For the past number of years, I have known where I was headed. My knee was shot. I knew it was, but I also hoped I was wrong. Two weeks ago it popped and caused awful pain. I couldn't ignore it any longer. So, I called an orthopedists office, and they got me in this past Friday. I made it the two weeks well enough. It hurts, but I can tolerate it. I thought about cancelling the appointment, but J wouldn't let me, and I did know that it was necessary to go. They did a set of xrays when I got there to see what was going on. When the doctor walked in, went through a brief history that comprised of "you've been through a lot", and "I'm not going to sugar coat this". The original condition I had, which was osteochodritis dissecans is still there, but is pointless to even consider doing anything with. It's such a minor piece of the puzzle now, that we are just ignoring it. We found where the rheumatoid arthritis has been happily living. The doc also found osteoarthritis in that same knee. Double whammy with the degenerative conditions. He told me there is nothing we can do right now. The only treatment option is a knee replacement, but given my age, I am still too young. At this stage I would have the first at 40, second around 55, and then amputation by 70. No doctor wants to do that. So, we'll wait it out. He said I might have two years left, but we could be surprised and maybe I'll get 10 years out of it. So we'll begin to plan for all of this. Once I get to a point of having the replacement I'll be happy as a clam for a while. But, it's getting to that point that is going to be difficult. There are questions of how long do I wait this out. How do I extend the life of the knee as far as possible? Is there anything I can do to help it's life? The first step is exercising again. I haven't done much the last couple weeks because of the pain, but the doc gave me the all clear. And any exercise will be good for the knee. Other than that, who knows. So we know what I am dealing with, but we have no idea of time frames. In the meantime, I am still knitting and crafting. My craft room has been completed, and I have been decorating in there. 🙂 Music corner: Dress fabrication area and storage: Desk: Closet storage (this will have red curtains around it, as soon as I hem them): I have finished a lot of projects recently: Lots of socks: Lapsang Souchong. This was a test knit and I have finally finished the second sock. I loved the pattern. 😀 2luvcrew socks. These ones took me a while to finish. I liked the pattern, but was not in love with the sock yarn or the fit at the time. It grew on me though, and they are comfortable. 🙂 My Cup of Tea socks. This is a favorite of mine, and I make them a lot. There is just a simple pattern that gives them just enough interest to make them go quickly. I have finished my oversized comfy sweater. This is Brick. It's too big, but super comfortable. 😀 Note to self. Don't make a sweater that is one size larger when you are trying to lose weight. It is very quickly two sizes larger. lol Then we have this bad boy. This is the Battle of Five Armies shawl. It is by the same designer as the Lapsang Souchong socks. It's huge, and amazing. It is the third in a series of shawls based on the Hobbit movies. It took me over a year to finish, because I was hopping from project to project and spent a good stretch of time not knitting at all in the last year. But, this is a gorgeous shawl. I have already worn it out once, and will wear it again and again. 😀 Last but not least is a large work in progress. These little guys are hexipuffs. They are only 2" across, and are knit in one piece like the toe of a sock. They get stuffed part way through and then sealed up. The goal is to get enough of these for a king size blanket. This means I need about 700 of these things. You'll see by the picture that I might have a little ways to go before I hit 700. Then I need about 30 or so half hexipuffs for the edge to make it all smooth. The reason I'm spending time on these is because A) it'll be super cute in our country theme bedroom, and B) it uses up my sock yarn scraps. 😀 So, this blanket will cost me nothing extra. It'll just clean up the scraps I have as I go forward making socks. Lots of stuff updated this time. 😀 I should have some more projects finished in the next couple weeks. I have another pair of socks on the go that should be finished in a couple days, and then I have a small quick project to do. Then onto a scarf that has been in progress for far too long. Although I do have to do one more pair of socks for a gift for someone. 🙂 At least I am able to knit again! That has been a huge perk to the new meds we have added and the ones I had already been on. I can do a lot of things I wasn't able to do for a while. It really helps me feel a lot better.