I hope y'all had a nice Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S. It's a global audience for the blog, but I had the take the day off from Lean (other than this post for the holiday).
I spent a lot of time over the weekend being lazy and resting as many people do – but for medical reasons, in my case. I threw out my lower back on Friday morning. Allow me to warn you about the workplace safety threat that is the sneeze. I was seated and turned to sneeze…. ouch, my back. By Friday afternoon, I was really hobbling around with a lot of pain shooting down my left leg, muscle twitches and spasms… it was pretty bad. So what to do?
It's not just an American problem, but our healthcare options are limited over a holiday weekend.
In England, they are working on a “7-day NHS” initiative to provide the same level of care seven days a week. It will be interesting to see if that can be adopted and if it can work (and if they can afford it).
Here, by Sunday, I was in even more pain and was pretty bedridden. So, I had my wife drive me to a local urgent care clinic. I didn't think my condition merited a full-blown hospital emergency department visit.
The urgent care clinic was a surprisingly good experience… in and out within 30 minutes (and it would have been less time if it didn't take me so long to hobble back to the exam room and out again).
The physician prescribed some pain meds and a steroid pack to help reduce inflammation in what he suspected is a disc pressing on a nerve in my back. But, that can't be confirmed without an MRI… which you can't really get over the weekend. Could I have gotten that at the hospital? Is it even medically necessary if this gets better within a few days?
It's hard to define “value” in healthcare sometimes — what am I willing to pay for (pain meds!!) and what's medically necessary and helpful? Now that I think about it, my wife's employer has a medical help line. Maybe I should have called them and asked if I should have gone to urgent care or the E.D. But, I guessed the urgent care physician would send me to the hospital if he thought I needed immediate diagnostic work.
As I type this on Monday, I'm feeling a bit better. Instead of dragging my left leg around, I'm walking a bit better. And I'm not too loopy from pain meds (unless this is full of typos I don't see).
Needless to say, I didn't get to grill out or cook over the weekend as I would have normally loved to do.
My Post on Lean in the Kitchen
KaiNexus didn't take a day off from posting blog content yesterday… and they posted something I wrote about Lean and “waste” in the home kitchen. Click the post title or image to read more:
Let me know what you think about the kitchen post by commenting there or here.
What do you think about the need for 7-day healthcare? How many American primary care physicians or clinics have Saturday hours? What can we do to help hospitals provide the same level of care and safety 24×7?
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