So, the MRI may be clear, but the knee is apparently not in as good of shape as I thought.
I saw my GP yesterday, to re-check the knee. He suspects I have tendonosis – an ongoing and long-term inflammation of the tendon – in my patellar tendon (that is, the one tendon that connects the kneecap to the tibia), which was aggrivated by the injury. I am to ride my scooter instead of walking as much as possible, and keep icing my knee, and wrap it with an ace bandage to provide support (when I can, which is to say when I’m inside a temperature-controlled area, so I don’t overheat and faint). I’m supposed to see my physiatrist (that’s a doctor that specializes in rehabilitation, in my case mostly joint rehab), and he’s a very busy doctor so it takes 5-7 weeks to get in with him usually. Mind you, he’s very busy in part because he’s very good – always takes his time with his patients, listens well, cares about his patient’s desired outcomes, so on. He also teaches, though unfortunately rehabilitiation isn’t something that really interests most med students, according to a friend who took classes with him.
This news particularly sucks because this knee injury has caused me to miss the deadline for re-certification with Hudson. This leaves us in a bad kind of limbo, where according to the contract I signed, they could take Hudson away, but I’ve been told that with a doctor’s note, they will give me extended time to finish things. Naturally, I forgot to ask for a doctor’s note when I saw my GP. I just paged him now, in the hopes that he’ll call and I can desperately plead for the note. If I’m lucky, he’ll write it up tomorrow (he usually works saturday mornings, as I recall), so I can send it to the organization I got Hudson from. Ye gods this is stressful!