On Friday I started to worry. What if my swollen knee wasn’t due to a sports injury? I made an appointment with my family doctor later that afternoon to go get it checked out. As the morning progressed I started to feel some tingling in my lower leg/toes. I decided to go to the ER instead of waiting for my appointment with my family doctor.
As my husband and I walked through the hallway to emergency I started to feel really nervous. It has been awhile since I’ve been in a hospital and I don’t deal very well with blood and guts type trauma! I stood in line to check in. Thankfully lunch time on a Friday afternoon seems to be a not so busy time to go to the ER so there weren’t too many people in front of me. Before long someone else got in line behind me. I didn’t turn around but I could tell that this guy was really nervous. He was bouncing from one foot to the other, breathing heavily and holding his hand over his head. I did not want to turn around. In a few minutes his buddy arrived (from parking their vehicle I presume) to keep him company in line.
These two guys work in construction and one of them had managed to cut themselves pretty badly on the jobsite. To keep things light hearted the uninjured buddy started to share stories of other guys that have injured themselves even worse at work. I’m already nervous and worked up standing in line for the ER and listening things that make me want to pass out is a terrible combination. After listening to a ridiculous amount of stories about workplace safety being thrown out the window I actually had to turn around and ask them to change subject for fear of barfing/passing out.
After being admitted it was off to wait for minor emergency and finally after awhile we were shown a bed. A super nice medical intern came by to examine my knee and then we waited for the ER doctor to arrive. I think they maybe wanted to admit me to the psych ward for signing up for Ironman but instead they decided to just x-ray my knee instead. The x-ray was clear and the doctors ruled out septic arthritis (or else I would have been in a significant amount of pain). They offered to drain my knee if I wanted, but otherwise they suggested I follow up with the Acute Knee Injury Clinic here in Calgary. I decided to forgo the knee tap as I didn’t want to introduce the risk of infection and the doctor was very sure that the cause of my swelling was not due to bacteria.
Instead I went home and filled out the online questionnaire to find out if I was a candidate for the Acute Knee Injury Clinic instead…