The Villages - bury my wounded knee at barnet general

hutch0
Date: 2010-01-20 17:58
Subject: bury my wounded knee at barnet general
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The knee is still not well. My GP says it should be pretty much healed by now, but it's still weak and sore and I still can't put a lot of weight on it, so he referred me to the orthopaedic clinic up at Barnet General. Who x-rayed the damn thing again, then poked and prodded and twisted it some, and then gave me a leg-brace that's a sort of aluminium/neoprene/velcro version of the calipers you used to see on those child-shaped collecting boxes for the Polio Society and referred me for an MRI.
The appointment for the MRI came through today and it's at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, which means that not only have I taken the knee to three different hospitals since I fell over, I've taken it to three different counties. Well, two counties and a borough, but who's counting.
The MRI's on Saturday, but I'll have to go back to see the consultant at Barnet General a fortnight after that to discuss the results. The doctor I saw at Barnet thinks it may be a ligament tear - which is what every other doctor who's seen it thought - or a cartilage problem. Like everyone else he did the thing where he said, "And we'll see whether it needs physio, or..." and let his voice trail off before he said `surgery.' I don't want surgery. Not keyhole surgery or porthole surgery or patio door surgery or any kind of surgery.
As for the other stuff, not so bad, but not there yet. *hugs*
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mylefteye
User: mylefteye
Date: 2010-01-20 19:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So no one's mentioned amputation, then? *runs away, safe in the knowledge that Dave will never catch him*
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2010-01-21 09:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, but you wait till the knee's better...
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Jody
User: sarcobatus
Date: 2010-01-20 22:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My sympathies, Hutch; but like mylefteye wrote, no one's yet mentioned amputation.

My son had a similar problem, in that the miniscus (sp?) in his knee was torn, and he had to have surgery to correct it. He's doing fine now. Just make sure you have a good doctor.

Hang in there. I don't like the S word either. But sometimes we have to do it. I'm pitching for you, Hutch! With lots of hugs! XXOO
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2010-01-21 09:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What I'm actually hoping for is that it's a long-term non-surgical condition, then I can get a walking stick, put on my Doctor House face and be all curmudgeonly and talk about Lupus a lot.
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Jody: blue fairy
User: sarcobatus
Date: 2010-01-21 16:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:blue fairy
Well, if you're going to do the House number, be prepared to fend off amorous overtures from masochistic females.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2010-01-21 16:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Masochistic females? The best kind... ;-)
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Jody
User: sarcobatus
Date: 2010-01-21 17:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
LOL!

A bum knee and a scratchy beard have their perqs.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2010-01-25 12:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's what I'm hoping, anyway...
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pds_lit
User: pds_lit
Date: 2010-01-20 23:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You have my sympathy for the knee. I know exactly what you are going through.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2010-01-21 09:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks, Pam.
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2010-01-21 01:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sending hugs and all the medical mojo I've got. Knee problems are not fun. :-(
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2010-01-21 09:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks, Jean Marie!
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rou_killingtime
User: rou_killingtime
Date: 2010-01-21 04:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hey, if worse comes to worst, you could get a wooden peg-leg and be just like a pirate! How cool would that be?!

Seriously though, I hope you don't need to go under the knife. May your healing be swift and total.

Oh yeah, check your email for a *really* fun surgical story...
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2010-01-21 09:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Aharrgh!
Yes, the amputation gags have been coming thick and fast. Closely followed by the comment "But that's a football injury."
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2010-01-21 14:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Hey, why all the paranoia about surgery? Surgery's great fun -- especially if you ask them to hold off the anaesthetics so you can watch it as it happens.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2010-01-21 16:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, well, the prospect of knee surgery dwindles into insignificance compared to a bypass, of course, but I'm not interested in watching. If possible, I'd like to be rendered unconscious several days before the op and not woken up until the surgery's healed.
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