The answer came this morning in a call from the hospital. It was my physician's nurse and she was calling to tell me that the 563 X-rays they put my leg through last week have been looked at by either a radiologist or a very highly trained monkey and the answer to the pain in my knee was revealed.
Yes, I'm going to string this out because why not. It's too ridiculous for words. However, let me reveal to you that I was in considerable pain in the right leg about 17 years ago and asked my then father-in-law about it and speaking as a doctor of nuclear medicine who really doesn't like radiologists, he took me in to his hospital and had me X-rayed to see if any of the screws holding that 15 inch plate in my leg had come loose. Not at that time.....
Now? Now they say one screw near the top has come out and is drifting around in there which explains quite a lot of the pain if not the swelling. The knee doesn't bend without considerable pain and mostly it prefers to sit fully extended and man-stretch; if you will. No, it doesn't go wide, it goes straight out in front of me where anybody can trip over it and earns nasty looks from people trying to walk by who don't know that it doesn't bend and just assume I'm being an asshole.
I just went looking online for a book I'm reading now because it turns out that I no longer like paperback books especially ones with really firm spines. I bought it first in 1980 and it's a little long in the tooth but well worth rereading. Lee Correy wrote some good stuff under that name. I was less impressed with the stuff he wrote under his own name. It came out in 1980 and falls well into the yawning gap of copyright malarky. It may not show up on digital format for another 50 years.
To this day I cannot throw in a semicolon without thinking back to how the Exile in Portales used to school us on the proper semicolon employment and grammar. I'll accept that I'll never learn.