Good news about the knee! I went to see the Orthopaedic Surgeon yesterday, and since my knee seems to be doing well with my current regimen, physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory cream, that will be my last scheduled appointment. I do have arthritis in my knee, but he assesses it as at the initial stages, so that surgery is not needed, particularly since I am able to keep the pain under control. He was funny, though he didn’t mean to be. He thought I would be disappointed that surgery wasn’t needed at this time. I guess a lot of the patients that he sees want a quick fix, so he assumes that is how I felt as well. I explained to him that I felt it was good news, that I could keep going without needing surgery. Temporarily, the knee issue is done and dusted.
I will need surgery down the road. He told me that the condition will flare up from time to time, and each time it does it will recover to a lower state than the last flare up, until finally I will need surgery. I am hoping that is many, many years down the road!
When I consider how very painful it was back in January and February, and that my case is not very advanced, my heart goes out to those who suffer pain from an advanced case of arthritis, or any other painful chronic condition.
While I was waiting in the very large waiting room, I noticed a couple leaving. From out of nowhere, I suffered a short sharp pang, missing Attila. It took me by surprise, as I don’t like to spend time thinking about how much I miss him. Luckily my name was called shortly after that, and day flowed easily around the incident.
It was amusing to watch myself prepare for that appointment yesterday. What bothered me about it? The parking! The parking garage, the one that Tank would not fit into, was something I was not looking forward to using. I don’t like parking garages, they are stark and lonely places. The biggest obstacle though, was the payment system. I can NEVER reach those darn machines, just out of reach outside the driver side window. I almost always have to unbuckle, open the door, and lean out of the vehicle to reach those horrid machines, then quickly bring myself back into a driving position and slam the door of the vehicle shut, as the barrier briefly rises to let me through. Two vehicles, that were ahead of me in the long line to exit the parking garage, had serious issues with the machine, requiring an attendant to come out and sort through the problems. Luckily I made it through without needing assistance. That parking garage exit exercise was the worst part of the visit to the clinic.
My visit to the parking garage confirmed that indeed, Tank would not have fit into the space between the floor and the roof on any level of the garage. It would have been madness to try it!
I am now left with no obligations to keep me at the little house in the city. Attila is working on projects this weekend and in the evenings for another week, so that my return to the country house during that time period would interfere with his progress. He also emphasized to me that the snow has not fully retreated; winter is lingering there. I am loath to return to an empty house, to sit in the bush by myself, staring at the snow. I will not be heading north for at least another week!
Diesel has spring fever! I am finding him in odd places. This morning he was sitting on top of the refrigerator. Yesterday he was attempting to chase birds despite the window glass between him and the birds outside. Yet, when I open a window for him, that offers a perch, he avoids it. He is the quintessential “‘fraidy cat”! During the night last night, he frequently touched noses with me, slept nose to nose with me most of the night, and even wanted to lick my face. His whiskers tickle. I wasn’t receptive to the licking! I was glad he was there.
Our personal finance books are almost balanced! This is quite a feat for us, considering the new used vehicle last fall, and the very expensive dental work for Attila early this year. In a few weeks we will break even, universe willing, and begin to put ourselves back together again.
We have a sunny day here today, coolish, but not nippy. Neighbours are out all up and down our street, washing their cars, raking their lawns, tearing up gardens and shrubs. The neighbours pets are out all up and down the street, cats prowling, dogs barking, birds singing in the trees. After being shut in all winter, all of these sights and sounds are welcome!
Little House in the City
Date: 5:00 AM EDT Thursday 16 April 2015
Condition: Not observed
Pressure: 103.0 kPa
Wind: NE 6 km/h
Wind Chill: -3
Date: 5:00 AM EDT Thursday 16 April 2015
Pressure: 102.9 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Wind: ESE 9 km/h
“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.”