Today was all about tendons, muscles and ligaments. It started with a trip to Boston to the top shoulder repairman at MGH. After waiting for nearly 2 hours we got to see a brief glimpse of his majesty. It was billed as a pre-op visit but it was essentially a repeat of a previous visit: the same questions, the same demos. We wondered for what purpose we had driven all the way into the city other than providing billable time to the doctor and his assistant and overhead for an enormous supporting cast. One does get cynical about these things.

Surgery is scheduled for June 14, one day before our trip to the Cirque de Soleil (also in Boston). I bought four pricey seats – mostly a fundraiser for a great food growing program in Lynn. We may need to find a replacement for Axel.

The doctor asked if we had a recliner. We used to. We stupidly gave it away, not realizing that we’d need it again. It is the chair I lived in after my rotator cuff surgery for several days.

The trip to MGH took the whole morning. In the afternoon I had shoulder physical therapy. I walked from home, something I realized I can’t do at the moment. While my shoulder was warming up I asked for an icepack for my ankle which is still inflamed – the cortisone shot did little to relieve the swelling and the pain.

In the evening we went to a lecture about ankle and knee problems given by two orthopedes from MGH. I have made an appointment with the top ankle doctor from MGH for a second opinion, or rather the question, what will help me walk without pain again?

The lectures were excellent and I (re) learned a few things I already knew, but the illustrations of torn ligaments and tendon tears where quite compelling: if it hurts don’t do it; stretch and warm up and keep the joints moving. MGH gave us a light box lunch by way of dinner (the talk was after all from 6 to 8PM) and a (non alcoholic) drink exchange for this very educational infomercial. We noticed the competing hospital is now putting on a similar series. I image there are enough ankle and knee injuries to keep all the north shore orthopedes in business for years to come.

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