Time to make a run to the doctor.
A walk-in orthopedics clinic that's actually nearby. Thanks,
Sherry and Jeanie insisted on accompanying me. I recommend traveling
with good friends. They really helped me through this.
It turned out to be a quad strain with possible compact fracture
(bruised bone). Nothing was broken! Nothing was torn! No surgery
would be required! Yay!
See the growth on my patella? They said it was like a bone
Nice knee, don't you think?
But what to do about the pain every time I try to extend my leg?
Drugs, thatís what. Actually, the doc prescribed merely ibuprofen in
great big extra strength tablets. And I do believe it is working. I
am getting around much better this evening.
This picture shows an exciting moment that occurred in the pharmacy
while we were waiting. Some poor fellow passed out from diabetic
shock, but he was tended to by the guy in the smock, two nice blonde
lady bystanders, and a local EMT crew. All while I sat there waiting
for my ibuprofen. Hawaii is full of surprises.
Jeanie makes friends with the heroes.
After much discussion and perusing of the options at the kiosk, we
decided to have lunch at P.F. Changís. Great choice, Sherry. I even
got some Dan Dan noodles that werenít as good as what I found at the
airport in Hong Kong a few years ago, but were still very nice.
So now, back in the hotel, I had to figure out what to do with the
rest of the day. Sitting on the deck was fun for a while, but with
the ibuprofen handling the pain I was ready to go out and explore
And, duh, look at that! Right below my deck. The scene of the crime
from last night. We were seated at that table over by the red
flowers. You can even see the little step I fell on.
The hotel has an infinity pool.
It was warm and sunny out there. My knee liked the sun.
Sherry is spending some time this evening with her brother who lives
in Honolulu, but thatís OK. Jimmy Buffett has a restaurant just
next-door to the hotel, so for dinner Jeanie and I had a
Cheeseburger in Paradise. Literally.
There's that sunset.
And there's that knee.
Ibuprofen and a compression sleeve and elevated by three pillows and
the knee just keeps getting better and better. But still I think I
wonít go out for an evening stroll.