P – Plunger

PPlunger3

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t care WHAT YOU THINK, but…

 

 

I am NOT a plunger!

Here I am lying on my physical therapist’s table in pain waiting for her to work her wonders on my body.  After all I am Humpty Dumpty and various parts of me decide to go on vacation because they feel they are over-worked.  The bursitis in both of my hips is driving me nuts as I can’t sleep at night because I can’t find a comfortable position for sleeping.

The doctor has ordered ultrasound as I’m too chicken to have him inject one of those enormous needles into both of my hips.  Before the therapist leaves the room she explains that she has a new technique she wants to try on me instead of the ultrasound equipment, if I’m willing. Sure, I make a great Guinea Pig.

So I wait patiently, filled with curiosity, as to what in the world this NEW technique the therapist plans to use on me.  At last she opens the door, walks in, and is holding a plunger?  Do my eyes deceive me?  Heck, do I even dare ask what the heck she plans to do with this plunger?  The therapist approaches the table to lean over me to show me the plunger handle that is labeled, “I am NOT a plunger.” Also, around the rubber base edge of the plunger it states “I am Not a plunger.” My therapist looks at me with a straight face and says “This is NOT a plunger.”

She explains that she plans to use the “Not a plunger” on both of my hips, to draw the bursitis out of my hips.  With this I burst into laughter with a “Yah-RIGHT!”  I now have tears running down my cheeks due to my hysterical laughter. This must be a joke… right?   At this my therapist instructs me to turn on my side.  I manage to do this without falling off the table with my belly laugh.  She quietly says, “Laughter is good for you” and with that she rolls up my shorts and works away like we would on any clogged drain.  Only this isn’t a clogged drain, at least not literally.  There is a lot of crap in my system, but she isn’t even working on that end.

Plunger4

After a few significant plunges on my hip she instructs me to turn over and she attacks my other hip with the “I’m NOT a plunger.”  Sadly, since the “I’m NOT a plunger” isn’t a plunger, it was unsuccessful at pulling all the crap out of my system via my hips.  Hmmm, maybe she should have tried the other end.

 

 

plunger2

 

 

Please like & share:
error
Avatar

About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
This entry was posted in 2015 A to Z Blogger's Challenge. Bookmark the permalink.

27 Responses to P – Plunger

  1. The photos at the bottom are hilarious.

    The “not a plunger” is a wild idea. Who knew? Apparently it must work for some people, but I don’t see how. At this point, though, I’m sure you’re game for anything that might work.

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      Shoot! I hit the wrong reply button again! I hope you receive this.

      What I found that works is the ultrasound, then putting the little vibrating pads on me (I don’t know what they are called.) and then wrap me in ice. Then my hips say “Thank You!” But sometimes getting people to “listen” is another issue. Fortunately, the second person who “plunged” me also did all of the other steps and then I was OK. I probably have to remember to wrap ice around me when I come home from my walks. I don’t always remember… bad move. I’ll have to put a sign above my computer to remind me!

  2. Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

    What I found that works is the ultrasound, then putting the little vibrating pads on me (I don’t know what they are called.) and then wrap me in ice. Then my hips say “Thank You!” But sometimes getting people to “listen” is another issue. Fortunately, the second person who “plunged” me also did all of the other steps and then I was OK. I probably have to remember to wrap ice around me when I come home from my walks. I don’t always remember… bad move. I’ll have to put a sign above my computer to remind me!

  3. Avatar suzanne says:

    Gosh, sounds like some form of medieval torture you’d see in a Carry On film! xx

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      It really isn’t torture. It does not hurt at all. To me it is strictly funny having someone put a “Not a plunger” on my hip to plunge it. I’m weird… I’m still giggling.

  4. Avatar Susan Scott says:

    Well, I am definitely laughing out loud Gwynn! Thank you for the belly laugh! I can imagine you’re still laughing! There is a treatment called ‘tapping’ that I’ve heard is effective (I’m not kidding, you can look it up on Google) and please do not tap your head in simpatico with me.
    I will tap the FB button now and hope it takes.

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      I realize I’m weird, but I TRULY do laugh every time I think of the “I’m NOT a plunger.” I laughed the entire time she worked on my hips. Monday, I will insist that she go back to a more “standard” means of removing bursitis. The ultra sound alone does not work, but when you add the electrodes and ice… AHHHHH!! Also, one of my friends in the pool has her PH.D in physiology and she gave me some movements that help too.

      Sadly, to completely cure the problem I would have to stop my walks along the waterfront… but I’m addicted AND the walking is supposed to strengthen my back. See how weird my body can be!!

      I suppose my sense of humor is really bizarre, but to me the “I’m NOT a Plunger” totally cracks me up. It definitely provides the merriment that I crave!!

      Thanks for laughing with me Susan. I do so wish you could have seen my face when the therapist came into the room with the “I’m not a Plunger.” I guess I need to learn to take “selfies.” 😉

  5. Oh, my God, Gwynn, I am laughing so hard. That last picture gave me the laugh of the day, maybe the week. I was too young when this happen to remember well, but I think my grandmother used to talk about a treatment such as this.
    Hope you’re well.

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      Silvia, I’m so glad you can laugh at my whacky sense of humor, but those last two pictures STILL crack me up! Heck, even the “I’m NOT a Plunger” still cracks me up. This is the modern era… right… a plunger??????

      Heck, some of the long lost techniques did work, so I suppose we should still use them… if they aren’t broken, why throw them away?

      Btw, I did LOVE your post. It brings back SOOOO many memories for me.

  6. Avatar pat garcia says:

    Gwynn, I can’t believe this therapist did this. It is unbelievable. You probably came out with more pain than when you went there. Have you decided to keep the same therapist or have you gone somewhere else?

    Shalom,
    Patricia

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      Hi Patricia, Actually, this office has multiple therapists and in the past they have been very effective. Actually, I didn’t leave the office with more pain, as the plunging did not hurt, but it wasn’t effective on me. The next time I went back they used the ultrasound, the plunger, and some electrodes and ice on me… THAT worked!

  7. LOL I am with Susan on this one. Funny, funny, funny — both stories and photos. I laughed when I saw the plunger image in the heading, even before I started reading: P = Plunger — well, of course. What else? I should have thought of that.

    Very well done, Gwynn. This one gets the LOL award.

    And, did the plunger therapy work? Are you feeling better? I hope.

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      The “I’m NOT a Plunger” was not effective on me other than giving me the best laugh I have had in ages. The therapist assured me they had NOT used it on any toilets! 😉 The next week when I went in the other gal used ultrasound, the plunger, and electrodes with ice on me… THAT WORKED! Now, I have to remember to ice my hips after I walk. I’m about 99% better.

      Then when I went searching for plunger pictures I absolutely nearly fell out of my chair laughing at the last picture. I just could NOT resist.

      I’m glad you laughed with me.

  8. While working on my carpal tunnel, my therapist had me working with a hammer. All the weird things they use on us. 😉

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      Carpal tunnel is due to repetitive motion as is my bursitis. We have to learn to use different motions to side track our problem. Hey, I’ll use a hammer or a “Not a plunger” any day rather than have an enormous needle stuck into me! Besides, she gave me a dynamite laugh for the day!!

  9. Doing the exercise with the hammer was my favorite exercise while I was there. I’ve added it to my carpal tunnel exercise routine.

    • Avatar Gwynn Rogers says:

      CC, I’ll bet using the hammer helps you deal with your frustration with your clients. I have a marble rolling pin I use for crushing nuts and croutons for various recipes that helps me deal with my frustration at people. Do you visualize someone’s face as you hammer away at it? Have fun. It sounds like a great exercise.

  10. Avatar Tina Peterson says:

    Definitely a “new age” technique, if not for the bursitis, at least for the laugh!

  11. Don’t be afraid of the needle. I had a knee that grew enormous with bursitis and after draining it went back to normal size. The bursitis is a lot worse than the needle!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.