what I'm talking about. LBJ was famous for showing off a scar. Well, it feels like an ordeal, something overcome, gotten through. This was knee surgery -- arthroscopic surgery for a meniscal tear. They go in with a camera and lasers to cut off the dangling nerve ends, which are the cause of the pain. I had a wonderful surgeon, Christie Heikes, who told me all the options, talked me through it and then let me decide. She put her initials on the knee so everyone would know which knee was being operated on. Apparently this is a big problem -- the wrong limb undergoing surgery. I thought it looked like a signed piece of art. The kind of art that the NEA would fund and then get in trouble for.
Anyway, I'm feeling pretty good. The surgery was Friday, now it's Monday and I'm walking around, putting weight on it. It's still swollen and stiff but it has that healing aura about it. I found out that where most people have a notch in the femur I have none. Apparently this is the reason for a lot of falling down I've done in my life. I thought I was just a klutz so this was a revelation for me.
Onward. Now I can turn my attention to the arthritis in my knees and in my neck. It's in other joints but those two places are bothersome. I'm going to work on diet and exercise, some pills -- just experiment and see what works. In the fall, I hope to teach a Yoga for Arthritis class.
Trigosamine®. A pharmacist recommended this product over some of the others. It has the combination I want to experiment with: Hyaluronate30 (an essential building block in synovial or joint fluid), Glucosamine15 (may or may not build cartilage), Chondroitin12 (promotes joint flexibility) and Vitamin D (overall bone health and I know I am low on this vitamin). Stay tuned.