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!
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!
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.