Earlier this month my wife and I found ourselves hanging out with some friends in Tompkins Square Park at night. We were having a really nice conversation when all of a sudden, out of nowhere, a bunch of kids appeared on either side of our bench and started throwing eggs at each other. We were completely caught off guard and did not have any time to escape the crossfire. Thankfully none of us on the bench were hurt, but my jersey was the lone casualty as I got hit in the back. I suppose when living in The Big Apple, you really can never know what to expect.
Elsewhere in my life, I encountered a surprising, or rather, a rare diagnosis. A Goldendoodle presented to the hospital for limping for a week after having been involved in an accident when another dog in Central Park ran into him. I started him on pain medication and encouraged the owners to continue having him wear the splint that they had outfitted him with a few days prior. I sent out left forelimb X-rays, and the radiologist’s primary differential was abductor pollicis longus tenosynovitis. This was definitely not something I was expecting, especially since the bony changes in the carpus were suggestive of a chronic disease process, when the history involved a recent trauma! Based on the findings, I was able to outline a treatment plan for the owner, but it was different from what I originally anticipated. Life is full on unexpected moments, but it is exciting to roll with them!