|My last visit to my orthopedic surgeon (I hope)|
This morning I had my last doctor's visit for awhile. The past few months have been a spat of doctor's visits and quite frankly, it was becoming a bit tiresome. However, I know that it is necessary to see my doctors to keep this old chassis going.
|Filling our my Wellness sheet this morning at my orthopedic doctor's office - way to get the day started off right - I was the first patient (8:00 AM appointment)|
Last Friday I visited my dermatologist. For the first time in a couple years I got clean bill of health. No burning off bits of my skin and leaving his office looking like someone was torturing me with cigarette burns.
A couple of weeks ago I visited my main doctor at the VA and got the good news that my prostate cancer is effectively gone or at least in remission. My PSA level was down to .3 which is fabulous. This probably means I'll die of something else instead of prostate cancer. Of course I will die of something else, hopefully deathbed scene is still a long time away.
This morning I visited my orthopedic surgeon doctor. The doctor who reattached my quadricep muscle on my left leg so I could walk again. And walking I am, hallelujah!!!!!
I just cannot tell you how thankful I am to be walking again. Amen and AMEN!
But all is not well in Ron's World. Even though my leg has healed very well, I still have trouble walking. I can't walk like I used to which concerns me, because walking was always one of my strengths. I'm especially concerned because tomorrow I'm taking a bus to Philadelphia (one of those "Old People Excursions") for a Day In Philly. All the years I lived in Philly I could walk anywhere. These days, my walking is somewhat limited. I have to husband my strength.
The problem is a soreness in my lower back. I've had it for years. At first I thought I was having hip problems but that's not it.
After I got the good news from my doctor this morning that my injured leg was well back to it's normal use, I brought up my "walking" problem.
He said I probably had spinal stenosis. After all I am approaching Crypt Keeper status; i.e. I am old. Next month I'll be 74 (how did THAT happen)?
He asked if I wanted an X-ray taken. I said "Sure!"
The X-Ray showed a white cloudy area at the base of my spine? That's arthritis folks. Old man here.
He said I could have cortisone shots if the pain was too great (it isn't, I've learned to live with the stiffness and soreness). He also said "Some people have an operation and then, most don't" Count me in the latter category, thank you. No one is operating on my spine . . . . thank you again.
He did give me a sheet of paper showing me what exercises I could do to slow down the progression of me falling apart with "Arthur Ritis" as we call this malady around here (Bill has arthritis too).
So I'm off to my Day in Philly tomorrow folks. Have to get up REAL early (4:30 AM) to catch my 7:00 AM bus out of Georgetown from the Sussex County Community College campus for the 2 1/ 2 hour ride to Philadelphia.
I wonder if they'll have as big a reception for me as Philly had for Pope Francis. One thing I know for sure, I won't be having a private meeting with Kim Davis.
|Kim Davis, religious hypocrite and bigot|