Help The Kneedy

After gaining back some weight over the holiday season, I jumped aboard the Atkins train and started walking and jogging again. I’ve suffered from knee pain since high school, and my last MRI – I’ve had four on my right knee over the years – revealed I have arthritis there.

During the past week, I have been jogging more than walking because my endurance has improved. Unfortunately, the knee pain has gotten worse, and while most people would take a few days off, I did not. I iced the knee and wore my knee brace, but the pain wasn’t debilitating.

On Saturday, I was sitting at the computer and rotated my knee a little to the left and screamed. I tried to stand up, and couldn’t put much weight on my right leg. Something felt seriously wrong, so I drove myself to the hospital to get it checked.

As a father of four, I have a pretty high tolerance for pain, but when the nurse asked me about it (from a number of one to ten), I replied, “Nine.” They took my for an x-ray, which came back negative, but since it was a weekend, there were no orthopedic docs about. The ortho nurse said there is definitely something askew, but I have to have yet another MRI to be sure.

Until then, they hooked my up with this gargantuan leg brace and a cane – yes, a cane – as well as pain relievers. I need to wear the brace all day, walk with the cane, and keep my leg elevated. At this point, I almost hope I need surgery just to get this fixed once and for all.

So, how was your weekend?