Thursday, November 29, 2012
I got my results finally from my MRI...the good news...I got my results, the bad news...I got my results.
It turns out that my knee is a wee bit more damaged than I originally thought. I did tear my medial ligament, in fact it is severed. I have had a severe tear in the ligament that runs below the kneecap, it has mended but left lots of scar tissue. That one most likely occurred when I injured my knee several years ago. I have severe osteo arthritis in the joint, behind the kneecap and the knee cap itself, which is beginning to disintegrate. When I tore my side ligament, it must have caused the knee joint to pull out of place a bit as when it went back into place, it captured some muscle tissue in the joint. As the doctor explained it....it's like you have taken two bricks and slapped them together hard with a play dough in between. The play dough (muscle) has squished out where ever it can. Which would account for the fact that in the morning, my knee is not too bad, but by nighttime it's swollen and sore. The more I use the joint during the day the more irritated that bit of muscle becomes. My knee will never get any better only worse. Apparently I am looking at a complete knee replacement. I have yet to be referred to a specialist (which I'm told could take months to get an appt.), in turn the specialist has to decide how urgently I need a replacement. This whole process, according to my family doctor could take up to 5 years!
On the plus side...I now know what is wrong with my knee and because of my intolerance for medications, I may find that it will play a huge part in me being bumped up the list for a replacement.
Needless to say, I am also going to look at whatever options are out there to enable me not to have to wait 5 years for any treatment.
My Thank you's:
1. Thank you, thank you, thank you that I now have some answers regarding my knee.
2. Thank you, thank you, thank you that the Lord knows what needs to occur and is in control of things.
3. Thank you, thank you, thank you that I have a brace for my knee that helps to keep it stable as I walk.
4. Thank you, thank you, thank you that I can still walk.
5. Thank you, thank you, thank you that Quin and Garry are able to leave this afternoon for Saskatchewan. They should be home on Sunday. Please grant them traveling mercies Lord.
6. Thank you, thank you, thank you that we did not get the dump of snow yesterday while I had to be on the roads. Unfortunately it has started this morning.
7. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all Garry's siblings being able to gather at their Mom's to help her celebrate her 80th birthday tomorrow.
8. Thank you, thank you, thank you the gift of life and the opportunities for learning and spiritual growth that come my way each day.
9. Thank you, thank you, thank you for a very busy week at work, the time has flown by!
10. Thank you, thank you, thank you that I have freedom of choice and that being mindful is one of those choices.
Have a blessed and wonderful day.