I don't remember for sure what we did last year, but now two out of last three years we have spent Thanksgiving Eve in the Emergency Room.
Two years ago Brandy's back was in so much pain her routine RXs were not enough and she was basically completely immobile. So we ended up in the ER for hours until she got the appropriate shots and such. When we left she was telling all the hospital staff how nice they were and was promising to bake pies for all of them. (Oh, and by the time we left the ER that time I was almost at the point where *I* needed the ER because a kidney stone chose that evening to make itself known as well, but I managed to get home and take my own pain RX and make it through.)
About 24 hours ago as we were leaving Amy's first bass lesson with her new teacher Brandy fell on a wet step. She thought she had twisted her ankle. When it was no better this morning she made a Doctor appointment.
Turns out she fractured her leg just above the ankle. The primary care Dr was not allowed by VA rules to do much of anything. At least not and have VA pay for it. Brandy paid for a temporary splint anyway even though it would not be covered. But they told her she had to go to the actual VA hospital to get a longer term cast or walking boot and crutches and such.
So here we are, in the waiting room at the hospital ER (since the rest of the place is closed). We'll probably be here a decent number of hours before we are done.
Two out of three years isn't enough. We need to make this an annual Thanksgiving family tradition. Perhaps we can take turns on who is in need of urgent medical attention each year though. No need for Brandy to do it every year. We can set up a rotation!
sam can take a turn next year. on the bright side the urgent care at va is probably the only er in the city that doesn't have crutches. so I am supposed to just not walk until I drive back on monday park at the very back of the steep parking lot and hop all the way up to the door, down endless hallways, down the stairs...
Since they didn't have them at the hospital, we got our own crutches at a drug store later in the evening. Of course, the next day Brandy decided she was done with it, and took off all the stuff. She's wearing some of it again now.
Nobody had to go to the ER over Thanksgiving in 2007. Woo!!!