Squidge had an appointment with a gp today, not her regular one as she was booked until late next week. Squidge has been limping for about a week and a half. I went to see her gp a couple of days after the limp appeared and was told to give it a few days and if it was still there to come back. Still there I came back. So what happened when we get there?
GP: I can’t see it. Are you sure she has a limp?
ME: It’s her left leg, there you see! SHE’S LIMPING.
GP: No sorry can’t see it. It looks like normal toddler walking to me.
ME: You mean most toddlers walk like they’re dragging their foot behind them?? She has a limp. She’s had it for over a week. Dr V saw it and said to come back if it didn’t go away. (meanwhile Squidge is running around and we’re looking at her) I know I’m not imaging this because people- STRANGERS say things like “does she always walk like that” and “is her leg OK? It looks like she’s limping” or ” are you OK sweetie, do you have an owie on your leg”!!
I begin to pack up my things and thank him when there’s a knock on the door. It’s Dr V our usual doc, YAY!! So he asks her about it and she confirms that yes Squidge did have a limp last week and that she thought if it didn’t go away it was toddler hip displacement (or something to that effect). So he’s referring us to see an pediatric orthopaedic specialist. It’s a good thing Dr. V showed up when she did because I was going to walk out and make another appointment with another doc and I would have continued to do that until some one listened to me. I’m with my daughter all the time and I KNOW when something is wrong- don’t f%#k with me regarding my daughter- I’ll cut you!! Grrrr!!!
I get a little frustrated with the docs here in the UK. Please don’t get me wrong I am sooo grateful for the National Health Service. I don’t have the think about health-care and health costs. If I have a problem I just call and we’re usually seen in a couple of days. My frustration comes in their reactive attitude towards medicine. It’s a little difficult adjusting to a different way of doing things. In the US they’re much more proactive. If I brought Squidge in for something they’d be all over her. At the end of the day I prefer the NHS because at least I HAVE health coverage. Anyhoo rant over hopefully we’ll have an appointment with the pediatric orthopaedic person sooner rather than later.
As for those that asked about how Squidge got her limp. I don’t know, she just woke up one morning with a limp. She’s not complaining, doesn’t wince in pain and continues to run around and play like she normally does. All I know is that I can’t stand to look at her when she limps, she looks broken and it breaks my heart!
I’ve been working on getting my photographs in order. I take photos almost every singe day but I haven’t printed any since June. I also want to frame them and hang them on the wall by the stairs. So off we went to Ikea to pick up some frames-I want them all in black frames and knew that Ikea would have something I liked.
I still have another 10 or so to frame but ran out of money. I’m kicking myself for heading out to Ikea without my debit card!! I also picked up an 8×10 frame for the ‘professional’ photo I had done on Friday. Yes folks it’s only taken us 19 months to have a professional photo done. From what I could see all I need is a black and a white sheet and I can do what they do! I’m sure you guessed it folks, I also picked up a white sheet (a fleece blanket actually) while I was at Ikea.
Just some photos from Head over Heels (did you know that Melanie Brown took her kids there when she was in Manchester- Oooh la la!) yesterday.