Bad News and Worse News
Posted 11 November, 08on:
It looks like my knee surgery has been moved up, by quite a bit. Originally, the plan was to do an arthroscopy over spring break to evaluate what would be done during the bigger surgery in June. My surgeon wants to do it sooner for pain relief and to prevent more damage. December 19th is a likely date. Eek! I’m not ready to do it that soon. In addition to seeing what is left of my knee, he will clean up the cartilage and a lateral release. The lateral release will try to pull my knee cap into a better position. It is a temporary fix, but it could buy a year of reduced pain.
Wait, there’s more. After I heal and go through physical therapy, he is shipping me off to another surgeon in a different state. I am currently being seen at a major teaching hospital. There is another world renowned teaching hospital less than an hour from here. You would think that between those two hospitals, there would be a surgeon who could handle my knee. Nope. Apparently not. It seems this is a challenging problem to solve. A road trip looms on the horizon.
But wait….there’s even more! As he was explaining all of this, I said, “Well to have this problem fixed once and for all, I guess it will be worth it.” Then he shared that my knee will never be permanently fixed. For medical reasons that escape me at the moment, traditional knee replacement is not an option. Every few years, I will need to have my knee surgically readjusted and rebuilt. The only thing I can hope for is new technology.
While I am not excited about any of this, it will all be fine. I will do what I have to do. I will have to get creative about a few things. I am fortunate enough to have great friends who will help tremendously. This isn’t what I had planned, but I can adapt and adjust.
To take the edge off all of this mess, I spent the afternoon finishing my pants. I am very pleased with the end result. Photos tomorrow. Sewing also calmed my nerves and allowed to put things in perspective. It will be fine. It could be a lot worse.