Just a quick update today. Hopefully more detailed post to follow.
The latest shoulder surgery seems to have gone very well. Range of motion recovery is 3 months ahead of schedule, according to the orthopedic surgeon. There is soreness during and after physical therapy, but the pain is gone. The scars are also healing very nicely. I am hopeful that this will have been the last surgery on this arm. (The fourth time is the charm?)
Meanwhile, my knees have been getting worse. (I know I haven’t talked about them on the blog before.) Due to the drama with the arm, I had been not paying much attention to the fact that I was becoming less able to take short walks and climb up stairs. But a friend came to visit recently, and my knees were hurting so much on a short walk we took that we had to seriously reduce our pace. And this time, the effects lasted for at least a week. Oh, and the stairs – I was hobbling up the stairs at home for at least a week, and some days I would just stay on one floor of the house to avoid the stairs.
Fortunately, I had a (very difficult to get) appointment with the VA not long after that. My provider ordered x-rays and physical therapy for my knees, after diagnosing me with pes anserine bursitis upon physical exam. And by physical exam, I mean she poked and prodded and twisted my knees until I was excitedly saying “Yes, it hurts when you push right there!” and “My leg doesn’t *go* that direction!”
The x-rays have been read, and the report confirms arthritis in both knees as well. I already had a diagnosis of osteoarthritis from my VA intake exam, but had not been offered any treatment previously. But my knees have deteriorated since then, and I welcome the chance to treat these aching knees.
More to follow soon, I hope, about ways to deal with arthritic knees. Two steps forward, one step back.