I went to the Orthopedist yesterday and talked to him about my knee and shoulder. I’m satisfied that the shoulder is responding well to the Physical Therapy, and I can tell that the leg, hip, and thigh muscles have strengthened since I’ve been going to PT, but my knee still will not straighten all the way out, and getting up and down from a chair still is extremely painful. So, he’s put in a request with my insurance for the MRI, so we’ll both know what’s going on in there.
He did ask me if I wanted a Cortisone shot, and said it might give me relief for anywhere from a few days to a few months. The shot hurt something horrible going in, and the knee was awfully sore yesterday, but it’s not hurting now! It’s been so long since I could sit down without inwardly, or sometimes outwardly, groaning, that this is quite a pleasant change. I pray that I will be one of the ones to get long term relief with the shot. I’ve always had good success with epidurals lasting a long time, so I’m optimistic.
I did ask about going back for more PT, and his PA told me I needed to check with my insurance to see how many times they will authorize. She said I might want to keep some therapy sessions available, just in case I do end up having surgery. It’s a shame that insurance companies control decisions like this, not the doctors and therapists who know how much I need this. I have good insurance though, so I’ll be talking to them Monday to find out where I stand.
I had already decided before I got hurt taking care of Daddy that I would join a fitness “club” run by St. Vincent’s hospital in Birmingham after he died, but the knee put that on hold. They have a program where you pay for a complete evaluation of your physical condition and they supervise your exercise program, with quarterly checkups of your progress with a Physical Therapist. They have all kinds of equipment, a pool, and lots of different classes I can take. I’ve been chatting back and forth with Lynda of Pilates & Reiki in Paradise about possible nearby instructors suitable for a person with Parkinson’s, and oddly enough, this is the very Pilates class she suggested. Small world.
So, for the time being at least, I’m pain free, with plans for keeping it that way. We’re going on our usual Date Day today, and by the time I’ve been in and out of the car dozens of times today, I’ll know if I’m going to be one of the lucky one for whom Cortisone is a wonder drug. Wish me luck!!