Today I finally got myself to my physician to discuss the awful pain and weakness in my left knee which have been worsening rapidly of late. I am now unable to walk very far and have to be extremely careful upon arising to avoid falling.
In 2006 I had a total knee replacement on my right knee and it has been wonderful. I was convinced that my left knee would need a total replacement as well. It is a tough surgery and recovery but I would do it in a flash if I could but financially I cannot now afford to take 7-8 weeks off from work without pay. I only have 1 week of sick time available to me. Thus, when I found out today that there is a slim chance I could get away with simpler surgery it was a relief. It seems I have a nasty big spur in the left knee and it is attacking my quadricep muscles. THAT is why I have such awful pain and weakness. I will be having an MRI and a visit with the surgeon soon to find out if the simpler procedure is an option. Here's hoping!! For the time being, it is recommended that I not exercise and be very aware of resting my knee. Not good news for me.
The cool weather has really arrived here and tonight I had to face the fact that I needed to buy some new turtlenecks. With one shabby black one left from 3 years ago it was time so I headed out to Macy's and got several colors at a reasonable price. Eerily, I swear I was the only person in the store. The financial crisis? Dancing with the Stars? The debate? I don't know, but it was a strange feeling. I took LM's daughter, Kristi along and she loved it....she was able to buy herself a new DVD with her birthday money.