WHEN ONE IS STRICKEN WITH GOUT                                                                                                                                                                            IT IS MOST DIFFICULT TO GET ABOUT                                                                                         AS HUBBY  RECENTLY FOUND OUT

One morning D. woke up with a sore and red toe. He thought he probably bumped it or that his shoe and foot had suddenly  became incompatible. He had difficulty hobbling around and borrowed a cane from one of our neighbours This is an older condo complex and a large number of owners and renters are seniors. There is never a shortage of canes , crutches, wheelchairs or walkers available to beg or borrow but not to steal.

D’s pain didn’t subside. Our common sense, our general knowledge and google,  jointly diagnosed his problem as gout. Gout is a type of acute inflammatory arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the blood. This made sense to us because D. over the years has had recurrent kidney stone attacks. The composition of his kidney stones was found to be mainly uric acid mixed with some calcium.  Gout normally  attacks the big toe. D. tends not to follow the norm and it was his baby toe that was affected. Although only one joint is usually targeted, the condition can become chronic with recurrent episodes of pain, inflammation and swelling. Chronic gout can be treated with medications to reduce uric acid levels. Incidentally gout is sometimes referred to as the rich man’s disease because foods like red meat, lobster , cream, butter and red wine are high in uric acid. Has D. been holding out on me? Show me the money honey.

After  D. endured  the pain for a couple of days we made a trip to the emergency Department of the Mount Sinai Medical Centre in Aventura Florida. This is a fancy urgent Care Facility with fancy prices that were to be charged directly to our Canadian insurance.  The doctor confirmed our diagnosis of gout and prescribed a medication to reduce the pain and inflammation The care was wonderful, the staff personable and knowledgeable. The only downside was the time and effort  spent on the phone with the insurance company and time spent waiting for the exchange of faxes sent back and forth between the health facility and the insurance. Finally , we were told that we could leave and that the hospital would collect the money from the insurance. Today,  a week later we received a call from the insurance company saying that they wouldn’t pay the Mount sinai Medical center. They said we were to pay and then negotiate with them on our return to Toronto. The Mount Sinai has as yet  not informed us as to the amount of the bill. The saga continues. Keep posted.

The main thing D. is now gout free

About epsnider

E.P SNIDER is the pen name that I used to publish "WHY ME- a memoir". I used a pen name so as not to embarrass my spouse, my offspring, their offspring, my grand dogs and my friends. A dream came true when I had my first book published at the age of sixty-nine. "WHY ME? "is a collection of memoirs recounted from various stages of my life and the lives of those that I love or like at least some of the time. Most of the incidences are humorous-some are not. I am a senior but I feel more like a junior except for the aches and pains. When I look in the mirror I often see my mother or some other aging lady with wrinkles and sun spots. The amount and depth of wrinkling depends on which mirror I am looking into, the degree of lighting and how well my skin absorbed the moisturizing cream that day. Although I am mature in years, maturity is definitely not one of my virtues. If something strikes me as funny I get the giggles. Most of my family and many of our friends have a rather warped sense of humour-so I giggle a lot. Laughter plays an important role in our lives. My friends were a significant inspiration for me to begin my writing career. For the past number of years hubby and I have been spending part of the winter season in Florida to escape the sometimes bitter cold climate in Toronto Canada. Every year I send emails to those left behind. To my delight they find my emails to be hysterical and a cure for their winter doldrums. They compare my style of writing to that of the late Erma Bombeck. For those of you not familiar with the author-- she was a beloved American humorist in the 1970's and 1980's. I have loved literature and creative writing from an early age. I spent some of my growing up years in Alberta and won a prize for a best poem commemorating Alberta's bicentennial year. My grade seven teacher was a large and forceful woman, with white hair and course bristly white chin hairs to match. We were all intimidated by her and thus listened intently as she drilled us about parsing sentences and adverbs and adjectives. She provided me with a good basis of the English language. In addition to "Why Me" I have had a short essay published in a book of assorted memoirs by Canadian woman. I currently write for our Toronto Condominium newspaper. I hope to do more writing, although I am not sure if my family can cope with any more of my meltdowns when blocks of written material mysteriously disappear off of my computor. I admit I am computor and electronically challenged, but I will persevere. - - - - - - - - - - - Writing has been a passion of mine through out my life. Ever since I took a step forward and entered into the world of computers, a new world of opened up for me. I found myself engrossed in writing emails with lengthy updates about my life's recent highlights. To my delight, people found me...funny! I then offered to write for my condo newsletter, and I recently had a short memoir published. For the last several years I became glued to my computer, transferring my hand-written life adventure notes to an actual story of my life's defining moments. Finally, at the age of 69, I was done... I wrote a book! AND it's actually published. People are reading it. People are enjoying it. I am thrilled! Plus, it's one of the greatest gifts I could ever give my family. Talk about a dream come true. My advice to you: Think positive, keep your eye on the prize, and you too can enjoy as your dreams and desires come to fruition.
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