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  • Knee injury-- what can I do before seeing my doctor?

    I had a meniscus repair done three months ago, and someone bumped into me last week. I tripped, and twisted my knee and planted my foot very hard on the ground. There is no bruising, but significant swelling, pain, and a feeling that my knee is going to give out on me at any moment. I iced it for a few days after the incident and took ibuprofen to relieve the pain and inflammation.

    I have a doctors appointment at the end of the week, but is there anything I can do until then to help my knee, or at least prevent it from getting worse? Because of my surgery, I do have a knee brace, an immobilizer, crutches and a cane, as well as standard OTC pain medications.

    Any and all suggestions would be helpful! Thanks!

    4 AnswersInjuries1 decade ago
  • Found a VERY thin, VERY old dog.Any suggestions on how to make him as comfy as possible?

    I have a question about a dog that I hope you can answer. My daughter found a VERY thin, VERY old dog a few days ago, and, long story short, he's staying with us now, until we can track down his owners (if they exist/want him).

    I brought him to the vet yesterday and good some bad news (HUGE tick infestation, fleas, injured hip and bad teeth) and some good news (no signs of worms, healthy heart and lungs, great temperament).

    He's a large breed -- possibly some combination of lab, boxer and mastiff and appears to be about 12 years old. The vet told me that his priorities right now are tick removal, lots of good food (he is 55 lbs and should weigh nearly 90), fresh water, lots of love and a comfortable place to rest-- all of which I have done.

    Even for a dog his size that's been well taken care of, this dog is old. For a dog that's been living on the streets for who knows how long and is emaciated... well, I guess you could just say that I know he hasn't got years and years left in him. I do believe, however, that whatever amount of time he has left should be happy and comfortable. My question is this: is there anything additional I can do to make his life a little better?

    14 AnswersDogs1 decade ago
  • Is it illegal to drive with your arm in a sling?

    I'm really curious about this. It seems to me that driving with one's arm in a sling would make for unsafe driving, but I can't seem to find any information at all. So... is it actually illegal to operate a motor vehicle with an arm sling, or just a really bad idea?

    5 AnswersLaw & Ethics1 decade ago
  • Can I take a stitch out, a week after surgery?

    I had shoulder surgery done 9 days ago, with three holes from the scope, and an open incision. Everything is healing very nicely, but one of the scope holes has a stitch that gets caught on EVERYTHING-- bra strap, sling strap, clothing, my pillow, and on and on.

    I am not scheduled to have the sutures removed for another 5 days, and I'm really worried that this one particular stitch will get caught on something and rip out before then. I don't want or need to remove any of the others by myself, just the one that's giving me a lot of problems. Is it safe to take it out myself, or should I just wait until the doctors appointment, be extra careful and hope that nothing bad happens between now and then?

    4 AnswersInjuries1 decade ago
  • I'm having shoulder surgery. Does anyone have any tips or advice to make this time easier?

    I'm having shoulder surgery within the next few weeks, and I am really nervous about how difficult everything is going to be after the surgery is done.

    Does anyone have any tips about ways to make my life a little easier after surgery? Right now, I'm looking around and realizing how much I NEED both hands/arms for, and getting a bit depressed over the idea of someone having to button my pants and cut my food for me for the next eight weeks.

    4 AnswersInjuries1 decade ago