Well, he did it again. This time I think he decided to leave his head and toes alone and just concentrate on his knee. Left knee to be exact.
Two weeks ago Joe was climbing in a truck via the step assembly. He was on the top step with one final step in the cab before seating himself. For some reason he turned his body to the right leaving his left knee planted straight. He heard a pop and felt instant searing pain shoot up his leg.
Since then we have managed to muddle along with him limping and wincing. Sleeping at night has been a real bust for him. He can’t find a good position to put his knee to stop the throbbing. Just as the pain finally subsides and he falls asleep it is time to get up and start another day.
The knee hasn’t swollen, nor has it turned black and blue. We iced it at the hotel that night then applied a…..wait for it…..HEAT WRAP. Yes indeed, I did subject that man to my evil ministrations with a Therma-Care Heat Wrap for the knee.
Over the next week we alternated the heat and cold in the hotel room at night with moderate results. He’s been in quite a lot of pain and medicating with his prescription of Tramadol for his arthritis – which has been of some help.
In Meridian, Mississippi we stopped at a Wal-Mart to get his prescription filled for the Tramadol. I did not know this was a controlled substance. The Wal-Mart pharmacist would not fill this prescription for us since it originated in Oklahoma. That was when I found it to be a “controlled substance”. Go figure. We may have to have this prescription submitted to Walgreens for our future travels.
While in the Wal-Mart in Meridian I scoured the shelves for knee braces and more heat wraps. I left the store with a knee brace with velcro closures which he has had enough success with – at least in walking and standing for long periods of time. I found an elastic knee brace and he swore it was too small to even try it on to see if it would fit. Another item I found was promoted for runners and joggers. A velcro band that goes around the base of the knee to support the knee cap. Joe liked this one….for about an hour. After which he complained that it was cutting off the circulation to his leg.
Now we are home, he has a comfy recliner to raise and rest his leg. Take the strain off the joint. Does he want to go see a doctor and have it poked, prodded, x-rayed, scanned, and other forms of spindling and mutilation?
No! He’s just fine thank you very much!
Yikes! Leave the man alone.
He’s back in his room playing solitaire on his computer. Sitting in a, once very comfortable, padded office chair. I can hear him wincing and yelping all the way in the living room.
He has his prescription filled and has taken some of the meds. I’ll just wait until I hear my name called to come help him in one fashion or another. Hard headed German.
I went to the mail box this afternoon to pick up our ginormous stack of mail. While sorting through I had a start. A letter from the Arkansas State Police. Addressed to ME! What had I done? Guilty conscience I guess.
What I found inside the envelope brought a smile to my face. Remember when Joe was taken to the hospital in Arkadelphia, Arkansas by ambulance? I found some Thank You cards on the way to Wilmer, Texas and mailed one to each of the officers that helped us out, their supervisors at the police departments, and I also sent cards to the ambulance drivers.
Here is what I received from the Arkansas State Police.
Frankly, I forgot about the entire incident. So much other stuff has happened between that time and this that I had put it out of my mind. It was nice to know the cards were received by the recipients and I hope that they feel appreciated. I certainly appreciated the help they gave us on that frightening day.
I will get some time to play in my craft room over the next couple days. I’m going to concentrate on making “Thank You” cards to keep a batch of them with me. One never knows when they will be needed.
Have a great evening everyone. I think I need a nap now.