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24 June 2012 @ 05:22 pm
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So, this is going to appear in copperbadge's Radio Free Monday post tomorrow, and I wanted to go ahead and signal-boost it now with my flist.

whereupon has offered a succinct and utterly factual explanation of what's going on (and I don't know how she did it, seeing how she's barely been able to get out of bed this weekend due to overwhelming nausea/disorientation/pain, and she was combating double vision even as she typed it), with requests for any kind of assistance people are able to offer: whether employment opportunities, doctor/medical recommendations, or financial.

So much is out of our control -- we'll hopefully find out tomorrow whether a pain clinic that we've been struggling with all last week, including arranging to have records submitted to them twice over after they cancelled the appointment they originally scheduled with her, will even accept her as a patient and schedule a first appointment -- but getting some help now will at least give us more options, rather than resorting to the very last one of her returning long-term to Alaska.

Fuck, I want her to still be here in a week's time.
Current Location: hug back
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
Calliopeiacalliopeia17 on June 25th, 2012 11:40 am (UTC)
Ok, this isn't the most helpful thing in the world, but has she been screened by someone (I think usually dentists do this screening) for TMJD? I would never have even heard of this if it hadn't been a fact at issue in a case I'm working on (loooooong story), but another thing that I learned while working on said case is that a) it can cause severe, debilitating jaw, neck, and shoulder pain; b) dentists (rather than pain doctors) treat it by using various scary-sounding methods to correct jaw alignment; and c) at least around here, some dentists occasionally do work on patients who can't pay as a combination charity/publicity thing. Now, I have no idea what the market for that sort of thing might be in Houston, but it might at least be a new avenue of inquiry.
Nobody's laughing now: R - deal with myselflavinialavender on June 25th, 2012 12:15 pm (UTC)
TMJ was actually the first thing that was suggested back in Alaska, by the guy who is apparently the one and only specialist in the state, an hour away in Anchorage. He was a jerk on a number of levels, and made her this special mouthguard thing he told her to wear for four months, which was supposed to realign her jaw (and keep her from grinding), but after two months he asked if it's helped the pain and she said no, so he said it must not be working and he didn't know what he could do for her, goodbye. He was probably also pissed at her because she filed a HIPAA complaint because he refused to send the records from her visits to her primary care physician, or herself, even after explicit written requests.

This is (part of) why she's in Houston now.

But thanks for the suggestion, it is a pretty good one.