I also realized that I'm still not certain what the Texas response to imminent weather disaster is supposed to be. I mean, growing up back in Michigan, everyone knew that when a massive snow storm was predicted, you went to the grocery store and bought bread and milk. Even if you didn't need bread and milk, that's just what you bought. It was expected, maybe even required. But down here in Texas, there hasn't seemed to be a run on bread and milk. In fact, in the stores this afternoon, there was plenty of both. Maybe I was supposed to buy beer and, I don't know, whatever goes good with beer. Being a non-drinker I'm uncertain. But, just in case things change, I've got plenty of milk on hand. (Mostly due to a sale/coupon from Albertsons.)
Other news, my trip to the physical therapist earlier this week was a little discouraging. The PT did all the things that PTs do (poked, prodded, moved around, had me walk about, hooked a little electrode thing up to some muscles and had me use them while measuring the strength...turns out my right (not hurting) leg is not quite as strong as the left (one that hurts). I find that odd. PT didn't seem to. I mentioned it. He didn't answer. Maybe I should have asked again.). And he determined that he doesn't know why my knee hurts any more than anyone else does. His current thought is that I'm built a little odd (no surprise there) and I walk a little funny (again, not surprising) and that due to activities and accumulated stress my knee hurts. He said that my legs kinda go out a little rather than straight down, but that's not uncommon in women (cause we've got wider hips than guys). He said that I have a tendency towards pronation when I walk (walking more on the insides of my feet) but that's not uncommon in people who have low arches/flat feet (which I do). And he said he doesn't have a good explanation for why my knee is hurting now and not before now. At least he's honest in that part. He gave me some exercises to do, told me to do them two to three times a day and come back and see him in two weeks. He also recommended new athletic shoes (easy to do, I swapped to a pair that I had in my closet that better meets his recommendations), not walking around without shoes on (which is killing me when I'm at home. I rarely have shoes on at home.) and not to sit cross legged (hard when I'm in a meeting or otherwise sitting not at a table or desk but I'm surviving). Basically, he wants me to do everything to minimize stress on my knee. Although I'm still okay to do "anything that doesn't hurt" at the gym, so that's a plus.
So, the good is that I don't have to go in multiple times a week. That's helps with the budget (I so did not put enough in my healthcare spending account this year) as well as the time. But it's frustrating that I still don't have a good answer for why my knee hurts nor a good course of treatment that's sure to fix things. I showed my exercises to two of my trainer friends at the gym (who know what's been going on). Neither were terribly impressed. Part of the reason is due to me already doing more challenging, similar activities/movements on a regular basis. But, as Robin (one of the trainers) reminded me, not everyone works out to the same level that I do and most medical professionals believe that patients aren't entirely truthful about their exercise habits. Most people can't stand on one foot (especially their non-dominant foot) for minutes at a time (3 minutes is easy for me. More than that and I get bored. I can even do it with my eyes closed as long as I don't get distracted.) And one of my exercises is to stand on one foot for 20 seconds. So I've ended up creating a sorta hybrid (Frankeinstein?) exercise regimen based on what my PT gave me to do, input from the trainers at the gym and what makes sense to me. The result is that things in my knee seem to be getting slightly better. I still can't jump on my left leg without pain. I haven't tried running, but I'm pretty sure that wouldn't go well. There are still specific points on my knee where I press and they hurt. But, going up and down stairs is less irritating/painful. I was squatting to look at bottom shelves at Half Price Books earlier today and noticed that that was easier than before. So, while I'm not all there yet and I'm not certain these exercises are going to take me all the way there, at least I'm making positive progress. We'll see how things go in the next week or so and see what the PT says on my next visit.