Incompetent MD (further to be referenced as IMD): What's going on?
Me: I'm having a pain in my right knee.
IMD: Did you do something to injure it?
IMD: What happened then, that it started hurting?
Me: I run a lot. Usually 35 or more miles per week, almost every day. I sometimes have pain in various places and just ignore it. I ran an ultra-marathon last weekend. I was able to hike the two days following the ultra and ran the third day. I can't really say anything in particular made it start hurting. I just started having bad pain Wednesday.
IMD: How long was the ultra?
Me: 31.2 miles
IMD: Isn't that longer than a marathon?
Me: Yes it is. That's why it's called an "ultra".
IMD: Did you twist it during the marathon?
Me: During the ultra-marathon? No, I didn't twist it.
IMD: Did you hit it on something?
Me: No. It has been suggested to me that perhaps it is my MCL?
IMD: Okay. Lay back on the table.
I lay down and she pulls out a tray for my legs to be able to extend fully. She does some movements with my knee to see which positions hurt. None of it hurts.
Me: It's not that knee that is hurting.
IMD: Oh, you said it was your right knee.
Me: It is. You are moving my left knee.
IMD: Oh, I am. That's MY right. (giggle, giggle, giggle)
Me: Um, yeah.....
She starts twisting my right knee and bending it to make it hurt. She asks me to bend my knee and put my foot flat on the tray. She proceeds to SIT on my foot and push my leg inward. This woman is pregnant and sitting on my foot which is still not feeling perfect since I sprained it a little over a month ago.
IMD: It hurts there?
Me: My foot hurts! I sprained that ankle a little while ago.
IMD: I think we should refer you to an Orthopedist.
Me: Mmm huh.
IMD: Let's get X-rays to rule out a bone injury.
Me: Let's not waste time and money on an X-ray. The Ortho will probably want an MRI since it is a soft tissue problem, not a bone.
IMD: You're probably right.
I have an appointment with an Orthopedist on Wednesday afternoon.
Now onto bigger, better news! Remember this guy????
Hal Koerner and myself at Miwok 100K in MayWell, here he is this past Saturday. He won the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. He completed the race in 16:24:55. Let's hear it for the man!!!
I was watching a handful of runners over the weekend, via my computer, competing in this most difficult race. Congratulations to everyone who stuck it out and crossed the finish line. I don't care how damn long it took you. YOU DID IT! The temperatures were blazing and the competition was fierce this year. You all should be very proud.