Free Medical Advice in Aisle Ten!

When I was at the grocery store last week, I ran into Maryanne who attends our church and is a friendly, but mostly “Hi, how are you.”  acquaintance.  There are many times that “Hi, how are you.” would have been the extent of this encounter too, but I think this time I was meant to hear some things Maryanne had to say.

So for whatever reason, we stopped to chat.  And the conversation came around to the fact that she used to have a noticeable limp, but doesn’t now.  This was of particular interest to me because I have been having trouble with my knees for several years now (and I do limp sometimes, but so far usually just for a short time after having sat for an extended period of time — never as badly as I had seen Maryanne limp) and I wondered if her knees had been her problem too.  Yes, in fact that was her problem and as she described how her knees had acted (or not acted), they sounded like my current knee problems only worse — where they might be heading.  She said now that she feels so great and has no pain, she wishes she had addressed the problem sooner and saved herself needless years of discomfort.  She also said that these days a specialist can very quickly determine if you need knee surgery because they take x-rays while you are in the office, so can make a diagnosis right away.  She concluded by telling me that if and when I did see a specialist, she would suggest a certain doctor who her daughter, an RN, said she considers the best knee specialist in the area.

My knee problems have been in the back of my mind for quite a while.  But you know how that goes — when it’s you, you have trouble standing back and looking at the problem, any problem, objectively and determining how serious it really is.  So I was glad that Maryanne had shared so much info about her knee surgery and what symptoms had lead up to it.  Her experience confirmed to me that I actually did have a problem that was going to have to be fixed eventually.  So I filed the information she had given me away in the back of my mind … little knowing how soon I would be using it!

Last Friday, just a couple days after this conversation, I was playing golf and on my chip shot up onto (luckily) the last green, I turned my right knee wrong and was suddenly in excruciating pain!  I managed to finish and hobble to the car and then drive home.  And when I got home I did what I have talked about doing for at least a year, i.e., made an appointment with a “knee Doc” — and, predictably, I called the doctor who had been recommended to me just a few days earlier.

Realistically, if I hadn’t just run into Maryanne, I’m not sure I would have made that call so quickly.  After all, later, after I had put an ace bandage around the knee, it stopped hurting and frankly that made me wonder if this was really just a non-event and didn’t require further attention.  But, because of that conversation earlier in the week, I knew that my symptoms were in line with those of at least one person who had had knee replacement, and also because of that conversation, I even knew the name of a good doctor to see.  So since I had already made the appointment, I decided to go anyway just to see what the doctor would say about my knees.

Bottom line … I saw the doctor yesterday … x-rays were taken showing the dreaded bone-on-bone knees … and in the next few days, surgery will be set up for sometime in November for both knees.

Thanks so much for the very well-timed “medical advice” Maryanne.  You just never know when you might pick up something free but of great value at the grocery store along with your cereal and bananas!

10 Responses to Free Medical Advice in Aisle Ten!

  1. Linda says:

    Oh my! I knew you’d had problems with your other knee for some time, but I had no idea that it was so bad that the need for surgery was immediate. Will you be needing full replacements on both knees, or will they be able to do a partial? Am I going to have to bring meals? 🙂

  2. Leigh says:

    You will be in our prayers. God Bless!

  3. Sandra says:

    Wellll, yes, Linda you will need to supply our meals for at least a couple weeks — start cooking NOW! 🙂

    The doctor didn’t mention partial, so I guess that’s not an option.

    Leigh — Thank you so much.

  4. Linda says:

    How do you feel about pizza and chocolate sheet cake for two weeks?

  5. Sandra says:

    Linda — If I’d known that would be offered, I’d have made sure I had this done lonnnng ago! 🙂

  6. Tim King says:

    What a story, Sandra! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and look forward to hearing from you after the surgery. -TimK

  7. Sandra says:

    Thanks, Tim. 🙂

  8. Katharine says:

    Re-place-ments? Wow, that’s quite a surprise. As you noted, God’s timing is perfect! It’s good that you won’t be putting this off for another few years, right?

  9. Sandra says:

    Katherine — Well, since I’ve talked to some people about this plan, it has been brought to my attention that there is sometimes a wide divide between what the doctor proposes and what the insurance people say they will pay for! So, I’m waiting to find that out.

  10. C. Beth says:

    I’m sorry you’ll have surgery…but I’m looking forward to hearing how great you hear after your recovery! And I’ll pray that there’s a miracle and you don’t need the surgery at all. 🙂

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