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. Left side is before, right side is after. 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.