Of Dogs, Knee Surgery, and Large Horses, (Part 2)

May 20, 2013

So….my horse was fine and my knee hurt like hell. Am I on Candid Camera or something? Or a victim of one of Murphy’s more sadistic Laws?

superwoman

Can You Find Super Woman?

OK, it didn’t hurt like hell all the time, only when I walked, or rode, or tried to sleep. The rest of the time it was a strong and active ache. For about a week I was hobbling around like a 100 year old woman with arthritis, and for another two weeks I was not hobbling, but it was only because I am superwoman and I refused to show signs of weakness. After all, I had places to go, people to see, things to do. I couldn’t stop, or even slow down, for an injury. Animals depended on me. But, when no one was looking I lifted my leg into the car with my hands because I couldn’t get my leg to work that way.

Meanwhile, Olivia went lame again. What was wrong with that horse? A call went out to the vet, who spent three hours at the farm blocking, ultra-sounding and x-raying. Diagnosis: she will not get better (more about that in a future blog). No more riding Olivia. Fortunately, she was gorgeous, had fabulous movement, and was a good age for breeding so away she went on lease to be a mommy. A great life for her; one less horse to worry about with a bad knee.

photo 02Finally, in the dark and secret hours of the morning, when no one could see me, I took an aspirin …I ….TOOK ….AN ….ASPIRIN. I, who NEVER take pain medication unless on death’s bed, took an aspirin. That’s when I decided it was time to see a doctor. Well, I thought defensively, I just spent hundreds of dollars to find out why my horse is lame, and the results were somewhat frightening. Was I not worth that? That thought was immediately followed by: Doctor??  What doctor?

Dear Me…I had been in Florida for five years and had not been to see a doctor once. Or to a hospital. Or a clinic. I didn’t know any doctors. As a disgustingly healthy person, what need did I have for doctors? So I called around and, after speaking with several friends, I had an appointment—in a month—with a well respected doctor. Isn’t it funny, once I made the appointment my knee felt better. I almost canceled several times but, just as I was making that decision and reaching for the phone I would step slightly wrong and the knee would hurt again. I somehow knew that if I canceled the appointment Murphy, with his fist full of wretched Laws, would raise his evil head again and my leg would fall off. So, after about a year, that month passed and I met with the doctor. Following the Torture Of 1000 Questions and a cursory exam, she gave me instructions and off I went on my merry way.

From the doctor’s office I was sent to the vampire house where (pleasant surprise) I really didn’t feel a thing, and from there I drove to the MRI/X-ray building. It was quite amazing to me that everything was right on schedule. I waited less than five minutes at each house of small horrors, then had the joy of waiting for the doctor to call with the results.

To my shock, the first thing I was told was that I had high cholesterol—both ‘good’ and ‘bad’–and that, no, they don’t balance out. This is something that I don’t understand. If one is ‘good’ and the other ‘bad’ isn’t that like plus and minus. If you have similar amounts of plus and minus you end up with a very low number. NOT! I, who normally prefer to eat chicken and fish, was told to cut back on my red meat. I wondered how I was supposed to do that?

Oh well, that wasn’t my big problem, the big problem was that I had a new appointment with a specialist. Why? Because there was a tear in my ACL. Naturally, the appointment was a month away.

Another year that lasted a month passed and the great day arrived. And I spent all of 15 minutes with the doctor. He pulled my knee this way and that, told me it was swollen, the joint was loose, and that the MRI and X-Rays showed that I needed surgery. Why? Because I had torn my ACL almost in two, and a section of the meniscus was pulling off the bone. And, guess what? They don’t get better without surgery. Then he asked me if next Friday was OK.

WHAT?   Who was going to look after the horses? The Rally Dog? The cats? ME!? How long would I be off? How long before I’d be normal? (Ok…I do realize the ‘N’ word is not one that is normally usually associated with me, but to me I am ‘normal’.) I had almost a week to figure all this out.

To be continued….

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24 Responses to “Of Dogs, Knee Surgery, and Large Horses, (Part 2)”

  1. […] Of Dogs, Knee Surgery, and Large Horses (Part 2) […]

  2. deb said

    Wow Vickie! Sorry about your knee! Ok, on to Part 3!

    • kayuk said

      Hi Deb! So glad you stopped by my blog. I hope you enjoy the stories. I would love to hear what you think of some of them.
      I’m down to the last day of the post-op antibiotics and that is a whole story all by itself!

  3. m33s66vr said

    Nicely written Vickie! I have a pretty good idea of what’s coming in Part 3. But, you’ve written Parts 1 and 2 so well, I’m anxious to read Part 3!… :o)

  4. tazeinmirzasaad said

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    • kayuk said

      Oh my gosh! That is amazing! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. There is nothing like friends to brighten the day, and awards are the icing on the cake!

    • kayuk said

      WOW! Thanks so much!

      I’ve been keeping an eye on your blog lately and your poetry just keeps getting better all the time. All the awards you are accumulating are well deserved.

  5. floridaborne said

    BTW: Great picture. Shows the real you. Wish I were that well-toned.

  6. floridaborne said

    You waited a month for an appointment? You certainly haven’t been to a doctor in the states recently. That’s incredible! How long is it going to take to heal?

    • kayuk said

      Surgeon said 6 weeks to normal activities, 6 months to play soccer.

      How long do you usually wait for an appointment?

      • floridaborne said

        I get an appointment the next day. When I was so dizzy I couldn’t stand up from that a-typical vestibular migraine, I had a neurology consult quickly. That’s nothing compared to what happened to your knee. If you have to, you go to the emergency room. I don’t want to lose my best friend over some shitty accident. I knew your knee was hurting, but you certainly are good at being superwoman. I would have been screaming my lungs out and begging for drugs. 🙂

        • kayuk said

          I’ll have to have you book my appointments from now on! Everything BUT the surgery was over a month down the road.

          Personally, I think your head was more of an issue than my knee. At least I could walk. Besides, I have a very high pain threshold. I think it’s from all the back issues I had when I arrived in Florida. Thank God for a good chiropractor!

          • floridaborne said

            I just spoke to someone who worked for a chiropractor in another city. He quit. The good ones seem to be leaving.

            • kayuk said

              Very true…and very sad. The best ones, who really help, are retiring. The younger ones are so afraid of getting sued or causing pain and losing a client that they don’t even do chiropractic any more. And because they don’t ‘practice’ they lose whatever beginnings of ‘touch’ they were developing.

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