The Bag Lady grew up in a small town (well, technically a city, but a small one) where everyone knew everyone else. If you needed to see a doctor, you actually could, sometimes even the same day! Hell, some of them even came to the house! She still lives near that same city, but it has grown (boomed?) with the oil field activity to the point where she no longer knows many people, and the medical system is totally overwhelmed.
In spite of the so-called slow down in the economy, the city where she grew up is still a busy little place. Try as she might yesterday, she could not get an appointment to see a physiotherapist or a chiropractor on an emergency basis. The earliest appointment she could get was three weeks away! A co-worker finally suggested she try a massage therapist, and gave her the name of the one she goes to. Bless her heart.
The Bag Lady did manage to get in to see the massage therapist and, although it didn't help a great deal, it did help a little and she finds that today she can move a little more freely. The leg and foot are still very painful, but she is hoping that she will actually be able to function a little better today.
Mind you, she just got out of bed, so she may be just a wee bit too optimistic.... she has not moved very far yet. She did do some stretching and exercising and will continue to stretch throughout the day because that does seem to relieve the excruciating pain a wee bit.
What a way to start the new year!