Saturday, August 10, 2013

Knee Update. . .

My knee has been better this week, but mainly because Terry took charge of the driving from the time we left Prince Rupert until we hit southern Wisconsin. I did the last day's drive through the greater Chicago area on to Goshen. I got along fine.

I made the mistake of thinking I wouldn't be able to get in to see Terry's knee specialist in Indy, so I made an appointment with an urgent care place I use up in northern Indiana when we are here. I went to see him Monday. Big mistake. He didn't want to just look at my knee, but wanted to do a total blood workup, changing my meds, etc. I only take three. He thought one of those might be causing pain in my knee. . . huh??????? I said, "No, I clobbered it on a nightstand and it has hurt ever since." He did some x-rays and then injected it (thank you very much), then wanted me to come back on Tuesday for a Doppler on the leg to make sure I didn't have a blood clot. I mean, I hit it three months ago. . . don't you think a blood clot would have caused problems by now????? But I went back in Tuesday for the Doppler, which showed NO blood clot. He wanted to run even more blood tests, see me back in two weeks, etc., etc., etc. I finally told him NO! I came here to find out about my knee. I see my primary care doctor every six months. . . no need for you to be repeating everything he will be doing next month. He just didn't want to let me go. I finally just said, "I'm done" and left, still not knowing what is wrong with my knee. I got on the internet and queried the doctor in Indy. On Wednesday afternoon I got a call from them and an appointment on Thursday! Whoo hoo!

So Thursday we left Goshen at 7:30 a.m. and drove to Indy. We were early, so stopped and shopped a little on the way down. :-) It was a long afternoon with a lot of waiting, but I knew I would know when I left what was wrong with my knee. As it is, my knee is not damaged but badly bruised. The hit was directly to my knee cap which was slammed into the knee bone behind it because my knee was bent at the time. So I have a bruise on the underside of the knee cap and another on the top of the leg bone it hit. They rub together causing the pain. Dr. Shelbourne said it would eventually heal, but not very fast and would continue to provide discomfort. So, his PT took me into the therapy room and gave me a couple exercises to do to help with the healing. Whoo hoo! So that is what I have been doing. At least I know what the problem is and what it takes to fix it. No surgery or anything like that required. It's a relief.

Last evening we had my Class of '68 Reunion Kickoff. It was at a local hotel. There was food, drink and lots of conversation. Met up with a lot of my fellow classmates and enjoyed every minute of it. Terry enjoys it as well, because he went to elementary and junior high with a lot of the same people so he was able to find plenty of people to talk to.

Tonight is the reunion itself at the country club. Buffet followed by dancing and socializing. It will be a great time. The class does a great job of putting on this reunion every five years. They actually start a year earlier with meetings once a month. Anyone can come to the meetings which always include dinner and planning.

MinnieMee got a bath on Wednesday to wash off all the Alaska dirt. There were places to wash her in Alaska, but you can to keep feeding money into a meter and it was hard to get a good wash. She is sparkling clean. We haven't unloaded her completely because we are going to use her a couple more times before putting her up for the winter. Then Phaeton Place will come out of storage.

So tonight in the reunion, next Thursday we fly to Florida to see Brandon, Megan, and little Brynlee. Then we fly back a week later and will hang out here in Elkhart to work on some apartments.

Till next time. . .

Dale

3 comments:

Colleen Phipps said...

Glad to hear your knee is going to be okay. I think that urgent care doctor could see nothing but dollar signs. Yikes.63 lyinkd

Nan Talley said...

Great news about your knee. Doc Shelborne is one of Indy's best! Welcome back to the good ole U S of A! We will be back in Indy Oct and Nov for Dr's appts.

Anonymous said...

Glad you are back. Wanted to say thanks for taking me along I enjoyed your blog all of the way.

Wes (Snackmaster & Jan)