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badger_14 last won the day on September 30 2019

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  1. badger_14

    The Sweet Spot

    Finally cleared to go back on the ambulance! Unfortunately that means I'm working Christmas eve (7am Tuesday to 7am Wednesday). That's OT for the 7 Christmas hours, which is nice, but also means I miss my church's Christmas eve service. I haven't missed it since before I joined the choir, so I'm feeling a bit down about it. On the other hand, I'm performing a solo at the solstice service and was told to costume myself "as festively as possible", so I'm tremendously excited for Saturday.
  2. That's dedication, on top of the cost to play already! Do other youth sports have similar issues? Are there more flexible school options for kids?
  3. The nearest ice rink, I could walk to in 10 minutes or so, and do so to get my skates done. The rink I typically skate (when healthy) at is a 15-20 minute drive at that time of day (0700 on a Saturday). I happen to live in an area (metro Boston) where you can't swing a cat and not hit a rink. Do they all have adult hockey times? No, but they all absolutely host kids programs. I would prefer to travel a half hour at most. I have to get there, get dressed, play, get undressed, and get home. For a 9pm session/game, more than that is simply not worth it for me. However, as noted, I have the luxury of many, many rinks in that 30 minute radius. Before I had a car, I was willing to travel further because the rink had to be transit or foot accessible (with gear). The year I learned to play, it took me nearly 2 hours to get to the rink. Two buses and a half-mile walk. Glad I don't have to do that anymore.
  4. badger_14

    The Sweet Spot

    I had my 2 week postop yesterday. I am now allowed to drive, lift up to 15lbs, and swim (within reason). I can even go back to some desk shifts at my gym job. I had a nice light swim this morning, and I'm going to go see my horse buddies on Friday. (Can't ride for another 4-6 weeks).
  5. badger_14

    The Venting Spot

    Officially, my workplace allows up to 48 hours of sick time (Mass. has an earned sick time law, so every employee in the state automatically accrues 1 hour for every 30-40 hours worked), which is 6 days for a normal job, but for a paramedic it's two shifts. They also get real, real pissy if you have to leave work sick.
  6. badger_14

    Fat Guy Pants

    I wear 38" jeans and have XL CCM Premier pants. With the interior belt, they were too small, but I snipped that out and they're more than roomy enough (they have an outer belt and I wear suspenders anyway). When I started, and weighed more, I had Bauer Classic, which fit quite loose but also have almost no padding up toward the hips, so depending on your pickup group's skill level that may not be a great option.
  7. badger_14

    The Venting Spot

    The worst they can do is say no, right?
  8. badger_14

    The Venting Spot

    I really think hospitals should start handing out little courtesy kits with sleeping masks and earplugs...
  9. badger_14

    The Sweet Spot

    I had a lumbar microdiscectomy. Surgeon said light walking, nothing strenous, no bending/lifting/twisting, no driving nd he'll reevaluate at my postop visit. I feel pretty good walking.
  10. badger_14

    The Sweet Spot

    Oh, yeah, not having excruciating leg pain 90% of the time is great. I'm trying not to overdo it, but things look good so far.
  11. badger_14

    The Sweet Spot

    My neurosurgeon pulled some major strings and I ended up having my surgery yesterday! I am in for a lengthy recovery before I can get back to fun things like hockey, but I'm doing pretty well, sticking to the postop directions. Just glad to have the pressure off the nerves at last.
  12. badger_14

    The Venting Spot

    Just have the nurse put it in your chart: "Patient is allergic to foolishness". I've had a couple of surgeries, one of which was more specialized (in the sense, a very limited number of surgeons perform it, though the number is increasing). For one, I had my parents' insurance still, so that was all dealt with, and really I could've had it at just about any hospital with a competent GI surgeon. The second one I had medicaid, which paid for everything (thank god), it was just a question of the scheduling wheels turning slowly (meet the surgeon, pre-op appointments, actual surgery, etc, but I was got in early d/t a cancellation). Now, I have a partially subsidized plan, but it's the first time I've had a plan where my local (5 mins away) hospital is out of network for anything but emergency visits. The specialty hospital is among the best in the country, so I'm perfectly happy to have it there, it's just that, OR time is a limited resource, especially for a hospital doing such a high volume of orthopedic procedures daily. It was frustrating to get a date, frantically arrange things, then be told "um, actually..." And have to frantically re-arrange things and tell people "...ok soon, but I don't know when, I'll get back to you". It might be a week of delay, or two weeks, or a month. I do get the sense this surgeon will go to bat for me, because when we looked at my MRIs, he got very distressed when my reply to, "How are you walking around not in excruciating pain?" was "Well, I am in pain, but I have a life and no real choice, so I just have to accept it." The funny thing is, I saw this exact scenario with a patient a few years ago. He needed some toes amputated, which pretty much any fool with an MD and a set of bolt cutters can do, so he went to Local Hospital, but because of his insurance had to be transferred to a large downtown trauma center, admitted and have the surgery there - and his wife didn't drive. Absolute nonsense.
  13. badger_14

    The Venting Spot

    What a nightmare! I'm so sorry this is all happening. I hope you get some kind of good news soon, even if it's just "you won't have a roommate this time".
  14. badger_14

    The Venting Spot

    Having surgery to repair a very badly herniated disc (this is going on 2 years of sciatic/leg pain, worsening in spite of everything), which was not an easy decision to make anyway (it needs repair, but anxiety). Got a surgery date at Local Hospital, got a call a couple hours later saying Local Hospital flagged it because they're not in-network for my insurance. So, now likely having it at Specialty Hospital, but I'm not sure when, and have to wait til Monday for more news so I can arrange everything with my workplaces and the rest of my life. Healthcare is stressful. The surgeon's office and the Specialty Hospital have been great, at least.
  15. badger_14

    Neck guard for long hair

    Does she tie or braid her hair back or let it flow? Braiding might keep it from getting caught.