Cindy tweaked her back a couple months ago and rather than complain she has been babying it, continuing to do her normal routine, going to work taking care of her clients, coming home taking care of her dad, and doing everything but take care of herself, she does this she says because she is tough.
Last Friday morning I could see the pain on her face and knew she was just about to give in, she assured me that even though she is tough, her dad told her that she should go to Urgent Care, she always listens to dad because he is dad and he is tougher.
Urgent Care opens at 9am and we left the house at 8:30 so we could be there when the doors opened, Cindy pulled out of the driveway in a manner that reminded me of the green flag waving at the Daytona 500, fifteen minutes later and a lot of tough words to fellow drivers Urgent care was coming into view.
As we pulled into the parking lot Cindy freaked out, "look at all those people waiting, do you know how many germs are floating around that door?" I told my little germophobic wife that everything was going to be OK as we walked up to stand behind the other two patients who were there.
I’m not kidding when I say germophobic, this girl has gotten so serious since she became a caregiver, gloves go on for everything, we buy so many gloves for her we seriously should own stock in a rubber glove company, or should I say a latex free glove company, I am surprised she wasn’t wearing a facemask and gloves when we pulled up to Urgent Care.
She told me this shouldn't take long because I already know what is wrong, I'm going to tell them that I need a steroid shot and a prescription for steroids, I don't need any muscle relaxers or pain pills because I can handle it, I made the mistake of saying, “because you're tough.....Right?” This was about the time I got the look that told me she is.
After an agonizingly long wait her name was finally called five minutes later, the Doctor came in and went over her details, listened to Cindy's diagnosis and treatment plan, and explained to Cindy that those decisions would be made after the examination.
When the examination was completed the Doctor prescribed a steroid shot, steroids, pain pills, and muscle relaxers to be called in to our pharmacy, and also an anti inflammatory/pain shot before she would be released, Cindy refused all the pain meds and muscle relaxers and also the extra shot, I don't need all that doc, I'm tough I can make it without all of that stuff.
After a long sleepless night Cindy told me early Saturday morning, I don't feel so tough, I think we need to go back to Urgent Care, a repeat of Fridays drive and wait time and she walked away with the anti inflammatory shot and muscle relaxers, I asked "what about the pain meds?"
She simply smiled at me and said......
I don't need them I'm tough.
When you are sick or in pain, do you handle it well or act like a baby?