8am: Go to doctor at the clinic across the street. We are seen immediately. She is nice and offers to give him an anti-inflammatory injection, but also says we need to get x-rays, which they don’t do there. We will have to go to the military hospital instead. Aaron decides not to get shot because he is afraid his foot will feel better and he will hurt it worse by using it.
8:20am: Take taxi to military hospital. Ask where x-rays are. Go to x-rays, get directed to appointment desk/waiting line. Get told to get x-rays first, then make appointment, but first pay for x-rays at other window. Go to other window, get bill, go to another window to pay. Return to x-rays. Taken immediately.
8:50am: Return to appointment desk/line and show that I have Aaron’s x-rays. Told I can’t have appointment with doctor recommended by first doctor, but I can come back at 7:30am tomorrow to get in line for an appointment. Eventually I am told that I could see a different doctor, or rather I can get Aaron a number in line for the 3pm doctor. I leave to ask Aaron what he wants. He says whatever is fastest. I return to appointment desk/wait in line and talk to a completely different person. This person tells me that I could see the doctor who is currently there, which is neither the 3pm doctor, nor the doctor I initially asked to see. I am told to go pay at the pay window (no stop at the intermediate window this time) and they will give me my number (for my place in line.) I do this and get number 9. It is now 9:15am.
9:16am: Find office of doctor and ask everyone else who is waiting what number they are on. Two. Take kids to get snacks while Aaron waits.
11:15am: Beyond happy when it is finally Aaron’s turn. Tell doctor about Aaron’s feet, show him x-rays, he checks out Aaron’s feet and determines he needs some nerve help. I don’t fully understand all that he says, I am thinking Aaron is getting an injection like the first doctor says, but then we are sent to the pharmacy down the hallway. We wait outside the doctor’s office while he sees 3 more patients.
12:30pm: Doctor gives Aaron some “nerve treatment” in his mouth, wherein he pokes him several times with a needle filled with some sort of anesthetic. This gives Aaron no relief, but makes us all smile when Harmon instructs “be brave dad! Don’t cry!” (He didn’t cry.) Next the doctor wants to see Aaron’s foot again and proceeds to jab him over 20 times in the leg, ankle, and foot. Each time he asks “does this hurt?” and Aaron says, “yes it stings” so the doctor keeps going, because he is not looking for stinging, he is looking for nerve pain! The doctor runs out of juice in the needle setup and decides this “randompuncture” as Aaron has termed it is not working. We are sent away with no concrete diagnosis, but an order for fasting blood work tomorrow.
Tomorrow we will get up first thing and get blood work done, followed by a trip on Wednesday morning back to the same doctor. Really, I can’t imagine why Aaron doesn’t like doctors. It’s not like it was a big deal or anything…