I had a beautiful 80 mile drive over Poncha Pass to Salida. I found the clinic — easy! Filled out the forms, used the restroom, waited for my turn while reading My Family and Other Animals — the basis for the PBS show, The Durrells in Corfu. I was called by the nurse, a really nice woman named Diana. My vitals were sketchy, as always (terror at the doctor’s office followed by “Oh, good, you’re on blood pressure meds.”) Slightly elevated temp. Doc comes in, a big guy my age, maybe a little older. He doesn’t make eye contact. Then he tells me, “We can’t open the disk with your X-rays. Something wrong with our computer system. We’re still working on it.” That problem didn’t get solved.
He examined me and discovered that my left leg is 1/2 inch shorter than my right. “I think that’s a big problem with your walking,” he said. “You can’t stride with that leg as you can with the right leg. Walk for me again.” It’s true. I HAVE to limp.
“That right there would make walking very tiring for you and cause pain. We can correct leg length discrepancy a little with hip surgery, but not 1/2 inch. That would make your hip stiff.”
Meanwhile they kept trying to open the file with my X-ray.
Since I’ve been through this before, I KNEW what should be happening. He SHOULD have been able to X-ray me THERE. He should talk to me about the procedure (he finally did) and about the posthesis, ideally showing me a model (he didn’t). I learned that procedure he does is not the one I really want. That was a piece of useful information I got from the visit.
SO…I got a book with all the precautions (which I already know) and a direct order to find and go to a dentist (I knew that would be necessary…).
I drove back over the pass — Poncha Pass is fun to drive, lots of curves, a decent incline — I felt happy when I dropped back down into my Holy Valley with the wide golden fields, the pale blue mountains, the enormous sky, the black angus cattle.
Here’s an aerial phot of the pass. In the upper left hand corner, facing, is the San Luis Valley. In the bottom left corner closest to you is Poncha Springs, about 5 miles from my destination today. It’s a really nice pass unless it’s snowing.
I will be shopping for doctors.