Sorry I haven't been around the past many many months but I'm still alive and kicking. A lot's been happening.
I think when I was here last I was having problems with my hip and the doc wouldn't do anything but epidurals and then wanted to talk surgery but still hadn't done any scans to find out what the problem was. I insisted on PT and after the 4th treatment the therapist did some manipuplation on my hip and everything was great. Seems the sacroilliac joint was stuck. I've since fired that ortho doc and have a new one who did the synvist injections in both knees (the old doc said I wasn't a candidate because I didn't have any cartilage) and my knees have been doing good. The new doc said you don't need cartilage for the synvist to work since it doesn't build up the cartilage, it's just a lubricant. He calls the "slippery shots". According to him, 30% of the patients find no relief, 30% find things are worse after the shots and 30% say they work. I'm glad I'm in that last group.
Don's daughter is moving back to the U.S. from Sweden as soon as her husband gets his green card. They've gone through the application process and paid a few hundred $ and everything's approved, now they're waiting for his interview which should be next month and 2 weeks after that he'll have his green card. Looks like they'll be here mid to late May. In the mean time Don's ex flew to Sweden over Christmas and brought the 7 year old granddaughter back with her. She spent 2 weeks with his ex and her family and then came here on January 12 to live with us. We're her legal guardians until mom gets here and they'll all live with us until they're on their feet and able to support themselves. We figure it'll be a couple of years before that happens since Lisa has a GED but no college educaton and her husband doesn't have a high school diploma so will have to get his GED before he can go to school for anything. They both want to go for radiology techs. Don's told them we'll put a roof over their heads and a bed to sleep in as well as provide free child care while they work but they do need to get jobs to pick up the excess in food and utility costs.
So, how's everyone else doing?