I have about 3.2 seconds to post, but that's nothing out of the ordinary. . .and posting is really the last thing I NEED to spend time on; I NEED to go to a doctor, but when?
I've had chronic knee problems since junior high, when I injured my left leg twice in 2 years. . . My knee never quite healed properly and has been giving me various degrees of problems ever since. For the past year, however, this problem has grown progressively worse - most amounts of activity (even simple walking) causes pain and stairs might seriously kill me sometime soon. My classroom is on the second floor and my kids have noticed since the beginning of the year that I "walk funny" on the stairs. Since the original injury was such a long time ago, added to the fact that I have NO time, I have put off going to see the doctor.
For the past few weeks, a new ache has been added to my list of complaints. When my neck first started hurting, I attributed it to stress. I ALWAYS carry my stress in my shoulders, so a little bit of tension was nothing new. I became concerned over the fact that I couldn't really turn my head to the left, but even that was a minor inconvenience - I wince when merging in traffic, but elsewhere I just turn my body instead of just my head, avoiding the neck pain. Most recently, however this pain has become intense and started traveling up and down my left arm. I was almost in tears today from neck pain.
I STILL don't have time to go to the doctor. Apparently, this is REALLY not good though, as not one, but two of my doctor friends have told me that it sounds like I have a slipped disk and I might be causing nerve damage. They think that I must have injured it because I was favoring my knee (and both of them reamed me out for having ignored that problem). FANtastic. Knowing this still does not help me clear my schedule - I *might* be able to go on Memorial Day, if a) they're open and b) there's a free appointment, but if that's a no go I can't get there until at least June 6 and more likely June 29.
Off to pop some more painkillers. . .and to set up a permission slip for Wednesday. . .and clean up backstage. . .and grade the kids' butterfly projects. . .and oversee rehearsal. . .and find something to eat. . .and input playbill information. . .and count seats so I can print tickets. . .and print tickets. . .and burn my class's assembly presentation to a DVD. . .and 1,000 other things that are on my to-do list before "go to doctor."