What a week! Tuesday I started Aquatic physical therapy. Well actually I went for an evaluation and some exercises that I could do while sitting at my computer or sewing table. Of course not while sewing since I need the right foot for the machine pedal.. The folks were really nice. Before leaving they placed electrode pads on my knee and a heating pad for 10 minutes. Felt kinda good.
So the change from Eliquis to Xarelto has been good so far. Did find out that my freedom to drink wine or any alcohol when I pleased is over. I will only be able to drink 1 glass of wine or hard liquor per day. Which is no big deal since I don't drink every day or week. Only during my time in April while with Pamela in Fredericksburg for our annual Mother-Daughter trip. So if I don't have a drink one day, It doesn't mean I can have 2 the next. LOL One tasting will equal a glass. I always look forward to Hill Country Distillers for drinks. Well dang. Oh well, I'll survive. I'll just have to pick and choose which winery I'll drink my glass each day. LOL Such is life. Crossing my fingers that I have no side affects from Xarelto.
Wednesday (2/10) I went to see a Pain Management doctor in the Woodlands that my Orthopedic doctor referred me too. Pamela kept me company. I managed to get the street number wrong and the street name right which might have stressed me out a little. Got to the appointment to be asked to fill out a questionnaire only it wasn't easy. Hard to explain. For example it asked if I had had any prior knee surgeries. My answer was Yes on both in different years but I couldn't enter both knees or dates. Let's just say it was irritating. It asked what was the onset date but didn't allow me to answer with a date other than the current date. Finally went back and waited for the doctor. Doctor came in and proceeded to tell me they were going to try nerve diagnostic injections. They shoot 4 injections into my right knee. I'll get 4-6 hours of relief from pain if they hit the right area. I'm to report back the results then I'll go back in 2 weeks for 4 more injections. Sounds fun. Not. Hopefully they'll be able to determine what nerves to hit. Another 2 weeks later and I'll go back to evaluate my options. Which will possible be an ablation. Where they cauterize the appropriate nerve endings (as an outpatient under mild sedation) that is telling my brain I'm in pain. That should stop the messages to my brain and I'll pain relief for up to last for a year. Hopefully somewhere after the ablation and before that year is up I'll get a knee replacement. But Who knows.
After that appointment Pamela and I went to visit my Mom and Joe for a while. It proved to be one of the nicest visits we've had since her dementia kicked in. She was more alert to things going on. She would still get confused about things being said or done but she was alert. Normally she's more quiet and not very talkative. This time she got to laughing a couple of different times. It was great hearing her laugh. I've missed that laugh. It was getting late so we had to leave and head back to Pamela's place. I was staying with her since I had another PT visit.
Thursday (2/11) this time they put me in the water. While it didn't hurt too much at the time, it was a different story later.
I was on the phone talking to my friend Denise telling her I wouldn't be at the book club meeting this evening because of the weather and my knee. I didn't want to chance the roads to drive to Houston and back for a book club meeting. I was telling her how cold it was when I pulled up to the mailbox and noticed the icicles. Oh yeah it's cold out here. Beside my knee was starting to really hurt. Crazy crazy!
We had dinner and by 7pm, I took a pain killer and went to bed.
Holy shit. The brings a whole new meaning to Green Eggs and Ham.
Oh and it did stink. I started over and the rest of the eggs were fine.
Valentines Day arrived. We had a western omelet (all the eggs were fine) for breakfast, lunch snack was a blueberry muffin and for dinner David made a pork butt carnitas for tacos. I made my Spanish rice for a side. It was all very tasty. And should I mention it was still very cold and icy out.David goes out to feed the cows and donkey. While there he's tried to break up the ice in the water trough. I think the ice won. They still have the pond to drink from.