Art Therapy?

December 10th, 2009 § 0 comments

What else is knee surgery but another opportunity for an art project?

Turning 65 back in March meant that I became eligible for Medicare. I spent the previous 5 years without any health insurance, whatsoever,  as nothing was affordable for us due, in part, to pre-existing conditions. So I was more than ready to fully embrace my Medicare moment, as my knee problem had gotten worse and worse, to the point where it was greatly interfering with my mobility, and I was using a cane much of the time.

After sorting through the Medicare paperwork and jumping through all the hoops —not an easy task—I signed up, found a doctor I liked and made an appointment. She was great and she thought cleaning out the loose bodies behind my kneecap might buy me a little more time before I needed to go through the total knee replacement. I went for it, and it seems to have worked very well for me. In addition to all of the small fragments, she removed huge chunk of ossified cartilage which she gave to me.She thought that was probably responsible for the lockups and said that it had done a lot of damage rolling around in there for all those years.

After only a few days of recovery, I was able to walk pretty well, and I could definitely tell the difference in knee function. My doctor also prescribed some physical therapy which helped a lot more. When I was through with that, I was even able to climb stairs one at a time, some of the time. OK, so not perfect, but so much better! I’m still going to have to have a total knee replacement, but this should be good for a couple of years. The best part, though? Medicare, plus my supplemental insurance, paid for all of it, with not a bit of a problem. I do hope that whatever National Health Insurance plan they come up with will be at least as good as Medicare is for me.

Oh, the art project?

Well, I’ve made a plan to make a book-reliquary-box-thing-or-other utilizing the piece of cartilage the surgeon removed, but I haven’t done that yet. However, I did I make a little thank you book for my Physical Therapist, Adam. He purloined the patella from the skeleton model and loaned it to me so I could use it as a model to make Sculpey kneecap covers for the book. I turned the covers into  a little kneecap accordion book and made a little box for it. I leave you with some photos of that first project, “Adam’s Book” You can click on the pics for a larger view.

Box top

Box top

Inside box

Inside box

Book and box

Book and box

Open, front and back covers

Book partially open.

Accordion Book Open

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