Knees – What IS wrong with them?
Went to a new Dr. today, an osteo. sports medicine kinda dude that does bleeding edge knee surgeries and replacements and all that stuff. They asked me a lotta knee history and health history questions, took some X-ray snaps of my knees and then we had a nice sit down chat.
It turns out that I’m arthritic. Didn’t expect that. The good news is my knees aren’t ground into little bitty shards of bone and stuff. That’s not the difficulty. It’s just that the cartilage is worn, unevenly, but in the expected way and I’m nearly out of cushioning on one side of each knee joint. So they hurt, so they feel wrong, so what do we do?
Well, surgery is an option, but a last ditch, we’ve tried everything else choice. That was my thought and his as well. Considering he’s a surgeon, ya gotta love that he’s not pushing to slice and dice. Nor was he keen on putting me in a brace. First thing was he figured I’d have a cosmetic objection to it. Hell I didn’t care about wearing braces, either time, except that they cut up my mouth and hurt like hell when being adjusted but damn I love the results! After I made that clear, which he loved, then he pointed out that they tend to abrade the skin, and would give me sores, esp. since I’m still dealing w/some leg swelling issues. So that part I can see. I asked about a soft brace. “They make nice knee warmers.” Yes, that’s what he said. LOL
Ok, so medicines? They kill the pain, don’t work forever and don’t fix the issue. So where we’re gonna start, once we get insurance clearance, is an injection, once a week for 3 weeks running, of something called Euflexxa. From the brochure it sounds like liquid cartilage and a nice grease, lube and oil job in one. Again, a very reasonable option.
My dad found this guy on the web, he’s from the same hospital as did my surgery and yet again, great personable staff, attentive, incisive, intelligent folks in the office, top to bottom. One of the nurses even subs in with my gastric surgeon, she was very happy to hear that he’d done my surgery (I hear nothing but knowing nods and high praise at the mention of his name). I’m really happy that my knee isn’t bone meal and that there are non-invasive options to explore. I kinda wish a soft brace would do something for me too, but we see how this stuff goes.
Otherwise I’m doing well, trying new foods and so far the only thing that gives me issue, other than stuff that’s too sweet is STILL carrots. I can deal with that, been doing so all my life. Went to the grocery store today, got a mess of stuff, but I need to go back. I’ve been not cooking so long I need basics and seasonings and stuff still. Bought all I thought I could carry in one trip from the car (just barely) and tomorrow I’ll go get the other 1/2 of what I need.
When most of what you consume is fluidy and soft, your groceries get very heavy very fast I must say. Got some salmon, had the butcher cut it to size and individually wrap them for me so they’ll be fool proof. Also I’ll give ‘nanners (bananas) a shot too. I think I might end up blending them with some of the “canned” (it’s not in a can but same concept, just fresher) fruit and yogurt.
OH !! We stopped for lunch before the appointment, so I had my first onion, pickle, hamburger and cheese today without incident. Yes it was McD’s. No bun, no ketchup (don’t usually put that on any how and it’s prolly too sweet for me), and I cut it up on a plate with fork and knife to be sure no eating errors. All went down and stayed down just fine. It was yummy too. Weird ordering just the sandwich, no fries and no beloved Diet Coke. Took me twice as long as Pops to eat just my burger as it did for him w/fries and soda. This stuff still cracks me up, but it is good. I feel pretty confident that my tummy will twinge if I shouldn’t eat something even before I get it in my mouth and so far, that’s been the rule.
If anyone had told me this would be this easy or smooth before surgery, frankly I’d not have believed them. I suspect my case may be very, very atypical. Nothing I read about Gastric Bypass showed the patients dealing with stuff this easily. My only issue is the occasional chewing (or lack of sufficient) error. That and my knees, which hopefully will begin to be resolved and I can get my meteoric weight loss rolling along again. I’m still losing but much much much slower I think than to be expected with proper exercise. Soon.
All in all, it’s very good news and a yet continued bright outlook. Yea the proverbial shoe may drop, but until then I”ll enjoy it as it is.