Tuesday morning, I went to Grand View Outpatient Center for x-rays and to Upper Bucks Orthopedics for the first of three Synvisc shots into my right knee. This is the second round of these shots. They last about six months. I have no cartilage left in my right knee joint. I was back to limping and the knee was also hurting, but I hardly noticed that with the back pain.
Later that evening, I was in extreme discomfort and was running a fever of about 103. I called the doctor’s answering service. My doctor called me back and told me to go to the emergency room. Bethann & I arrived at the ER just after 8 PM. They took vials and vials of blood and wheeled me down the hall for more x-rays; then wheeled me back. They poked and prodded, hemmed and hawed and basically told me I was sick, but they had no clue what of. Fr. Noah visited us and prayed and anointed me in the ER room. They kept us there until 2 AM. I kept telling Bethann to go home, since she had to get up for work the next day. I told her I would hitchhike home. She told me that no one would pick me up all disheveled with a pained grimace on my face. So she waited.