Poppy is of course used to being on a lead. We tried Sammy and Megan on leads for the first time. Sammy took to it like a duck to water, walking obediently alongside Mr A. Megan was a totally different story. She just dug her heels in and refused to budge, until I removed the lead. Then she trotted alongside the rest of us with no problems at all.
I tried the lead again at intervals, but she adamantly refused to walk. Thankfully, living in a village it doesn't matter too much walking dogs off leads, and in any case Megan is of course streetwise, and keeps well out of the way of passing traffic.
This was the first proper walk I had had since injuring my toe two and half weeks ago. When we returned home, my toe was throbbing and the top of my foot aching. I probably overdid it. Mr A has been nagging me to go to the hospital for the past week, and finally I gave in. And this is the timetable of events:
...arrived at Milas Devlet Hospital at 9.45am. Registered at reception, and took my numbered ticket.
...fought through the crowds to find the surgery of one of the orthopaedic surgeons.
...lots of other people waiting, but no numbers appearing on the board
...eventually at 10.15am a woman appeared to say that the doctor wouldn't be there until 12.00.
...Mr A back to reception, asked for another ticket to see a different orthopaedic doctor.
...10.45am saw doctor. Sent for an x-ray.
...Informed by x-ray department no-one available to do x-rays until 1.30pm.
... Went into Milas for lunch (Very nice)
|Huge salad and chips..this is just one portion! 8 lira (less than £3)|
...1.20pm back to x-ray department. In and out within 10 minutes
...back to doctor. Informed that he wouldn't be back until 4.00pm.
...Mr A very angry. Went off to see hospital manager. Bit of shouting. Manager sent us to see
someone else, who phoned the Emergency Department, where it transpired they were not busy
and there was an orthopaedic doctor available to see me.
...Doctor looked at x-ray. No bones broken but nasty sprain, and the doctor said I should have gone
hospital when it was first injured. It will apparently take a fair number of weeks to
heal. I need to keep it elevated as much as possible, and no more long walks for a
while.Prescription for strong painkillers, ibubrofen cream and Vitamin
B. In and out within 5 minutes.
All of this time-wasting could have been avoided if only I had listened to Mr A. When we arrived at the hospital he said we should go straight to the Emergency Department. I refused, saying it wasn't an emergency as I did it weeks ago, and didn't want to take up valuable time of doctors. As it turned out, the Emergency doctors hadn't been busy all day. Sometimes I should just do as I am told!