Jim was able to work out a great deal with the bank to attach this loan on our existing loan for our van which is almost paid off. They lowered the interest rate to about 3.5% from 5.3% and it dropped our monthly car payment by $10.00. So we will have two cars, one payment less than it was yesterday. That's a pretty good deal and the only way we could have done this. This is a Toyota Corolla and it's in really good shape. The only problem with this car is that it is a stick shift and the clutch is pretty tight. That means that it hurts my knees like the devil to use that clutch. Hopefully after surgery the knees won't mind. I will be driving this to work and Jim will use the van to haul Ammon, pigeons and other junk around.
That's the good news. The scary news is that I finally scheduled knee surgery for Nov. 15. I will only have the left one done this time. I could do both at once but the doctor is worried about my cholesterol count and the constant leg cramps I get at night. He had me set up an appointment to see a vascular surgeon to make sure there is no blockage in either leg which could possibly cause
the night cramps. He also had me get a blood sample to check on my electrolytes. If those are low, then the leg cramps will be an easy fix. It's possible that the knee surgery will be postponed if there are other problems with the blood vessles and arteries. I won't know that until my appointment in August. But for now, the holiday season will be spent recovering. I chose that date because I will need all the extra holiday hours at work to help me get through until I can go back to work, hopefully by January 2nd. I will have a total knee replacement on both knees. The left one this year and the right one after I have enough sick and vacation time built up to get that one done.
I'm pretty horrified about this whole thing but I always feel very unsteady on my legs now and it's a good possiblity that the knees could just give out and I'll fall. It needs to be done. Dr. Wallentine said, "You must be a really tough person because I've never had a patient like you before." I asked him what he meant and he said, "I have never had a patient come in for the first time when the knees are completely gone and bad. They usually come in as it begins to deteriorate. I didn't even see you until they were really bad. And they are both really bad." That statement gives me a little courage that I will be tough enough to battle through this.
Of course, I will always have Ammon to sit beside me and give me his bit of courage. That will go a long way. He is my hero. If he can go through what he has so many times in his life, I can go through this. I'll feel like a spring chicken when it's all over.