Monday, April 12, 2010

Blew Out My Knee

Unhappy. Really unhappy.
After a long weekend at the market, I got home and took the dog to the dogpark. It was later and there were no other dogs there, so I was playing with Koko, chasing her - trying to get her to run around a bit. It had rained for about 3 minutes half an hour before and the grass was damp and slippery. I slipped. Found myself on the ground with a grass stain on my khakis, a bruise on my ass and my left leg sitting at an uncomfortable angle, in pain. After I got myself up and hobbled home (a few blocks), I elevated and iced. I probably tore my meniscus or maybe (hopefully) it's just a sprain. While sleeping was fitful and I woke up stiff and unable to straighten my leg, it's not swollen at all and I really don't think it's that bad. I've been icing all morning - frozen peas are great for this! - and gentle working my leg. My hobbling is much better right now! As I don't have insurance, I'm not rushing off to the doctor at this point, taking a bit of a wait-and-see attitude. I'm getting up and down the stairs ok (food, bed upstairs; computer, workbench downstairs), but I don't know if I'll be able to do the market and my bank account is beginning to scream in pain too...
Sorry Koko, dog walks are on hold for a while too.


Amanda said...

Oh no! I hope this is nothing serious. Have you considered getting accident-only ("catastrophic") insurance for instances like this? Sean and I have it, and it's only $88/mo for the two of us with a $0 deductible, which also includes vision. I got us hooked up through NASE (National Association for the Self-Employed), and I didn't have to join their group or anything.

I'm working on getting us some primary care through the same provider, but for now, I'm glad we have this. It doesn't help for all ER visits, like appendicitis wouldn't be covered, but a knew injury totally would.

Feel better soon!!

Leah said...

oh no!