17
Oct
09

Catching Up

We’ve been doing a lot recently – some fun, some not so fun, but nothing bad ;-}

Most importantly, Brian had knee surgery yesterday, and everything went fine. He’s walking around no problem, and is ready to try dropping the prescription pain meds and going over to acetaminophen or ibuprofen. The surgeon came out to talk to me after he was done, and said that Brian’s torn cartilage was some of the worst he’s ever seen – he couldn’t believe that Brian had been able to go so long without having surgery. I said “Well, only since June . . .”, and the surgeon said “Oh, no, it’s been damaged for years – the torn edges were rounded from long-term rubbing together. There was some newer damage that must have been from June, but I was able to trim everything up so his knee should work better than it has for a long time.”

Brian vaguely remembers a backpacking trip back in his 20s where he twisted his knee, but kept walking on it (didn’t really have a choice). It was painful at the time, but not incapacitating. Either he’s completely impervious to the kind of pain that the surgeon expected him to have, or the damage was situated such that it was not interfering with the movement of the joint, and thus not causing a lot of pain.

In addition to the torn cartilage, there is a worn area, but the surgeon felt it wasn’t a problem; and the anterior cruciate ligament is partially torn. My understanding is that it will stay partially torn, but that it should continue to function just fine unless he does something that causes it to tear completely.

Brian doesn’t remember anything specific he did in June to cause further damage, although he was doing some planting in the backyard which involved kneeling, and it was shortly afterward that his knee started bugging him. He ignored it for a while, and it seemed to get better, but then it would get painful again and he would ignore it again until it seemed to get better, and so it went for two months. Finally, he realized that it was not just going to go away before our trip to Orlando; so he went to see our pcp, who sent him for x-rays and an MRI; then referred him to the surgeon. We were concerned that the surgeon would tell him he needed to be on crutches, or even cancel the trip – can you imagine doing Disney on crutches? Instead, the doctor just pulled an ounce or so of fluid off the knee (said it was about 1/3 of what was in there), and gave Brian a cortisone shot. With ibuprofen, Brian had almost no problems with the knee on the trip (about which I’ll write in another post).

So all’s well with Brian and his knee.

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1 Response to “Catching Up”


  1. 1 Kevin
    October 26, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Hi Julie,

    I am so glad that Brian is doing better, it is nice to know that you have each other…so in love and taking good care of the other.

    Talk soon,

    Kevin


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