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Sunday, December 2, 2012

AM Soccer, PM X-Ray

A brisk morning as we head to the field for a local college showcase tournament.  We got lucky to have the games in Suffolk county, just a mile or so north of the Smith Haven Mall.

Three mile run in chilly weather, I hide in the car and change into a dry shirt and then out to the sideline I go.

We are slated to play the top ranked team, Smithtown and the boys are prepared for a spirited match.  I have to say that we out played Smithtown for 2/3 of the first half, and it was pretty evenly matched in the 2nd  half.  Both teams creating chances, but not able to find the back of the net.  A tie form MC United is like a win against this opponent.

This day in history "Shortly after 11 a.m. on December 1, 1990, 132 feet below the English Channel, workers drill an opening the size of a car through a wall of rock. This was no ordinary hole--it connected the two ends of an underwater tunnel linking Great Britain with the European mainland for the first time in more than 8,000 years.
The Channel Tunnel, or "Chunnel," was not a new idea. It had been suggested to Napoleon Bonaparte, in fact, as early as 1802. It wasn't until the late 20th century, though, that the necessary technology was developed. In 1986, Britain and France signed a treaty authorizing the construction of a tunnel running between Folkestone, England, and Calais, France."

We take shelter from the cold until the next game starts.  Kyle exists 30 minutes ahead of the 2nd game to warm up.  Another tough team to take on, this time the number 3 ranked team from upstate NY.  Kyle gets abused from behind making a play to the left corner end line, but some how manages to win the corner.  He gets up places the ball at the corner flag ,and then takes a knee.  He is able to be subbed out, and takes a spot on the bench.

United is winning 1-0 in the game, and Kyle gets another chance to go back in.  He seems OK  and manages to help the team come away with a win.  Once up at the car, he shows Sue his wrist, which hurts really bad, is is swelling up.  He is hesitant to say anything, as we are trying our best to not have to go get X-Ray or otherwise use the healthcare system that is costing us copious amounts of money to use.

Sue stops at taco bell for him.  After lunch, we decide it's best to get the wrist looked at.  Choices are, regular doctor, who will send us to either the hospital or Zwanger for an X-Ray.  I recall that there are now a bunch of late day critical care, or alternate care facilities popping up in shopping centers.  Sue gets the name of one from a friend, and Kyle and I make our way.  (Hospital is an automatic $100 charge plus services, some of which are only partially covered by co-insurance.).  I can write a whole blog for a whole year expressing my distaste for the current state of our medical system.

The office looks brand spanking new, setup as a very inviting Pediatric office, it is odd being in there with Kyle who is 16 and is man size.  The decor is like a castle from the Medieval, with Knights and beautiful murals.   The front desk staff are efficient, and even as first timers, we are done with paper work and payment ($20 Copay this year) in just a few minutes.  We make our way in, and are greeted by Medical Assistants, and see that there are 10 exam rooms, an X-Ray room, and the same decorations throughout.  Am I at a doctors office or Medieval Times ??  Or is that MED IEVAL times ??

Not to be disappointed, the doctor is also efficient, and makes the same conclusion we did a couple of hours earlier, that an X-Ray is needed.  5 minutes laters, we are back in one of the ten patient rooms awaiting the results.  A short time later, the nice doctor says, she and her colleagues do not see any break, but a small mark on the X-Ray will need further review by a radiologist later that night.  Splint and ace bandage follow, as does instructions from the doctor.  Contusion/Sprain for now.

We decide to go to Outback for dinner.  Good meal as usual...Kyle needs help cutting his steak.

Photo of the day "AM Soccer, PM X-Ray"



Our little secret, but this place beats the crap out of Kyle's primary care physician, a trip to Zwanger or Stony Brook.   PM Pediatrics located in Selden Plaza 239 Middle Country Rd. (631) 696-KIDS

Magic Number 123 (Just like our visit to PM Pediatrics...got lucky, in/out....1,2,3)

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