Saturday, October 01, 2011
I recently had arthroscopic surgery on my right knee for the second time. The first surgery was in November of 2007 and then again on September 19, 2011. I wonder if the second one would have come so soon had my weight been in a normal range. I know that weighing less would be easier on my joints and would help to prolong the inevitable, a total knee replacement. The doctor seems to think that in 1 to 2 years that is what I will need.
While preparing for the surgery my family doctor ordered and EKG and laboratory tests. The EKG showed some irregularity, which didn't seem to concern my doctor much, as he mentioned that my weight may be the cause of the irregularity. Although it frightened me quite a bit. The laboratory test also showed some irregularities. I was low on my albumin, sodium and calcium. I also showed an elevation in eosinophils, a minimal one as my doctor called it. He told me that more exercise and a good diet would be helpful for this.
They all didn't cause any complications for surgery, although it frightened me. In the past all of my tests have always been good. I have been asking myself alot of questions, such as how I could ever get off track and stay off for so long? This has made me want to find those tracks once again before I do more serious damage to my body. This was the first time that I was truly frightened and it was a blessing in disguise. It made me realize that it is time to take care of myself right away. No more making excuses or procrastinating. Now is the time!
A healthy body is a great chamber for the soul, a sick body is a prison. --Francis Bacon