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Subject:From Nintendo 3DS On June 30TH, 2012
Time:02:02 am
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Yesterday I had my second physiotherapy appointment. The day before I had my appointment with my doctor-doctor about seeing about an MRI and to get my depo' injection. Well I learned that it's up to a specialist to refer me for that sort of MRI, so he is referring me to Dr. Clark(e?)--an orthopedic surgeon. Which is good, though it means more running around, because if it is my meniscus, or a foreign body I'll need to see him anyway. My doctor also asked me if I had a boyfriend, and kept suggesting that I join the armed forces -_______-

Anyway; at physiotherapy, Patrick-who-is-not-a-doctor-Young (who I also went to school with) decided to try a machine that runs electricity through my knee to try to at least bring the swelling down. After all besides exercises & tests, my treatment currently is more symptomatic instead of curative until there is a more positive & definitive diagnosis.

So for 25 minutes I was hooked-up to this apparatus:
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The device is dual-purpose in that it also is an ultrasound, but for me it was just going to be used for it's main duty for conductance. The device has 4 suction cups with electrodes that wet sponges are placed inside. Then the positive & negative parts are placed across from each other on the joint. Once it's turned-on, the electrodes create a vibranting & tingling sensation that grows stronger ad the power is increased. I was at 15 for a bit, and then 17, but eventually 16 was decided as the level that felt strong but was not uncomfortable.

Here it is on my left knee, before Patrick placed a bag of ice under/behind said knee:
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Here is a closer look at the device's control panel:
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And here is my knee after, showing the suction cup marks:
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But though I had suction cup marks, the swelling was almost completely gone, and mobility was better for the other tests Patrick did. My left knee was actually smaller looking than my right knee for a bit. I actually probably could have watched the swelling go down! Though during it I uploaded these pictures to Facebook then played more 999 to try to stay awake.

The physiotherapy cubicles(?) are actually really peaceful. Each area is divided-off with peach-coloured curtain partitions, and the light for them comes from the windows along the wall instead of from harsher florescent lights. The windows are also covered by frosted glass or blinds so the light is a soft light. The beds are in the centre of each, but are more a mix of a massage table & the hospital beds they use at clinics/outpatients than something comfortable though. But they do give a hospital pillow.

After the device I learned more exercises (which I couldn't be assed to do before I got into bed tonight ^^), and was given a sort of rubber strip to be used with some. I also probably should invest in a 5 pound ankle weight to also use with some of them.

I also uploaded a 15 second video of the device operating to try to capture the loud noise it makes, but I cannot watch it with my Nintendo 3DS so I don't know if it did. The link for it is HERE → { http://twitpic.com/a1ww0u }. ...It's been ages since I've taken a video with my RAZR...

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I found being there somewhat amusing given that the current area I am on in "9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors" is Door 7 which is an Operating Room. The place has medical mannequins and physiotherapy has several medical mannequins about. Well I find medical mannequins amusing anyway because of Hiroshi-kun from "Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge"... Actually the electricity remonded me of Door 8 with the mannequin there--though there was no fire with this! D: D: D: ...I am really loving the interaction between Seven & Clover by the way. And I'm getting to know Clover better here too. Seven's trains of thought are hilarious too. Well some of the things Junpei says or thinks on really make me laaaaaaugh. Funyarinpa!~ (And oh *gah* at John & Lucy)

After I got done my mom stopped for ice-cream:
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My favourite flavour of ice-cream is Moon Mist. And my favourite way to get hard ice-cream at Avery's is to get a regular size which is 1 1/2 scoops, and get the full scoop of Moon Mist, and the half scoop of Cotton Candy. I've probably got 5 or 6 pictures of that combination on my Facebook.

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I also FINALLY got a new table fan. I used to have one but it was from the 1980's or early 1990's (all brown & cream schemed even), and it started getting hot while in use. In 2010 I used it for about an hour at a time, but last summer I didn't use it because I feared it had become a fire hazard, and only kept it to help dry the occasional floor. Atlantic Superstore had fans & summer stuff the last time I went there, and I almost bought one but decided to wait until my birthday. Well they were on sale for $13.97 when I went in next so yeeeeeeeah~ I shall not have a repeat of last year's Summer Without A Fan! :T

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I also tried to upload a picture of it in all its cooling glory HERE → { http://twitpic.com/a1ysih } but my RAZR has been a jerk with MMS messages lately so it might not have sent right.
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aureliamorgan
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Time:2012-07-02 11:38 am (UTC)
I was hoping your knee would be better, I'm glad the swelling went down! :D It's great to hear... but your doctor is a weird person, asking you about stuff... XD
Hopefully, things continue to go well. ♥
(Also: Awesome ice cream cone. ...I haven't eaten these in forever, we always have these machine-prepared instant ice cream in a box... things... you know, the ones you buy at the supermarket. XD)
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lady_noremon
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Time:2012-07-09 09:51 pm (UTC)
With hope something more permanent can be done though! My doctor had been my doctor since I was little so I guess he is a family friend as well.

(Ice-cream bars? Like in the Popsicle section? I'm not big on ice-cream, so the about twice a month I have it is good :} I like fudgesicles though!)
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aureliamorgan
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Time:2012-07-10 03:34 pm (UTC)
That's a good sign, I think... he knows you well, so he can help. :>

(More like ice cream cones, Cornetto stuff, but ice cream bars are cool, too. Especially the half-waffle-half vanilla-covered-with-chocolate things...)
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alchemy_hisoka
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Time:2012-07-11 01:09 am (UTC)
I'm glad the electrotherapy seems to work and is covered by your insurance. Will you have to go back for them regularly, or is it more something to schedule whenever your knee is particularly bad? It's unfortunate they can't do more for you knee, but at least it sounds like a fairly positive experience and a nice place.

That ice cream looks delicious and very colourful. Purple with green swirls keeps making me think it's grape with peppermint, which would be . . . not the best combination. But it looks cool.

It's amazing how much difference a fan can make in the summer, even if it's not as strong as an AC. We've had warm weather here, though this week's felt fairly seasonal; I'm more concerned with our rainfall, though, as we're ~3" below average and haven't had any decent rain in over two weeks.
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lady_noremon
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Time:2012-07-18 07:11 am (UTC)
It's covered because it is in a hospital, I have no idea if I will need surgery or such on it if it will be covered. I know even just going to see a specialist about my jaw isn't though -_- Like not even the examination/X-rays. Something about it being considered elective/cosmetic, which I think is very, very lame. As for if I'll need more of it: I don't know. I had another run of it last week, and it didn't have as good of results, and I ended-up feeling an odd semi-painful pressure after. But Patrick had also somehow double booked himself, so one of the other physiotherapists hooked it up, and she tried a different solution on the sponges, so that may be a part of it.--I only could stand up to setting 12 with it, in any case. Next week (the 24TH) I have an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon, so with hope he'll know more/refer me for that MRI! I'm just glad to finally be getting it more closely looked at than I have in the past.

I think you've mentioned that before XD And we've had a conversation about Moon Mist before. Anyyway; Moon Mist is banana, grape, & lime, but really just tastes sweet with a hint of banana. Purple is a lovely colour :P

I am really glad I got it when I did, as right after we entered that same heat wave as the east coast of America. We also really, really need rain up here too. Last year we had so much rain (and I remember you did too D: --How did Jack's make-out?), but here it has only sprinkled a few times since May, and we are borderline in a drought (burning bans, water advisories, etc.). The Annapolis Valley relies on agriculture, so it is very worrying. I also have really be wanting to go swimming.
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alchemy_hisoka
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Time:2012-07-21 03:47 pm (UTC)
Not being able to have work done on your jaw due to it being considered elective/cosmetic is, indeed, frustrating. I'm sorry to hear the second session didn't turn out as well; I wonder if part of the reason it felt so good the first time was that it was the first treatment you'd had done to your knee in a while. I hope your appointment with the surgeon goes well and you're able to get what you need done.

I do remember talking about Moon Mist before. XD And yes, purple is a wonderful colour.

Jumpin' Jacks is open again this summer. I assume they had to do quite a bit of repair work during the spring, but I haven't been there this season yet.

We've had a little rain since my first comment, including a couple of short (~5-20 minutes) thunderstorms. The first rain in two-plus weeks felt glorious -- I stood outside and soaked myself.

I've been watering my small patch of flowers with a full pitcher of water every other night. (It seems to have worked; I had my first flower bloom today [a pinkish bachelor button].) We're still about 3" below normal, but it's not as bad as other parts in the US. The last news story I saw stated that 60% of the US was under drought conditions, and it was particularly bad in parts of the south. Lots of damage to corn crops.

On the other hand, out weather's been a bit cooler recently -- I haven't even needed a fan on the past two nights.

Although our local pond was open for swimming earlier in the summer (Collins Lake, next to the park we ate sushi ate), the officials actually closed it off for the rest of the year; they said the water was too cloudy and murky due to last year's flooding that it was hazardous in that lifeguards might not be able to see swimmers needing help.

If this year continues to be the polar opposite of last year, this winter will be terrible with tons of snow.
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lady_noremon
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Time:2012-07-30 02:14 am (UTC)
I had a 3RD run of it on Tuesday (24TH), and Patrick used the other sponge solution, and worked on calibrating it (making sure all connections felt the same, and whut-not), and it felt alright this time. As for my appointment with the surgeon, that did not go well :/ He was very rough/short talking to the point of being borderline rude. And he didn't really even examine my knee. And he asked if I was employed (due to workman's compensation procedures), and once he learned I wadn't he seemed to look down his nose at me. He even said something like "Well what do you think you can about it without a job?" when I asked about the MRI & concerns about surgery. And there must be a note in my medical files as he asked me about why my mom stopped being my legal guardian when I was a minor. So basically I was very much in a terrible mood when I got done there. He did send a referal off for an MRI though, since the physiotherapists & my doctor-doctor recommended it. I think if I ever do need surgery, that I will ask to see surgeons in Halifax instead -_-

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It's my favourite colour~ Though going by my purse/wallet/change purse/cosmetic bag/knapsack/card holder/etc. one would think my favourite colour was green XD

I am glad they reopened! That flood looked like it could have ended it, though I wonder if they had any insurance. Some places here can't get flood insurance due to being near the river.

It's rained 3 times since my comment, though here in Bridgetown didn't get very much compared to New Minas & Kentville where I was on 2 of the days. It really did feel lovely though~

Are you going to take pictures of your horticultural foray? :D I've got lillium(sp?) out now (those big pink lillies), but I've still not gotten all the grass cleared-out yet.

It's been cooler here too, though Nova Scotia is humid so it's still muggy feeling.

Ahh. The pool up in the village where Matt (Doucet) lives is holding free swims on Fridays now, so I might head there this week. I don't care to swim in the pool that is town here since it isn't very clean, and I still fear being picked-at about my weight/hairy legs/stretch marks even after all this time. Then again a few of the people I went to school with still live here, so it isn't an unfounded fear :/

I really don't like cold weather, and I also don't like hot either! So there will probably be a ton of snow :[
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