Thursday, July 26, 2012

Why It's Better Not to Count

I've always loved counting.  This was particularly annoying to my family on vacations to Florida, when counting mosquito bites and lizards was a favorite pastime.  I was so cute...hee.

In the vein of counting things for no good reason, I came up with some figures for my recent medical drama, starting with surgery on 3/9:
  • 1 surgery
  • 4 specialists' opinions about my craptastic recovery
Hmm, the number of specialists is really subjective.  I didn't count two RE fellows or the urgent care physician.  Now, let's add up appointments:
  • 10 doctors' appointments
  • 1 ER visit
  • 1 urgent care visit
  • 5 PT sessions
  • 3 acupuncture sessions
  • 3 abdominal massages
  • >10 phone calls with doctors
I am so sick of talking to people about my health or lack thereof.

I am intentionally not tabulating the number of therapist or psychiatrist appointments because I'm afraid to count them up.  I don't feel like I'm going all the time, but there are a lot of appointments when I look back at my calendar.

I've had a few diagnostic procedures:
  • 1 CT scan
  • 4 ultrasounds
  • 5 urinalyses
These numbers are only since March.  If I go back farther, say between November and March, I had 2 saline infusion sonograms (3D sonos) and 3 hysteroscopies.  How about some drugs:
  • 10 pain-related medications
  • dozens of trips to the pharmacy
They've memorized my name and birth date at the pharmacy.  And now for the really depressing ones.
  • 71 sick hours used at work; total >10 days
  • >$7000 spent for medical care so far this year
So.  Depressing.  Maybe counting is for the birds.


Mr. Detour is out of town for 9 days visiting his parents and I panicked before he left, worried that I would spend every night feeling lonely in a quiet house with no one but the dog to talk to.  So I did the reasonable thing and made plans with every friend in a 30-mile radius, leaving me zero time alone to do critical things like recharge and do laundry.  And sleep. 

But it's been pretty fun.  This week, my social calendar includes:
  • watching a kid's triathlon that my niece and nephew raced in
  • eating two brunches with friends (breakfast food is THE BEST, am I right?)
  • visiting a friend's house who recently adopted a baby
  • watching a movie (Magic Mike, which was pretty dumb but had good eye candy)
  • receiving a massage (social because a good friend is my massage therapist)
Phew.  No plans tonight, though, so I will be crashing.

My blog is having an identity crisis.  I'm going to update my header but haven't figured out how I want it yet.  Hence the uber boring one I currently have.  Blogger doesn't provide a lot of creative options.

I also changed my blog name from "Detour" to "Detour to Motherhood."  Not a huge change because "to motherhood" was already in the url.

Hope you guys have a good week!


  1. I guess some things just shouldn't be counted. :S But it really is effective in showing how much shit you've been through in the past few months. Wow.

    I'm glad you've had a good week with friends and family. Tonight's plan of crashing at home sounds splendid. I might steal that idea!

    1. Yeah. I think I'll avoid counting my dollars spent on this in the future!

  2. I can't even imagine if I's depressing to even think about. Glad you are keeping busy, I could totally go for a massage...

    1. Just say no to counting! You probably don't want to know...

  3. Good girl for keeping yourself so busy! I can't believe all you've been through..

    I had the chance to peek at my medical records online and counted up how many ultrasounds and blood draws I've had since 2010. It was A LOT. You've been through so much more than I have...I'm sending you a big hug.

  4. Maybe it's not a good idea to count, but on the other hand, if you ever... EVER... have any doubts about the fact that you are braver and stronger than your average human, please refer back to this post and these numbers. And they don't even go back that far or factor in your TTC/IF numbers, which adds a whole other level of hell to the mix. You, my friend, are amazing, and deserve a break. And by "a break," I mean more than a massage and a night in with comfort food and eye candy.
    Good things are coming your way... they just are.

    1. Awwww....thanks. You're too sweet.


  5. I think that perhaps counting can be a good thing as it keeps one grounded in reality though dwelling on it will probably lead to depression. Hoping that you have a few good days ahead.

  6. I tend to tally things up too, but I don't know why. It all seems overwhelming sometimes. But...look at all you've come through. It must have been very hard and I hope that your most recent doctor's advice leads to less pain and fewer appointments for the next 5 months. You'll have so much free time you won't know what to do.

    1. Seriously! I might even forget my doctor's phone number--that would be cah-razy.

  7. N. has just started to say some numbers. She counts like this: "Toooooooo, Teeeee, Toooooo, Teeeee ..." I sort of like that approach, because if you just stay with two and three, you never get to the scarier numbers.

    Enjoy your staycation! :)

    1. That is so adorable. I like her approach, too!

  8. I LOVE your new blog layout :) I don't do's just too overwhelming. My records are now online and it's scary to look at all of the appointments. I can't even imagine adding up cost!

    1. Thanks! :)

      Yeah, it was probably a mistake to add up the dollars. :( I wouldn't recommend it.

  9. Such a cute theme change!

    Yes, I remember the counting well. ; ) You were so cute. And annoying. But mostly cute.

    These are horrible numbers, but maybe moving forward, the numbers will start adding up more on the positive side. (Steps you can walk down the block, yoga classes you attend, massages you get, boogie board trips you can take at the beach...)

  10. Do you mostly serve as an author for this site or maybe for some other Internet or offline portals?