I thought he was just inserting the local anesthesia, and he was already pulling out (har har). In comparison to my previous experience -- be it time, pain, trauma and all around fuss -- it makes me want to check the prices to see what the other place was charging me. Let's see:
Last time: There were four people hovering around me the entire time, working the machine, the needle, trying to calm me down (people watching?)...
This time: There was my surgeon and his assistant in the room, but she never even approached us.
Last time: The cat scan they kept pushing me into to check the angle of the injection was ancient and huge, taking up half the room.
This time: The scan was the size of a dinner plate that just hovered over my hip the whole time. No stopping and starting, stopping and starting.
Last time: They tied up my feet to keep them from twitching, which made me feel extremely vulnerable and uncomfortable in a room full of people.
This time: No bondage for me.
Last time: The injection took about 20 minutes of slow inching deeper-and-deeper into my joint.
This time: The injection of both local anesthesia and cortisone took one minute, wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am.
I am... disgusted.
I got all seriously worked up. I got Valium, for gawd sakes. I was so freaked out about the idea of repeating that procedure that as soon as I stepped off the table, I burst into tears of sheer relief. That was really it?!
And to top it all off, the nurse went and got me a boxed fruit juice drink.
Did I get a boo boo?
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So much for Valium. I have to wonder if they actually gave me a placebo, because I noticed no difference except perhaps a protracted morning fuzzy head. Every emotion you'd think Valium was supposed to innure you to, I experienced in full color that morning: anxiety, fear, tears on several occasions, and actual rage. There's nothing like a good spot of rage to make you feel young again. You know the kind: fire in the eyes, chest aching, drooling through clenched teeth and the top of your head shooting off towards Mars.
So I say, again; wtf is this Valium shit? Sounds like a conspiracy to me.