Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I'VE BEEN STABBED ... or ...

... maybe shot would be the better term.

Okay, an explanation.  Or as Alison put it, a knee-d to know basis.  My right knee has been giving me fits.  When I was a teenager, I injured it.  Damaged cartilage, I was told.  I re-injured it in the Army, but then it did not bother me for many, many years.  Lately it has become quite painful when I tried to stand or sit down, or move in an awkward way.  And it c-r-e-a-k-s.  I sound like something out of a horror movie.

My doctor sent me to an orthopedist back in July, and after he examined it, gave me a cortisone shot, combined with a local anesthetic.  That worked very nicely -- for about two days.  Then I was back to square one.  Then in August he shot me again, aiming for the sore spot.  No luck.

So Monday I was back once more.  The Doc and I discussed several options, including a knee replacement, but that is  absolutely my last choice.  So maybe the third time is 'charm'. He gave me another shot (bang!) of cortisone.  But this time he did it differently.  Instead of injecting at the point of pain, he shot it opposite that point.  "Call me back in a week or two," he said.  So far, so good.  There is still a niggling of pain, but even the noise level is down.  We'll see how it goes.  In the meantime it is much easier to stand and sit.  Wish me luck!

Fun --


 Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married?
 A. Ruthless.

 Q. What do they call pastors in Germany?
 A. German Shepherds.

 Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?
 A Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.

 Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
 A. Pharaoh's daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet.

 Q. What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?
 A. Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury. David's Triumph was heard throughout the land. Also, probably a Honda, because the apostles were all in one Accord.

 Q. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?
 A. Samson. He brought the house down.


  1. Cortisone shots can damage the cartilege--happened to me after the fourth one. Sounds like yours is actually helping (which, after all, is what they're supposed to do); good!