It’s gone!

Today was the big day! I went to have my Bakers cyst aspirated. It was far less eventful than I imagined. I guess for something that has caused me so much pain, I expected more of a “to-do” for it’s going away party. Nonetheless, I am very happy it’s gone!

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This won’t hurt a bit!

The procedure was pretty straight forward. The doc used ultrasound to locate the cyst. They were surprised by it’s location. If I am not mistaken, the radiologist said it was on the lateral side. Apparently, that’s not common. Perhaps that also explains why the outside of my knee area hurts when I run. Hmmm. Anyway, they shot me up with lidocaine to numb the area then proceeded to suck out the synovial fluid. I watched all the gory details on the monitor. Actually, it wasn’t gory at all. It looked like a white stick puncturing a black oval on the screen. However, I will say it was pretty cool to see the cyst deflate on screen. No pain at all. Afterwards the doctor asked if I wanted to see the fluid. Heck yeah! That’s MY fluid. I made that stuff all by myself! Of course I want to see it! haha. It was pretty wild looking. Kind of a yellowish clear color but thick and viscous like honey.  Yum! 

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My glacier covered dream

In non medical related news, tomorrow marks the 90 day countdown for my trip to Africa. Okay, technically it marks the day I drive to DC to spend the night to catch a plane the following morning- haha. But still, it will be a travel day and a day full of excitement for me, so I am counting it!

Also, I should add that tomorrow I am starting a new workout plan. It will involve 4 days of weight lifting. I really need to add some muscle mass and I think the plan I have will be a good start. Lots of solid but basic exercises to help me build strength and add some muscle. It will be interesting to see where I am, physically, in 90 days just before I head out to Kilimanjaro.

 

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