It's been just over 3 years since I broke my ankle investigating a black cat in a ditch.
A few weeks later, in a cast and on crutches, I wrote a poem and shared some photos. :-D
A year later I found inspiration to write a new poem and share some photos.
No poem, this time, just a medical update. :-D
So much has happened, since that last poem, and now I've taken the initiative to get an update on the ankle and on the sore knees that have more recently cropped up since re-locating to Houston almost 2 years ago.
I am grateful:
1. For my friends, old and new and the help, advice, and encouragement I've received from them.
2. For the excellent medical care I've received for the issues in my eyes, that cropped up a few months after my move to Houston, especially the cancer in the right eye.
3. To Wal-Mart for hiring me to my first job, since the end of Summer 2010, when no one else would despite several great interviews since coming to Houston.
4. My Cats, Elvira and Sneakers , are in my life, and provide creative muses and will forever miss my original muse, Mr. Nikita.
5. I am able to think, write, and create, and have seen this talent lead to guest posts, being published and even paid for my writing. These accomplishments , though small compared to others, are major ones for me.
6. My ankle, though painful, is still doing the job.
I set up an appointment with a specialist in the Quentin Mease Hospital Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinic, here in Houston (Thank God for $10 co-pays!).
When I saw it was 15 min. I was worried it would be nothing more than a short chat and a quick feel.
It turned out to be 2 hours.
I told the doc and her assistant, who also looked up my medical records, about my "Fractured Ankle Trimalleolar with dislocated joint", the treatment and physical therapy in SoCal., the pins and screws still inside the leg and ankle and how surgery to remove them had not been recommended due to a broken screw.
I told them that I had Early Onset Arthritis in the ankle and hips, and that pain in my knees had joined the party in the past year.
I admitted that, with all the things going on in my life (medical and income concerns) I'd gotten away from the band exercises (still have the bands and exercise instructions) I'd been doing in SoCal and could not afford a gym membership to do a list of exercises to build up body and muscle strength (still have the list and instructions).
They were pleased I walk a lot and am a bicyclist, as exercise helps with re-establishing flexibility.
They examined my leg, ankle and knees as I "pranced" around the room and stooped up and down so they could see my range of movement and understand why I feel knee pain when getting up and down and dealing with steps and being on my feet for long periods.
The first thing decided was that I should get back on the band exercises 3 times a week, then I went to radiology to get x-rays of the ankle and bilateral x-rays of both knees.
They said my choice of shoes was a good one, though they think I may need special therapeutic shoes at some point, and I should get a new pair as soon as I can afford to do so (current pair is falling apart).
I will return to see the docs the day before Halloween.