A shot in the knee.

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Registered: 04-29-2000
A shot in the knee.
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Mon, 03-25-2013 - 10:37pm

Well, today I went to my rheumatologist doctor's to get a Cortisone shot in my knee to help deal with this Baker's cyst, and the inflammation around the knee and also my swollen calf which never got better - even worse...with my ankle and foot also getting swollen.  I still have to elevate my leg and apply ice to my knee.  Maybe in a day or two things will be less swollen and the Baker's cyst will begin reducing? 

I hope this is the last of my joint troubles!  Or anything else dire with my health - at least for a long long while!  I am keen to be walking normally again and getting the benefits of walking again.  I really thought things were  on the up and up now that the pain in my shoulder and hip joints have successfully responded to the prednisone I'm taking.  This Baker's Cyst was a real suprise. 

I don't mind the enforced rest so much but I sure wish I had more reading material Wink

Shirley

Avatar for elc11
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Registered: 06-16-1998
Tue, 03-26-2013 - 11:13am

I sure hope that the shot gives you some relief.

About the reading material, do you ever download books onto the iPad? I have both the Kindle app and the iBooks app on mine and I have bought several digital books on Amazon. Now I get occasional emails offering deals on ebooks, such as one download for $1 or last week it was ebooks for $2, as many as I wanted from a selection of 20 titles. Granted, most of them were titles that I wasn't interested in but there were a few that I figured were worth $2 to try.

Next Issue (magazine reading app) was offering a 3 month free trial for its entire library. I'm already signed up with them for a few mags that I get in the mail, which is how I got notified of the offer. 

I don't know if any of these offers will work in Canada but its probably worth looking into.

Avatar for suzyk2118
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Registered: 07-30-1997
Tue, 03-26-2013 - 3:04pm

Our library also lets you 'check out' 10 books at a time in pdf or eBook form, so you can do them on a normal laptop (for free; up to 3 weeks).

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Registered: 04-29-2000
Tue, 03-26-2013 - 8:32pm

I was thinking of re-joining our library.  It's one way to peruse for books and maybe I'll find something I like?  I went to our local bookstore a short while ago and walked around, looked at books in the topic areas that interested me but do you think I could find a book?  I must have been tired that day - nothing seemed interesting to me.  I am not so keen on using my Kindle (I do have one...but that was more Ray's keen idea to give it to me than my own desire to own one!).  I have downloaded some books from the Gutenburg website or whatever is its proper name?  Free old literature, but do you think I've ever read more than a few pages?  Nope. 

I guess I've just not been keen to join the 21st century when it comes to E-books!

Shirley

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Wed, 03-27-2013 - 5:14pm

Yeah, the only time I'm up for eBooks is either on really, really slow days at work (I know I shouldn't even be doing it and honestly it's been a long time since I could) or when I was stuck in Germany in 2007 for 11 unexpected days and had nothing with me but my laptop.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Wed, 03-27-2013 - 6:07pm

I was surprised at how well I liked reading ebooks on the tablet, because I didn't think I would like it and resisted for several years. Then we got a 7" tablet to be able to view digital newspapers so I decided to try an ebook. The size is about the same as a trade paperback but the print is larger which is a plus LOL. And being able to tap or swipe to "turn the page" is nice. I still enjoy the feel of paper under my fingers when I read but I feel like the ebooks add another element, mainly that of ease. I don't have to go anywhere to get a book, the download is instant, and its slightly cheaper than buying a paperback. And where to store the book is a non-question. I'm thinking that it will be really nice when traveling, to just pack the iPad mini instead of several books and magazines.

I will have to investigate what digital offerings my public library has now. Some cities (such as NYC) have huge collections but my city has been slower to adopt ebooks. 

Avatar for deenow17
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Registered: 10-12-2004
Wed, 03-27-2013 - 9:30pm
Hope your knee is doing better now, Shirley. I'm a big fan of using my ipod to listen to books. I started using my mini computer to read my books then got a kobo & then the ipod. Our library lets you download up to 10 for a max of 2 wks. I use my kobo some but these days, I'm hooked on the ipod as it gives me the freedom to sew, knit or even clean the house while listening to a book. I have never brought a book as there are many free sites to download from & our library is actually linked into several libraries so lots of variety. Dee