Gloom, Despair, & Agony on Me

I always think of this clip from HeeHaw (an old Television show that played in the states) whenever I have a less than stellar day.

We all have those days, right? Yesterday my granddaughter told her mother she was frustrated because the day had been a bad luck day. I know the feeling.

I went to the doctor to get the results of the MRI on my knee. My doctor came into the exam room with that look on his face. He was holding a two page report from the radiologist that read the MRI. “This is an abnormal report. You weren’t kidding when you said your knee hurt.” well, no $hit Sherlock.

Long story short, I have three tears in the minescus which will require arthroscopic surgery. But wait – there is more good news. It seems my joint is deteriorated beyond what it should be for my age. I may be looking at a knee replacement.

“The good news is you are the perfect age for this surgery.” A new knee will last about 30 years. If you have the surgery too young you risk the possibility of surgery again later in life. Have the surgery later and your body does not heal as well.

So, I am waiting on referral to an orthopedic surgeon. This is not the news I had hoped for, but I’m definitely not the first person to ever receive such news. I keep repeating this mantra:

Think about what you hope will happen and not what you fear will happen.

Now I’m off to the dentist. Only 23 shopping days until Christmas!


38 thoughts on “Gloom, Despair, & Agony on Me”

  1. Oh gee! Not what you wanted to hear, but at least you have a diagnosis and can move forward. They’ve made remarkable progress with knee and hip surgeries, as long as they know what they are dealing with. Have you had a second opinion?

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  2. Ouch! I always shake my head when the doctor “confirms” that I’m in pain, or suffering in some way. Why do they think we visit them in the first place? I hope the next bit of news is good. If you have to have the replacement, do you still need the surgery? Sorry, I don’t really understand what they replace. In any case, I hope you find some relief.

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    1. Good questions, Dan. I was told they might do the arthroscopic surgery to repair the tears and try injections before knee replacement surgery. I am trying to make a list of questions to take to the referral appointment.

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  3. I almost had a knee replacement, but they stopped the gurney just shy of the OR. Seems somebody finally looked at my blood work and discovered I had leukemia. Now years later, my leukemia is in remission and my knee hurts like hell.

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  4. Not a fun prospect, but good to have expectations of a positive outcome down the road. Hopefully your knee is in better shape than he’s suggesting, but the meniscus treatment will provide a closer look. I had knee surgery for what they thought was a meniscus tear, and turned out to be something quite different, and very treatable; the MRI must have been hard to read in my case. Hope the treatment path seems to make sense. Knee replacements seem like a very helpful option for severe knee pain, but worth trying conservative treatments, first, too, but I know you’ve been doing that. Hope the pain is manageable in the meantime.

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  5. That’s never the news we want to hear…an operation is needed. I hope it all goes well, I hope the dentist visit was better, I hope your day improved. I hope today is much better 💜💜

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    1. Surgery is never what we hope for, so we shall see what the specialist has to say. I had a routine cleaning at the dentist with nothing new to be worried about!


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