Thursday, March 20, 2008


I had my visit with the surgeon. I was expecting to walk out with a date for surgery and planning how I was going to get the right support. Instead I walked out with another cortisone shot in my knee, a handful of drug samples, and a prescription for physical therapy. It's arthritis and if it's not better in a month THEN I can have arthroscopic surgery to clean out the joint. I kind of freaked out my doc when during the shot I burst into tears from all the frustration. He was clutching my folder and nearly scurried out of the exam room. But I think it was because he didn't know how to handle this woman who was having a meltdown. He is a good surgeon, well-liked in the medical community (nurses have their likes and dislikes -- they're the best judges of docs), and is well-versed in knee injuries (he treated the local high school football team). While I was feeling like I was not getting what I wanted I also understood that if it can be treated without surgery, then the least I could do was try it and if it didn't work then get the surgery.

Thursday morning I woke up pain free for the first time in nearly a month. Hallelujah! By the end of the day all the day's activity had caught up with me and I was in bed before seven pm. No spinning, no knitting, no nuffin.

This morning I was thinking that it was going to be good that I had nothing going on this weekend so I can get some things done. Earlier in the week I had plied some singles I had spun up a few weeks before. It was a test to see if I could treadle with my left leg so I was paying more attention to how evenly I was treadling as opposed to focusing on how I was plying. When I finished and skeined it I was expecting it to torque a bit but to my lovely surprise it just hung as balanced as one could be. I have more to spin up this weekend.


Jennie said...

I'm so sorry your appointment was disappointing. I have had a few of those. (DAMN this arthritis.)

I'm glad you got good drugs. I got Relafen (generic), which I call my Proton Pills.

Would love to see your spun stuff!

Jeanne said...

My sympathies to your knee. I had a cortisone shot in my knee two years ago and IT IS NOT FUN! I can understand the meltdown. Sending healing thoughts your way.

Sharon Rose said...

Wish I were there to poke holes in you!

Carol said...

How's the knee holding up? There's nothing like chronic pain to harsh your mellow. (read that somewhere recently. Too weird not to use!)