Wounded Knee

No, not the infamous Native American Lakota massacre of 1890.  Wounded knee as in the injured right knee which has been the focus of medical attention lately.

I returned to the orthopedic doctor this past Thursday evening with MRI and blood results in-hand.

Apparently, I do have a relatively high uric acid reading which prompted the doctor to instruct that I should avoid eating red meat, pork, most legumes (particularly beans), shrimp, clams, oysters, and lobsters.  This may help with potential joint pain.

More importantly, the MRI confirmed the existence of a tear of the meniscus and the need for corrective arthroscopic surgery.  This is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19.  I’ve never had surgery before so as you can imagine, I’m giddy with excitement over it.  Not.  But, it is necessary if I want to avoid the continued deterioration of the torn meniscus and to be able to walk, jump, run (what’s that?), ride a bicycle, drive a car, lift things, etc.  I guess we’ll call it a necessity.

We haven’t had any medical expenses that would invoke submitting a health insurance claim for at least 6 years.  I hope I can figure this out on Monday as the cost is nearly $3,000.  Of course, we have to pay all of this before the surgery.  Obviously, this isn’t a budgeted item.

We’d appreciate your prayers for a successful surgery and recovery.  The doctor indicated I’d most likely be on crutches for 4 to 6 weeks with no pressure on the knee.  This would also mean, no driving, and whatever restrictions crutches will cause.

I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to handle the obstacles associated with simply getting to our weekly Bible study at the apartment of Emmanuel and Mari Cruz.  We have to cross a busy road on foot (usually running to make it across), and then jump up on a very high curb (over 2 feet high), and avoid losing balance and falling back into the traffic, while avoiding a number of open holes, and a couple of other steps (many more steps depending on where we find a parking spot).  So, we’ll see what becomes of our study for a few weeks.

There is a slight chance that the damage is not as bad as it appears on the MRI.  If so, the doctor said there would be a chance that the repair would not require sutures and I would be able to walk away from the hospital.  It seems unlikely, but we can still pray for that scenario too.

Thanks for praying.

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