“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”
J.K. Rowling, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Ouch, is all I have to say. I had my knee procedure done yesterday and the first question the nurse asked me was if I wanted their version of “laughing gas” like dentists use for pain. She said that some people need it and some choose to not have it. “What’s your pain tolerance?” She asked, and I replied, “pretty high,” but she kept asking if I was sure. She said they could have it in the room in case I needed it and that I was in complete control. Oh, that sounded like a plan. I should have used the quote about how there is nothing to fear but fear itself. How do you know how much something will hurt if you don’t feel it? Reminds me of the hike we took last weekend. Everyone said how hard it was. Yes, it was a challenge and we took it slowly for safety, but we gave ourselves lots of time, took plenty of water and snacks and most importantly, had hiking boots with treads on the bottom. We prepared for that as I had prepared for this procedure. I drank lots of water, ate calcium and magnesium rich foods and had a meal before.
I had Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy on my left knee yesterday. Of course, the perfect thing to wear was my navy #SierraTankDress.
My knee is loose and pops in and out of the socket randomly. It’s painful. The nurse took my blood, I think a few small vials-I was talking to the doctor while she did it and I didn’t even notice. Then she spun out my platelets which are responsible for healing the body. After about a half hour, they came back and started the injection process. It included dextrose, ozone, and my own platelets right into my knee. I think the dr. said it was 16 needles in different places. It wasn’t painful, just strange-it felt like he was pulling my knee and clipping it with those black binder clips. That wasn’t the case. My knee was being filled with lots of fluids and becoming larger. He moved it around a bit and asked if I heard the swishing noise. Yes! He said it sounded like a coconut and that that was a great sign. It was definitely pressure and heaviness but felt much better immediately! I’m glad I didn’t use the laughing gas. He DID numb the area before we started. How would I be aware of any pain if it was totally numb like in the above quote? They told me to resume my normal gentle activities right away and that movement is best. Walking is fine. Jay took me to the appointment and picked me up. We had an hour drive home and though I stretched it out and bent it periodically, it was already starting to stiffen a bit. We walked around when I got home and made sure to walk periodically. I was instructed to avoid any anti inflammatory medications, because the whole point is for it to heal through inflammation. I should apply heat over ice for discomfort and that I did. He recommended that I use topical arnica cream for the discomfort and slept pretty well. I did add a small pillow between my knees for comfort though. This morning, it’s kind of painful but I think after moving around a bit, it will feel better. I feel a little sick to my stomach though and wonder what that’s about.
I asked about the Covid vaccine and I guess I do have an auto immune disorder so he tells clients that if you fall into this group, and are required to have a vaccine in order to keep your job, the Johnson and Johnson one is the most traditional. I have had Covid but was asymptotic and have the antibodies for now. I think my bosses are OK with me for now.
Well, enough of my health. I asked yesterday whether you would subscribe to this blog if I didn’t remind you to read it on FB. The answers were interesting and I really appreciate those of you who subscribe directly through this site. For now, I’ll continue to post a link to the daily post via FB but every one who subscribes through this site matters. It costs you nothing but your eyes help offset my monthly fee through advertising. I know, I’m selfish asking you that. If you have any ideas of how to streamline your experience, please share.
For now, we have Dr. Dan coming to check on the alpacas. Dovis looks great and Flo is on the mend. Oia? She makes it difficult but if she’d just lay down her pride, we could get somewhere! I’ll have to be mindful not to move too quickly because of my knee.
In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.
Have a blessed day!