MRI Results

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Patty Cake, Patty Cake, Baker’s Man…I’ve got a cyst that’s ruining my plan

Got my MRI results yesterday and they were exactly what I dreaded: slightly inconclusive. They did confirm I have a gigantic Baker’s Cyst but the doctor said the radiologist didn’t see evidence of a tear or damage to the cartilage. He said that makes no sense because generally, a cyst is because of damage to the cartilage. He suggested there is something there that they didn’t see on the MRI. 

He then gave me some options which included getting a cortisone shot and seeing if that makes me feel better. If it doesn’t, I can come back and get it “scoped”. My second option is to forget the shot and just opt for scoping. My third option was to tell him to shove it. I elected option # 2. I don’t see the point if getting a shot to mask pain and reduce inflammation if there is an underlying cause not being addressed. I told him I don’t want to play around and prefer to go the “scope” option. I return on February 13 to talk to the surgeon. Not sure when the scope will happen. 

I asked about Kilimanjaro and he said I had plenty of time to recover and to not sweat it. Sounds good but I’m still nervous. Just hope, pray, and wait, I suppose. 

In gear news, my mittens arrived! I ordered a pair of Dakine Camino Mittens. I ordered them in large because I want enough room for my liners and some hand warmers. They look huge and ridiculous but I suppose on the mountain it’s function before fashion. They received pretty good reviews but I will give a full report when I return. 

 

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