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Well, this is interesting

I am having a mild medical thing. It is not gross, but I will cut it for you anyway.

Backstory is this: Two years ago, in a moment of ill advised prancing, I hurt my knee. The meniscus got all sort of ground up and trashed. Knee slowly recovered, but it grinds somewhat, and it is not too happy in a deep squat. (Like for cleaning the refrig.) It works, but I have to be careful with it.

This week it has been very cold and snowy. Things are unstable underfoot, and instead of my usual sneakers I have been wearing boots. Clomping carefully made my knee hurt, but  I have been achy all over, but I thought that was a function-- or misfunction-- of my kidney.
But tonight I was washing away in my bath, and found a hard lump behind my knee. It is about the size of a golf ball, and my guess is it is bursitis. Husband had that once, in his elbow. He got something that looked like an elbow boob. Ship doctor elected not to puncture it. Better not to poke holes and introduce a possible infection.  It went away-- eventually. He rested it.

So tomorrow I am off to the doctor, He can sort out my kidney while he is looking at my knee. I don't want to have the lithotrypsy if all I need is a whopping antibiotic.

In any case, I think I will be putting my snowboots away for a while.

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pollyandr3
Dec. 18th, 2013 05:29 am (UTC)
Oh dear! I hope you have an easy treatment and a quick recovery!

Do you study medicine? I just happen to notice that you know an awful lot about medical terminology and such. Wow, color me impressed!

Get better soon, and good luck! :) *hugs*
eglantine_br
Dec. 18th, 2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
No, no study of medicine. I did study to be an EMT, years ago. But that is more what to do, not why. And no sooner did I complete my studies than I got pregnant. (Then I had a 7 year old, and an infant, and a husband at sea 6 months at a time. I had no time to be zooming in ambulances!)

Knee feels better today. Less swollen. In a way this is too bad, I mean it is good, but it is like taking your care to the shop and saying 'it was making a thunking noise--' and they cannot hear it.
wellinghall
Dec. 18th, 2013 07:00 am (UTC)
I hope the doctor can fix things quickly, painlessly and cheaply.
eglantine_br
Dec. 18th, 2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, me too. It is better today, but I have to go out soon and carry heavy things in the snow, so we shall see...
_likimeya
Dec. 18th, 2013 08:28 am (UTC)
Hope you get better soon! It's such a bummer when you have an injury that you know will never completely go away. :(
The knee is such an intricate apparatus…
eglantine_br
Dec. 18th, 2013 03:53 pm (UTC)
I always think that the way the knee is would make sense to AOS sailors. The balance of the pull on the different parts, it has a stretched beauty like the sails of a ship. Complicated.

I imagine saying to Wm Bush "Here, hand me that slate, now imagine you were inventing the knee..."
charliecochrane
Dec. 18th, 2013 11:16 am (UTC)
You poor lamb. keep us updated.
eglantine_br
Dec. 18th, 2013 03:53 pm (UTC)
Will do. Better today.
kcwarwick
Dec. 18th, 2013 11:23 am (UTC)
Take care of yourself. Knees can be trouble, as I'm sure you know.
eglantine_br
Dec. 18th, 2013 03:54 pm (UTC)
I am surprised they work as well as they do, actually.
ba1126
Dec. 18th, 2013 01:55 pm (UTC)
So sorry you are having troubles!!I just recently have been dealing with bursitis in my hip. STRONG Ibuprofen, but if it doesn't do the trick, a cortisone shot will likely be next. Maybe a knee brace would be helpful?? It gives a little more strength to your knee and may make you feel more 'secure' when walking. Best wishes for a quick recovery and prayers, too.
eglantine_br
Dec. 18th, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
I may just go and get a knee brace. It would, as you say feel more secure. I am big believer in ibuprofin. Love the stuff. Cortisone I am more wary of. It is good if you must, but can do damage too.

I will update in posts if anything interesting happens. (I hope nothing interesting happens!)
ba1126
Dec. 18th, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
When I nannied for two doctors, they told me you can take aspirin and ibuprofen together. Each works in a different way and give more relief together. YMMV.
thistle_chaser
Dec. 18th, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
Worse comes to worst, you could get a minibra for your knee boob? :P But seriously, I hope it feels better soon!
eglantine_br
Dec. 18th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
ROFL! Something lacy.
thistle_chaser
Dec. 18th, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
Pink and lacy, wrapped around your knee. You'll feel better in no time! (Or attract all the single male knees in your area.)
eglantine_br
Dec. 18th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
I will try not to tempt them!
anteros_lmc
Dec. 18th, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
You have my sympathies, hope the doctor can sort you out. My own knees are absolutely buggered. They were dodgy to start with but working in archaeology completely wrecked them.
vespican
Dec. 19th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
On a somewhat related note, my janitorial partner at work walked into a sign post in the parking lot Tuesday... lump the size of a half peanut shell over her left eye. Ended up being taken to the doctor and taking yesterday off with a concussion. Hate to say it, but we all (including her) were laughing so hard!
Dave
PS Decided the "handicapped parking" sign she walked into should be changed to "handicapped walking!"
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