conduction Study." Not nearly as exciting and not riddled with needles, but involving "shock emitting electrodes" and "recording electrodes," respectively.
The skin over the areas to be tested is cleaned with an antiseptic
solution. An electrode that combines the reference point and a needle for
recording is inserted into the specific muscle to be tested and attached by
wires to a recording machine.
The needle may be repositioned a number of times to record the
electrical activity in different areas of the muscle or in different
An EMG may take 30 to 60 minutes. When the testing is completed, the needle and skin electrodes are
removed and those areas of the skin where a needle was inserted are cleaned. You
may be given a pain reliever if any of the areas where a needle was inserted are
This just plain sucks, and I can't think of a more eloquent way to say that so there you have it.
However--"plagiary" is a word, despite the fact that I had to argue and finally agree to disagree on it.