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08:51 pm: My Arthritis is Eating My Knee

Or something similar:

Yesterday I woke up, moved so my feet were over the side of the bed, put my hands on the bed and pushed. When I stood up, my left knee buckled and hurt like crazy. Fortunately, I managed to fall backwards onto the bed.

I keep my quad cane right there by the bed and after using it for a while, it was obvious that I could go about 17 yards without my knee buckling again. I called Kaiser advice and they said I had to come in within 24 hours. There's no way I could get in the van like this, so I called friends from the book club and they took me. The doctor said to wear a brace until I see the ortho (but I couldn't wear it in their car, and I can't get it to stay up here -- I think because my upper leg is a lot bigger than the lower -- so I'm not using it). He gave me a couple of meds and made an appt, without asking me, for Tuesday at 9:30am. I can't get up and be functional that early, and the husband half of my friends has to work every day, so we decided I'd call tomorrow (7am) and try to rebook. I'd also like to see the ortho I'd seen in September. If the appt I get doesn't work for the wife, maybe their oldest son, who is just out of college and doesn't have a job yet will be able to take me.

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From:icecreamempress
Date:January 28th, 2013 06:04 am (UTC)
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Oh, yikes! I hope you can get some good treatment and a useful support brace soon. Sorry you're having to deal with this.
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 28th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
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It's been an interesting day -- the older son has the flu, so he's definitely not coming near me and I couldn't get any appointments that med the wife's free time, but I left one on for 3:30pm on Thursday. I finally had them put me in line to talk to an advise nurse. I asked if Kaiser still had the car service for people who can't drive/walk and she said no (didn't surprise me -- they're trying to keep things inexpensive for most patients), so I asked if she had suggestions for how I could get to where I could get in my van and drive myself. She suggested a different kind of brace -- one that was easier to put on and had an open area on the kneecap, and I just spent about an hour looking -- the best I got was two very similar (each from different shop), and both will be shipped and here on Wednesday, so I'll get to try those for probably less than a day. I spent an amazing time trying to find a place locally that would deliver, and I couldn't find anything. She also said I should use cold compresses for 10 minutes three times a day. I'm going to keep looking off and on when I think of something else to put in and look for that should be local.
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From:mjlayman
Date:January 28th, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I definitely remember you, and all the posts when we lost Reen. Thanks!
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From:pameladean
Date:January 29th, 2013 12:14 am (UTC)
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Oww. I always feel it's bad enough to have some kind of health difficulty to resove without having to do so bloody much work just to get to an appointment.

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From:mjlayman
Date:January 30th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
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Well, and the brace that arrived today is too stiff for me to move, not to mention that I can barely move my arthritic fingers now. I'm going to try to get into the van tomorrow -- I can always call 911.
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From:pameladean
Date:February 24th, 2013 07:14 pm (UTC)

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Thank you for making sure that I knew. I am so sorry for your loss, and so sad for all of us who knew her. I did talk with Marilee at least briefly every Minicon that she was able to attend, but most of our interaction was online, and mostly about her cats. She was one of the strongest and kindest people I've known, and I only wish I'd said so explicitly.

Pamela
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