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The doctor thinks I only have a sprain to my knee, so no extra testing for now. He gave me a knee brace, a 9 day supply of Celebrex for the swelling, and instructions to take it easy for a week or so. He also confirmed what I'd already discovered about my prostate readings, which is that my PSA test of 5.6 is just barely over the normal range and nothing to be all that concerned about; I'm officially putting any worries on that subject off until my urologist appointment on January 14.

Oddly, my knee hurts a little more now -- I suspect the swelling was actually padding the injury and masking the pain, a bit. I didn't stop to think that Celebrex isn't a pain reliever, so I need to go looking for my ibuprofen.

Better news: Emily got all A's in her most recent college semester -- 4.0 grade point average! Yay her! Smart girls are hot. ;-)

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keith5by5
Dec. 16th, 2009 08:55 am (UTC)
Congrats to Emily.

BTW: Did you know just over a decade ago you were meant to have PSA levels of 7 and below?

Personally I think it's a conspincary between the doctors and pharmicutacal industry (apologies for spelling).
ozma914
Dec. 17th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
Yes, I found out when I did my research that not only have the accepted levels changed, but experts still have different opinions on what those levels are. A conspiracy is as good an explanation as any!
keith5by5
Dec. 17th, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
Well if the levels five rather than seven, more people are going to need drugs to get it down to that level.

Ergo more sales for chemists.
petzipellepingo
Dec. 16th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)
Two good things and one not so much. Celebrex is an anti-inflammatory so yeah, you need a pain reliever.
ozma914
Dec. 17th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
Luckily for me, the pain has lessened considerably -- as long as I'm careful which way I turn my leg, and to not kneel down too much.
winsomeone
Dec. 16th, 2009 10:37 am (UTC)
Go Emily!

Glad to hear the knee is nothing too serious. Hey, now you've got a doctor's permission to sit around on the internet.
ozma914
Dec. 17th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
Exactly my thought! Although with Emily here we're going to sit around and catch up with TV and movie watching, instead. We're almost through S2 of Fringe, then time to finish up Firefly.
spankulert
Dec. 16th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your knee. At least it's an excuse to sit around and write all day, right?

And go Emily! Smarts are indeed sexy :D
ozma914
Dec. 17th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
Write or read -- or, in this case, watch TV with Emily. We've been on -- wait for it -- a Fringe binge.
spankulert
Dec. 17th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
:) Been waiting to do that myself, but I'm thinking I'll hold off until I've got two seasons worth.
ozma914
Dec. 17th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
Hopefully they'll get a full two seasons -- I've been hearing bad rumors that Fringe will be off the air during the next sweeps period in February. This bodes ill.
enigmaticblues
Dec. 16th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Woot! Good news all around!
ozma914
Dec. 17th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
Yep!
elizalavelle
Dec. 16th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Excellent! It's always good when the bad news really isn't all that bad :)

Congrats to Emily! Don't let that one get away :)
ozma914
Dec. 17th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
I'll tire her down if I have to!
cornerofmadness
Dec. 16th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
glad it's just a sprain and that the PSA levels are barely elevated (that would be far more worrying than a meniscal tear)

but no, do not take celebrex and ibuprofen together. celebrex IS a pain killer and they are both NSAID's. taking the two of them significantly raises the risk of kidney damage (more long term) and GI bleeds (can happen quickly). If the celebrex isn't helping and you get more relief with ibuprofen take that instead or pair celebrex with tylenol (which isn't an NSAID)
ozma914
Dec. 17th, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
Emily did the research -- and chewed me out for the very thought of taking the two of them together. :-) The pain was never really terrible (most of the time) and it's a lot better now, so it's all good.

Oddly, I was more concerned about the meniscal tear -- I just love walking too much. Never said I had my priorities straight ...
cornerofmadness
Dec. 17th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
well that's good

and pain in the knee is a tangible thing more so than a blood level that you might not even feel and can more easily distance yourself from
ozma914
Dec. 20th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
True enough ... also, it's the knee and back pain that cause the problem when I'm shoveling snow.
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ozma914
Dec. 17th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
No, the pain was never bad enough to require opiates -- and I'd rather avoid them when at all possible, what with my addictive personality. I'm already feeling better!
makd
Dec. 16th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to Emily!

Yes to the Ibuprofen - that's for the pain, yes, while the Celebrex is for the swelling, yes? Yes?

Hope all is well very soon. Painful knees are just ... really inconvenient as well as painful.....

Of course, the good news is now you have a great reason to relax in the recliner....
ozma914
Dec. 17th, 2009 06:10 am (UTC)
Turns out, no -- Celebrex and Ibuprofen have similar ingrediants, which means both at once amounts to an overdose. Tylenol is okay, though, and I'm already feeling better. Movie night tomorrow!
desdemonaspace
Dec. 16th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
Excellent, on both counts.
ozma914
Dec. 17th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
Isn't it, though? :-)
sp23
Dec. 16th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
Good that the knee is only sprained and doesn't require surgery. And yay for Emily's GPA.
ozma914
Dec. 17th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
Yes, two yays, but I'm keeping my guard up -- slipping and sliding season has only just begun.
sp23
Dec. 17th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, I'm with you there. The knee I twisted last summer is finally feeling much better, though not perfect. A good slip, and... I don't even want to think about it.
ozma914
Dec. 20th, 2009 07:38 am (UTC)
It wouldn't take much to screw up my back or knee again, so I'm with you on that.
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