A week ago, I was feeling really good --I could walk around the house without my cane, my exercises were going very well, I had gone grocery shopping (grocery carts make great walkers, so it's a good way to walk with support). Then, last Saturday, I started having pain in my right knee (the same side as the newest hip) that was so sharp my knee wouldn't support me. We all get weird pains like that once in a while (right? right??) so I used my cane and figured it would go away. It was only a problem for walking --I could still do all my PT exercises. Then, on Sunday I developed pain in a tooth that has long had a deep filling and sometimes gets bruised if I crunch down on that side. I figured I'd bruised it again, stopped chewing anything difficult, and waited for it to get better.
On Monday, I was doing my PT exercises, but when I started to stand up from the floor, using a chair and my arms to help, the muscle on the top of my thigh felt like it ripped in half. I rearranged my legs and managed to get myself to a standing position, but I now can't use that muscle to raise my leg. I iced it immediately, but it's going to take a while to heal.
The tooth pain didn't get better. It got so bad that it took pretty amazing amounts of Tylenol (the only pain med I could take) to make it even bearable. Earlier we had decided that Tuesday would work in our schedules for car-shopping, something that was necessary since the Corolla was just too low for me to comfortably drive. So, with half my face throbbing and leaning heavily on my cane because of my knee and thigh muscle, I made it through Tuesday and ended up with a new car. It should have been a fun day, but I was too distracted from the pain.
Weds morning I got in to see my dentist, and an hour later had scheduled an emergency root canal for that afternoon. I also had a prescription for a 7 day dose of antibiotics, plus a prescription for a 4-pill dose before each dental procedure (2 for the root canal and then one more for the crown).
The dentist who did the root canal said "yeah, you have a pretty good infection going here" as he was working away. He also asked if I'd been experiencing any pain in my hip, since the systemic inflammation associated with the infection could be affecting other joints. Um, what about a knee?
So, even though I am now driving this:
And it has more bells and whistles than I ever dreamed of (it would have been a long wait for my first choice color (alien green) so they offered a slight upgrade for the same price), it was not a good week. Here's hoping that as the infection subsides, the knee pain will also subside and I can get back to working on becoming fully operational again!