aka - "The glass is half full"
I managed to score an appt with my orthopedic doctor for this afternoon. I have no idea how I got in so quickly. Last year I had to wait a good 6 weeks to get an appt. For that matter, I was in and out of x-ray in 10 minutes (they had planned for a full hour) and the doctor saw me right away after that.
The good news is that my knee issue is pretty much the same problem that I've always had. It's a chronic condition that will need ongoing treatment. For some reason this last round only lasted 6-7 months. But it's not because something new is going on. And that is a good thing. And as he reminded me, being able to achieve 6-7 months free of knee pain with a chronic condition is considered success even for folks with average activity levels. I sometimes forget that I'm asking my body to do more than 'average'.
The not so good news is the timing. The plan is to repeat the series of three Euflexxa injections beginning week after next. Then I need ~6 weeks recovery time. That takes me to the end of April/beginning of May. And what is on May 1? The run for the zoo half-marathon.
This means that there will be no Run for the Zoo Half Marathon for me (hence no gnus). In fact there will be no spring races at all. But, I should be good to go for summer/fall. All things considered, I'm pleased to have a relatively unobtrusive treatment option (the good news). And the sooner I get started, the sooner I get back on my feet.