My MRI Capped The Day
Friday, October 09, 2015
Yesterday, I had my specialized MRI on my knee (that has a partial replacement). It capped off a less than stellar day for my bum knee. My day started off okay. I stopped for a newspaper and as I walked into the store, my shoe felt like it was stuck to the floor and my knee started to buckle. Since this has happened before, I know that it is my leg dragging the shoe and not the floor glued to my shoe. I caught myself and my knee wrenched, which hurt like crazy. I bought my paper and went to sit down at a little diner at the corner. There, I sat in a booth, propped my leg up and ate an egg white omelette. I took my time and read the paper as I ate my breakfast and lingered over a glass of iced tea.
Once my leg seemed to recover, I went to the pharmacy and picked up several prescriptions for my family. I got out of the car and gimped into the pharmacy. My knee still felt very unstable and again tried to buckle but I was walking so slowly that I wasn't in much danger of falling. The end result of my morning is that my leg really hurt and started throbbing. I went home to bed.
Over the next few hours, I did my home therapy exercises and lots of stretches. The therapy helped significantly, which was a relief. I got ready to leave for my MRI appointment and as I walked to the kitchen, my knee buckled again. Well, at least I was going to have it tested!
I drove for an hour to get to the testing facility. My leg had stiffened and was very uncomfortable. It was a relief to get to the testing center. I had a bit of difficulty finding the correct area and ended up doing some walking. I was finally called for my test. The technician asked me to follow her back to the testing area. I was about half way there when my knee gave out and I started to wobble. I grabbed the wall and the technician grabbed me.
It was scary and painful. By the time I was on the table, I couldn't even lift my leg in order to put it into the apparatus for the test. Holding still for an hour, was very uncomfortable. The technician gave the radiologist a note about what she had observed (the knee buckling). She expressed concern about me getting to the car without falling, so I was extra careful
Driving home took well over an hour. I headed straight for the bed and pretty much stayed there for the remainder of the night. Today, I split up my exercises and did lots of stretches. Hubby took me out for a salad and the rest of the day I spent on the bed. I hope that next week, my knee specialist can tell me what is causing all of this pain and instability.