alpaca princess (renniekins) wrote,
alpaca princess


My sis was in town visiting me over the weekend, and just headed home yesterday. We had a good time: we rode more than a metric century (100km) on saturday, we saw some old friends, went ice skating, did some repairs around my house, and had fun hanging out.

The metric century thing on saturday was Tour de Livingston, and I really need to write a proper post about it sometime soon! Team Alpaca rode again, complete with shirts, and it was quite awesome.

My left knee (victim of 3 surgeries in the early 1990's, including one ACL reconstruction) has been increasingly bothering me recently. By recently I mean that it started last year, and has gradually been getting more noticeable. It is particularly bad when I ice skate or ski -- anything that involves deep knee-bending and side-to-side motion. Last week, after having to stop ice skating because it hurt too much to support me, I finally got brave enough and fed up enough with the whole thing to make a doctor appointment.

Today I saw the doctor, and my Personal PA was kind enough to accompany me. It helped a ton having him there. I hate visiting doctors, and I hate having knee issues, and I was equally afraid that he would find nothing wrong or find something wrong, but either way there would be no magic wand to make me feel better.

He took an x-ray, and found some cartilage degeneration (arthritis) and bone spurs in my knee. He believes the ACL is still strong, which is a relief. I don't like the word arthritis because it sounds like an old person's problem, and I'm not old darn it! But that knee's just been through too much I guess. Anyway he suggested Suparz injections, which sounds like it has potential to make me feel better. I really really hope so!

Additionally I'm going to get an MRI to inspect the innards more closely, and I'm going to go to physical therapy to learn exercises to strengthen it. I'm nervous, because all the strengthening exercises I've been doing hurt! But maybe they'll give me better ones.

I've been stressed and overwhelmed recently, and my mind is still spinning every which way. I've been studying for my Java certification, and had been planning on testing friday, but I'm behind the schedule I'd pictured for myself. Tomorrow I'm going to cram, just like I'm in college, and hopefully feel prepared enough to take it friday anyway. I'd like to pass it and be done with it.

I'm also hoping to get my MRI done friday, if I can get a place to squeeze me in. Saturday I'm going to an MSU football game (my first one! I've never tailgated before! I'm really looking forward to it), and then sunday I leave for Colorado for my week-long java conference. When I come back, I really have to knuckle down and work on getting one of those "job things" again. As M said when I was talking about, um, one of the zillion things I was stressing about, I'm not sure which one anymore, "Well this is good, because you don't have enough to worry about...."
Tags: biking, family, knees, work
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