Thursday, March 5, 2015

March Forth

I got my marching orders from Dr. Tarlow on, appropriately, March 4th.  He feels the residual pain will soon subside as I continue exercise, therapy, and muscle-building. (Arnie is still kind of cranky; Lenny is pretty pain-free and strong.) And he was quite happy with the range of motion, strength, and the x-rays. And of course it still hurts: I just had knee surgery a few weeks ago. Stop whining. March forth.

The financial adventure continues to improve. Of the $160,000 that the initial Blue Cross statements seemed to indicate I will owe, it now looks a lot more like about $3000. I can live with that. But it is the most bizarre, arcane system I have ever been a part of. They are now sending me checks which I have to deposit and write checks to various entities--the Surgical Center, the Physician's Assistant, etc. I'd explain further but it's really kind of boring.

And if anyone wants to geek out on my before and after x-rays, here they are. The back view really shows why the pain was so annoying. Those interior contacts were really starting to do that pesky bone-on-bone thing. And the first two pairs of images really show the bow-legged to straight-legged transition.

Back view:

Front view:

Left leg:

Right leg:

Top view

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