My dislocated waving arm @ coho

I just got my shoulder relocated after two hours of suffer and torture. I was just waving hand for this legendary dude at Stanford’s Coffee House (aka coho) and this simple move completely popped out my left arm! So weird.

It could occur in three different ways and happened to be a posterior type (backward?) which is one of the rarest and according to the doctors the worst type of shoulder dislocation! Now it has been two weeks that Morphy rules my life and honestly I am not used to that.

Since I was a child this left arm knew how to place itself back in (may be forward dislocation) till once that it was dislocated (perhaps backwards) during a seizure and since then relocation was never easy. I’ve had to go to a hospital each of a few times it happened ever since.

Back to the campus scene, as I was shouting out loud after waving hand, students were laughing at me like I am joking. As they realized something wrong is seriously going on, many disappeared. The rest stepped back and looked at me. I dunno why almost no one dared to approach when I asked them to make a phone call. Could involvement bring liability? The ambulance finally arrived. They wanted to take me to a close hospital, but missing by one letter took me to a closed one! Then we had to drive back all the way to the main hospital of the Silicon Valley which was open but super expensive. This was where tech celebrities would give birth to their offspring. On the way the nurse was holding my arm in a safe position and upon her request I was dropping numbers like 0, 1, 3 to inform her about my pain level out of ten. A loud 9 on each speed bump. She asked why not 10? I said you know I’m humble.

In the hospital they asked if I let them inject different random stuff into my veins and I asked them not to do it please. They injected them all. I don’t know why they asked. They gave me a shot to relax my muscles plus some general pain-killers and local pain-relievers. I don’t remember but I think they injected swine flu vaccine too, since they told me something about it and I didn’t get how it could help relocating a shoulder. If that’s the case, I guess I know what caused my fever and the consequent sickness. I think my blood pressure was taken hundred times and my fingerprint a couple more. And yeah, eventually after I answered a series of basic health questions for the fifteenth time, the doctor decided to pop it back in. They tried three times and it worked the last time. I told the doctor after that how much I love him. He was straight!

I could have fixed it on my own, to avoid a hell of severe pain and an expensive bill. But it would’ve had its own risks. I know I should be thankful for the nurses, doctors, etc.

p.s. Three months later I settled the case by paying 25% of the bill. It was according to the hospital rule that gives you 75% discount of you don’t have an American valid insurance. The Norwegian insurance system refunded me that 25%. Soon, there will be a surgery here in Norway to fix the problem forever and that will also be completely free!

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Paranoid Data Scientist Based in Oslo

2 thoughts on “My dislocated waving arm @ coho”

  1. Written 7 years later on this Facebook post:

    I had this dislocating shoulder since my teenages.

    Once it popped out really bad in California. The ambulance came in an hour and took me to a hospital, then another hospital until finally after a few hours they put it back in place. It was a quick move but had to be done right by nurses holding me and the doctor pushing in the right direction.

    For the sake of identification I was fingerprinted at every stage after boarding the ambulance and in both hospitals. And I had to sign may be ten papers with the other hand that was in place. Finally the arm was fixed and there was a couple of injections and one radiology imaging.

    Nothing was done until my identity was fully registered in all the systems. I recieved a bill afterall. It was more than three thousand dollars!

    Luckily due to some regulations I managed to reduce it down to 25% of that price which was the payable fee and that was fully covered by the Norwegian system since I was visiting as an Iranian Student residing in Norway.

    A while after, I had a surgery with one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Norway that fixed the problem once and forever. The operation went so fine that these days I keep forgetting which arm it was. I wonder how much would that surgery cost in the US.

    If you are curious the surgery in Norway was 100% free of charge. Not that it was refunded, I didn’t see any bill at all. The state even paid my transport fee from and to the city with their best orthopedic hospital without me asking for it. Three days free from work was granted also, again without me asking for it.

    You know we pay real high taxes in here so it may not be all about money, but being treated as a human simply for being a human, these kind of things people would remember for the rest of their lives. Plus in my case the beautiful scenery of that little town, Røros!

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