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Aaron N. Tubbs

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So I went to the doctor today out of paranoia to have my ankle checked out. I fell down the stairs at Target Monday night, (I know, the clever thing to do would have been to sue Target, but it was really just my own clumsiness that did it). In any event, none of the five “auto x-ray” points seemed to be broken, and there was no blood pooling on the bottom of my foot proper, so the doctor said it just looked like a nasty sprain that tore several ligaments.

None of that is particularly interesting, but as I seem to say, context is important. They handed me a sheet of “how to deal with a sprain” and I thought I was having Deja Vu — I pulled the exact same sheet out of my medical file the previous night, from when I last sprained my ankle on campus. But when I say exact same, I mean it — down to the fact that it said “McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.” I’m in the middle of Stamford, with no connection to UIUC. I’m in the middle of Stamford, with … For a brief moment, I really did think I was losing my mind, once and for all. This was somewhat comforting. I did manage to locate the page that was printed out. Who would have known?

That said, I suppose it shouldn’t be surprising, since it’s the top result from a google search for ankle sprain treatment.

So that’s my weird coincidence of the day. On a personally interesting note, a longtime concern I’ve had at work managed to work itself out for the best today. This gives some credence to the idea that “if you ignore it, eventually the problem will go away” which I find most unfortunate. On the other hand, the “ignore it” approach took about a year to work itself out, so I think it is still a pretty terrible argument. I do not understand why we would waste tons of money and time, while at the same time increasing our operational risk, all the while ignoring the elephant in our living room. But then, the decision was not mine, and while my voice was heard, it was considered too inexperienced to be worthwhile, and I guess I learned some important lessons the hard way there as well. Time to move on.