|Dr. House doing it all wrong.|
My rehab progress — I’m still here — moved along like this: I was transported from the clinic in Paris by ambulance; upon arrival I was transferred to a wheelchair; for three days I was delivered to my physical therapy sessions in the wheelchair; on the fourth and fifth days I began walking to the sessions with my cannes anglaises while the nice man who pushed me the previous days followed behind with the empty wheelchair; the next week I was on my own with the two canes; another week passed and I graduated to one of those canes and two weeks later a “real” cane.
Why am I telling you all this boring information when I could be relating far more interesting aspects of the French health system you may be wondering?
It’s because of Dr. House, or as we know him over here Dr. Ouse. You know, the silent “H” in French.
As those of you familiar with the series remember, he used a cane because of an accident (I can’t recall what it was) and he limped around the hospital shovelling fists-full of pills into his mouth.
|Left to right, right to left.|
Well, get this: He was not using his can properly! Can you imagine with all the medical advisers and who knows what on staff producing that program, no one noticed or cared or thought about the fact that his “bad” leg was on the right and so was his cane?
Stephanie, my physical therapist, was shocked when she saw this medical breach. As much as she liked the series she was so disturbed by the blatant “medical fault” that she was constantly distracted from the weekly drama plots.
She explained in technical terms which also happened to be in French( two reasons why I can only remember the basics of her explanation) why a cane is always used on the opposite side of an injured leg. It has something to do with balance, weight support, etc.
Nothing like a tad of trivia to throw into conversation I always say. . .