Friday, June 6, 2008

Knee Update Again

When I last left you I was diagnosed and got a steroid shot. Yeah, well, that didn’t work out so well. The shot barely lasted one week. During the entire cruise I was popping Tylenol Arthritis 3 at a time every 8 hours. I didn’t let the pain stop me from much (I think the only thing I shied away from was climbing to the top of the Sphinx and from what I heard I didn’t miss much), so I may have irritated it a little when I climbed the 292 steps to the Acropolis in Lindos or to the Church on the hill in Turkey, but heh, I got places to go and things to see.
Since I have been back I have gone for more x-rays, started physical therapy on the left knee, had the right knee diagnosed, and am getting ready to start therapy on that one as well. The kicker with the therapy is that they won’t work on both of them at the same time, so I will have to go 4 times a week, with a frikkin co-pay of $15 every time! That’s $60 a week! Have a mentioned I haven’t gotten a real job yet? I have done some temp work (more on that another time), but I am still looking. So now, beside the obstacle of the blemish on my record from GUSD, I have to deal with working and fitting in Therapy 4 days a week. AACCKK!
Therapy – What they are doing right now is putting electrodes around my knee and electrocuting me for about 10 minutes while icing my knee at the same time. The whole water and electricity kinda freaks me out, but if I get electrocuted it can’t hurt any worse than it already does. Then they do an ultrasound radiating heat waves into the knee joint. And to finish up it is 10 minutes on the stationary bike. When I got back from the cruise I was supposed to start Curves but the therapist nixed that, he wants me to finish therapy and strengthen my knee before starting there.
If therapy doesn’t work, then we (that would be the royal we) move on to the orthopedic surgeon and see if surgery is necessary. Let’s all hope – NO!

1 comment:

  1. Get your knee strengthend first before you start curves. You could make things worse if not starting as healthy as possible.