Or maybe the title should be New Knee, hmm?
Sidebar: Apologies for being MIA. I finished the weekend off with a LULU of a migraine. Plus I haven’t been able to catch up on my blog reading/commenting after changing my email address and forgetting it was associated with my Feed Demon account. Now I can’t seem to get the updates. So I’m going to have to visit each blog individually to catch up until I can figure it out. I will get to that, I just have no idea how long that will take. And now back to your regularly scheduled post.
If you’ve been here awhile you may have read this post about my knee issues and the injection I received back in December. If not, GO THERE NOW! Or not. You don’t really need the background.
After many years of knee discomfort, weakness, buckling and outright pain, I’m going to have a partial knee replacement. Probably.
The stuff they injected back in December seemed to help (NOT), but I don’t think there was enough of an improvement to try it again. And I’m not saying that because I hate the idea of the injection. Sure, if I scheduled another one I’d have the same anxiety I had the first time. I’m nothing if not consistent! After the first time though, I know it would be just fine. I just don’t think the results were all that and a bag of chips.
So when a co-worker saw me hobbling around after a particularly bad weekend awhile back she asked what was wrong. Hey, she asked!! What am I gonna do? Lie and say I’m fine? Oh. Hell. No. After I bent her ear with more information than she probably wanted to know, she said I should go see her doctor. She’s my age-ish and two years ago she had a total knee replacement. Plus the doctor straightened out her leg which had been crooked from birth. She couldn’t stop raving about him and once she gave me his name and number I called immediately and was thrilled to get an appointment the following week.
In the interim I contacted my first orthopedic doctor and requested they send me the MRIs and other files to take with me to see Dr. W. It wasn’t that I didn’t like my original doctor, Dr. C is great. He wasn’t against a knee replacement per se, he merely wanted to see if other means would help me put it off for awhile. I consulted with Dr. W mainly because of K’s rave review, not to mention that on Wednesdays he sees patients in the clinic across the street from my office. No more taking hours and hours of leave just to see the doctor!
He reviewed my medical records, examined the knee and suggested that a partial knee replacement might be beneficial. Did you know they can replace part of a knee? Me either! And wouldn’t you know my knee would be weird? Usually it’s the inside of the knee, the medial which deteriorates first. My knee had to buck the system and destroy its outer, lateral compartment first. Did you know the knee has compartments? I didn’t. See? Coming to visit Bubbe teaches you things! Not necessarily things you need to know, but still.
The most difficult part? Waiting. Because of course now that I’ve pretty much decided this is the way to go each day seems a little more uncomfortable and now I’m up to my knees (ha!) in paperwork to get the ball rolling. On a positive note though, I found this amazing resource – the BoneSmart forums! Everyone there has had at least one (usually multiple) joint replacements or other joint surgeries. The information is extremely helpful and the community is so encouraging and supportive!
So? How’s by you?