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09:08 pm: More Arthritis
When I sat in the recliner last night to bead, Spirit left the top of the recliner and went to the heating pad in the kitchen. She came back when I read the paper. I don't think it will take too long for her to sit while I bead again, but she clearly equates the terror with the beads.

I saw the rheumatologist today -- one of the tophi is getting bigger, although not a lot; the lipoma that bulged up is down and more dense now, but still hurts; and the *pop* my right knee is making when I move the knee is more arthritis (and a few times a day, it hurts like crazy when it pops). I wore a skirt so she could look at the knee without me getting undressed and I managed not to tear it or fall, but I had to carry kind of a bag with my wallet, phone, and keys in it. She reinstated the standing orders (and I got email from the nephrologist's nurse who also put her doctor's standing orders in so I can do those this week), she ordered knee x-rays (too late to do them there, I'll do them at Manassas when I get stuck), knee exercises, and PT.

I asked about a wheelchair and she said again that she worries that people lose muscle tone by using it. I reminded her that I'm just not going places I'd use it, so it wouldn't make any difference that way. It'd be silly to use it at the house or the library or the grocery, but I'd like to go to the fairs in Old Town (five blocks and a thousand miles away), the county and state fairs, museums and galleries, etc. She did seem less stern when I mentioned a scooter, which would work for me, too.

I was in rush hour traffic so I stopped at Carrabbas again. Usually I have a house salad and a margherita pizza, but I was too tempted by the zucchini fries and had those instead of the salad. They were cut like french fries, covered in a light herbed batter, and deep fried. And there was aioli for a dip. mmmmm And of course, the margherita pizza is always great. I had a relatively quick drive home and am washing cat blankies tonight. The VCR is watching The Closer.

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Date:August 26th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
What is the practical difference between a scooter and a wheelchair? The only thing I can see is that scooters are ujnwieldy and you pretty much have to get off them to sit at a restaurant table.
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Date:August 26th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Well, you can now buy scooters that can turn on a dime, and where the seat can be turned so you can sit at a table. But the big difference is really perceptual. Most people using scooters are like me, we can walk, just not very far. Most people using wheelchairs can't walk and must be lifted or transferred to other chairs. This isn't completely true, practically, but it's how the difference is perceived.

When I saw Luke on Sunday, there were batches of bored people in their wheelchairs in the hallways. But none of them had their feet up on the stands and used the pushing wheels. They all used their feet to get the wheelchairs around. (There was a loud Pentecostal service in the group room.) If I ever have to go to a place like that for good, I'm likely to kill myself.
Date:August 28th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
A scooter would be nice, wouldn't it? That would make a lot of things so much easier. I hope your doctor can see the point and will go with it.
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Date:August 28th, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'll ask the other doctors, too, because their specialities all contribute to my not-walking-well. It really would be difficult to use it for normal things, but it would be great to be able to go to long-walking things again.
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