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Metolius River Hike, And Doctor visits

Thursday, June 18, 2020

I have been doing physical therapy for my pulled hamstring. On Thursday, the PT noticed that my left leg was swollen. When I was home that evening, I noticed there was a large lump behind my knee. I was very nervous, because I was afraid it might be a blood clot swelling my leg. I got into see my doctor the next morning, and she sent me for a ultrasound. The radiologist determined it was a Baker’s cyst caused by my arthritis (the cyst is caused by the synovial lubricating fluid leaking out from the knee joint)..

I saw my orthopedic surgeon yesterday, and I was very relieved. I thought I might need an immediate need surgery. Instead, he gave me steroid injections, which will help me with the pain and irritation in my knees; and he said it would also help alleviate the Baker’s cyst.

It was very interesting having so many medical appointments during this time of pandemic. All of them screened me for Covid symptoms; three of the four appointments checked my temperature; all required wearing masks. I am grateful that I was treated so quickly and so well.

Today I celebrated with a short hike to one of my favorite places, the Metolius river. ThIs wilderness trail was not crowded. The river is beautiful.



I love the section where an underground spring joins the river,





Wildflowers were in bloom.

Orange Honeysuckle



Rose



Lupine



Arrow leaf balsamroot



Columbine



On the way home, I stopped to admire the fresh snow on the Three Sisters mountains.





I have been home more than usual, due to a bad allergy season, leg injury, and arthritis. I hope to gradually increase my hiking distance and speed, so I can keep up with my friends. Walking is good for arthritis, but I have to go slowly and not overdo it. Being outdoors in beautiful surroundings brings me great joy.

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