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Kaiser Emergency Room

Last Friday I was sparring in my Wing Chun class with AJ, feeding him a lot of round kicks to the outside. One of those kicks connected my foot to his elbow, and hurt a little. After class it hurt a little more, somewhat uncomfortable to walk on. I rode my bike to Zeitgeist and while standing at the bar decided to stretch my foot out. At that point it hurt like hell and was quite painful to walk on. I rode to my friend Sailaja's for dinner and rested it for a while, hung out and had dinner. A couple of hours later and it still really hurt to put any weight on my left foot. So, I decided I need to get it checked out and rode to the Kaiser ER on O'Farrell near Geary. Sailaja insisted on driving me there, but I insisted on riding because I could ride without any pain and didn't want anyone going to any trouble.

The Kaiser ER entrance is on a hill on O'Farrell. Not easy to ride or walk to. I hopped inside and told them I hurt my foot. Answered some questions, sat down. Got called to answer some more questions, have my temperature and blood pressure checked, then sat down again. I was called again to go sit in a shared room with beds and given ice for my foot. Doctor Jeanne came and poked at my foot and asked me questions and sad I would get an x-ray. I was rolled down to the x-ray room on a bed and rolled back again. Doctor Jeanne showed me the x-rays and told me nothing was broken. That was a relief. She said I could hang on to the crutches they gave me, but I declined. If the foot was not broken, I probably would not need crutches for long, and didn't want to bring them back. I paid $50 at the desk on checkout, and hopped outside to my bike outside.

I spent 50 minutes to an hour in the ER in total. I arrived at about 10:45, was being shown my x-ray at 11:30 and was out the door shortly after that. A pretty good ER experience with very little waiting.

Later that night I put ice on my foot again and took some ibuprofen. The next morning I woke up and it was much easier to walk on my foot, so I met with folks in the panhandle and went for a bike ride to Ocean Beach. It must have just been a nasty bruise in a particularly painful spot. By sunday I was able to walk around quite freely.