February 13, 2017

Life Amuck (UPDATED)

Okay, let me explain.  Ever since the Great Confirmation of Gravity, I've juggled from sore to okay to somewhere in-between.  No surprise, it isn't every day one swandives onto concrete, right?  Well, last week I noticed my left knee wasn't feeling all that swell, particularly after sitting for a couple of hours.  I'd get up from my desk at work and the first couple dozen steps saw me limping, and/or leaning to the right like I'd taken a torpedo below the waterline.  Once it "loosened up", things went back to more-or-less normal.  I'm hardly surprised by this... I'm staring 50 in the face after all.  I just don't recover as quickly as I used to.

This past Friday, as I climbed the stairs to Pond Central after a day at work, it was clear my left knee wasn't happy about something.  I couldn't push off it the way I normally did, not without a pinpoint pain in the back of it.  Once I got to the top of the stairs, though, everything was fine.  Saturday, it started to ache.  By Sunday afternoon, it felt very much like it was just going to fail if I put full weight on it.  The nap I took was pain-soaked; every time I rolled over, my knee torqued (as normal) and I'd get a brilliant shot of pain (not normal).

4am Monday morning, I woke to use the loo.  It took me over 10 minutes to get there from my bedroom, and Pond Central ain't that large.  If it wasn't for my cane, I'm not sure I could have made it.  When the alarm went off for me to get ready for work, I knew there was no chance I could do it.  It wound up taking a very long time to get into the shower, close to 20 minutes, because my knee wouldn't bend enough for me to get it over the side of the tub.  I was also afraid it wouldn't support my weight when I put my OTHER foot in.  As it was, I took what may have been the most perfunctory shower in the history of showers.

I have a doc appointment on Tuesday, where I'm scared he's gonna say I'll need surgery.  I'm getting a lift, which is good... I'm not sure I'll be able to walk to my car tomorrow.  Guess we'll see, huh? 

I'll keep y'all updated.

UPDATE:  The doctor has diagnosed a torn meniscus.  This is... not good.  I am not a candidate for surgery, mainly because it probably isn't torn that badly.  He wants me to rest and stay off the knee as much as possible... in fact, he wanted me to be off work for the next two weeks, basically be bed-ridden.  As pleasant a thought as that may be, I had to veto it... so I go back on Thursday.  Hopefully I can get in the car easier then. 

Posted by: Wonderduck at 11:30 PM | Comments (9) | Add Comment
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1 Hooboy. Good luck, good sir.

Posted by: GreyDuck at February 14, 2017 08:35 AM (rKFiU)

2 Yes, good luck.  Didn't you say at some point that you could work from home?

Posted by: Rick C at February 14, 2017 07:08 PM (ITnFO)

3 Rick C, I kinda... like... lost that ability.  And my boss hasn't offered to let me do so during this stretch, so... yeah.

Posted by: Wonderduck at February 14, 2017 11:04 PM (UDOXQ)

4 Ah.  Well, good luck.  You have crutches, and, if so, would they help any?  Or a wheelchair, possibly that can lock one leg rest up so you can keep the leg straight?

Posted by: Rick C at February 14, 2017 11:16 PM (ITnFO)

5 Did he give you one of those soft knee-braces? Immobilizing the leg with one of those can help keep the strain off it.

Posted by: Mauser at February 14, 2017 11:42 PM (5Ktpu)

6 Rick C, I'm using a cane.  I'm (unfortunately) well-practiced in cane usage, and while a crutch/crutches may technically be better in this case, I feel much more comfortable with the cane.

Mauser, no.  I am not a "off-the-rack" sized guy.  I do have a knee brace, but it never stays in place for more than a few strides.  It was the largest size I could find, and if I put it on the way I'm supposed to, the velcro lets go when I sit down.  If I put it on sitting down, it ends up on my shin before I leave Pond Central.  Essentially, I need a custom brace like athletes have... well, I've got two kidneys, I could spare one...

Posted by: Wonderduck at February 15, 2017 09:02 AM (UDOXQ)

7 I remember you mentioning the cane.  In my experience with both, which I admit is not extensive, it's easier to use the knee less on crutches, but if the cane works better for you, that's probably the way to go, yeah.

Posted by: Rick C at February 15, 2017 10:23 AM (ECH2/)

8 Because my job can be so hard on the body, we have on-site physical therapists. I've had my ankle taped up before, and they have athletic tape that can do what the brace does, but doesn't shift. However, the application on oneself would probably be very tricky.

Posted by: Mauser at February 15, 2017 10:07 PM (5Ktpu)

9 All I know about meniscus tears is that they are apparently no fun.
Washcloth scrub instead of shower.
Shampoo hair in the sink.
Alternately, find a place with a nice flat-floored shower stall and use that.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at February 16, 2017 12:07 AM (JDV7u)

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