Saturday, March 04, 2017

Kneecapped, 2017 edition

Tonya, Queen of Kneecaps
image source: about.com
Last Wednesday, the knee started twinging. I didn’t give it much thought, because it does that once or twice a year. I baby it a few days, it gets better. This time, it waited until Monday to kick it up a… dozen notches or more. It hasn’t hurt this bad since before the surgery, and that was before Mason was born.

The normal RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) routine hasn’t seemed to help—in fact, icing it seems to only make it worse, and it can only stand being in a knee brace for an hour or so. Sleeping has been a chore all week, because I can’t find a comfortable position. One of the recliners almost works, and I got a relatively decent amount of sleep last night, but I’m having to watch myself to not get cranky with the kids or the wife. I’ve had to work at home all week, and the wife has done her usual “leave Charlie with me while I’m supposed to be working and go take care of everyone else” routine.

When it had not improved by Tuesday, I got a doctor’s appointment. It started feeling a little better by the time I arrived, of course. They sent me out for X-rays anyway, and I got the results yesterday: arthritis and bone spurs.

Next step is the orthopedist who roto-rooted this knee almost eight years ago. That visit’s scheduled for Tuesday, and I wonder how it’s going to turn out. Maybe scraping the thing every seven or eight years will keep it mostly functional. I’m not sure how I feel about a replacement just yet.

But I’ll keep you posted.

7 comments:

  1. Yikes. I hope if you have any surgeries, they go smoothly.

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  2. I hope it turns out ok for you. I also hope you got my last email ^_^

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  3. ouch! I hope that everything goes well, and that you won't have many problems with the knee after the orthopedist works on it again.

    Replacement is such a drastic, last measure step!

    Wishing you loads of strength!

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  4. Thanks, Patricia!

    Helen, I did get your email. I've just been in too much pain (and sleep-deprived) to do much with my writing projects just yet.

    Sylvia, I've been to the orthopedist and he wants to do an MRI on Monday. Replacement has definitely not been ruled out.

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  5. Ugh. Knees can be so bad for injuries. Hope everything works out well.

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  6. It's improving by me not walking very much. I have to walk *some* to keep the joints from seizing up, but I'm hoping I can be moving well enough before the MRI on Monday.

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  7. Good luck Larry, thinking of you, hope it all sorts out soon.

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