Down The Garden Path.


One never stops learning and this is a perfect example of that statement. I had heard about and even used “leading up the garden path” but this is the first time that I have come across “down the garden path”. On investigation I found that apparently both can be used to mean the same. What a language!

I can honestly say that I have never knowingly led anyone down the garden path but I am no saint and unknowingly, I may well have done so. If I come to know of such instances through any of my readers, I am perfectly willing to make amends and at the least, apologise.

I can however attest to quite a few instances when I was led down the garden path. This topic, in fact has nudged my memory to a few that I had even forgotten all about. let me share just one such story.

Last year, I suddenly developed a severe pain in my shoulder and since a friend recommended an orthopedist conveniently located, I consulted him. He first tried to ease my pain by recommending some pain killers as well as sending me to a physiotherapist to learn some exercises. This same treatment continued for a month with three visits and seeing no change, he suggested that I take an ultrasound image. On getting the result, the orthopedist suggested that I had a torn ligament and needed to get it surgically corrected.

Once it was suggested that I need surgery, I decided to consult the surgeon who had revised my replaced hip joints on three occasions as to what should be done. He promptly guided me to a shoulder specialist who after studying just an X-ray of the shoulder, recommended that I simply continue the exercise regime and use painkillers at need and lo and behold, in three months, the shoulder pain simply disappeared by itself!

Had I stayed with the first orthopedist, I would have been taken down the garden path and would have punctured a big hole in my bank balance!

This topic for the weekly Friday LBC blog posts, where a few of us write on the same topic, was suggested by Lin. Shackman is sure to write and some others may be writing too.

28 thoughts on “Down The Garden Path.”

  1. I’ve gone the garden path, when it was suggested about a decade ago – that if I got a degree, I would be certain of employment at the end of it…

    I did indeed get said degree at the very beginning of the year – there was much talk about when I finished come July – all would be on track…

    What happened was somewhat different – you see, in April things changed. I never imagined that they would because really a birthday with a different number usually doesn’t matter but somehow I had stepped across the threshold when I magically became 60!

    apparently too old to be considered for any kind of position AND although the powers to be knew perfectly well how my CV stacked up – that too suddenly became obsolete OOPS no…I became OBSOLETE human wise…

    the rest of that year passed in a blurr…but somehow I managed to overcome the “No job to be had” and have gaily just gone on doing whatever I want…

  2. this post especially resonated with me.
    remember when I tore the rotator cuff in my left shoulder?
    they also immediately wanted to operate… “or it will never heal properly”
    I never had the surgery and it has healed perfectly.
    it did take longer perhaps. but like you… I am not out the money nor the danger of having been sedated. as we get older I think that is to be avoided if possible.
    and our bodies DO HEAL themselves if given the chance.
    I’m back now myself and getting stronger with each day. and now drinking LOTS and LOTS of water!
    just have to tell you I LOVED the quote from viktor frankl in you past post.
    that was a wonderful post all the way round. ๐Ÿ™‚
    tammy j recently posted..little blessings and donโ€™t dry up!

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