The rheumatologist made the promised call, sharing the recent bloodtest results. Blood is fine. No indications for auto-immune disorder. So, it looks like the inflammation has been halted. Yeah.
Then his question: how are you? Well, the knee is still normal after almost three weeks. Good. Sounds like you are back to normal. With this restriction: no peak muscle stress advised for the next three months.
So, refereeing will have to wait till January. In the meantime it’s important not to trigger a new inflammation and not put too much pressure on the knee muscles.
I’m ok with that as long as I can go about without pain and stiffness. And no new medication. Four months of a weird sudden inflammation seem over. Maybe ignited by a heavy sports season afterall. Full circle after all.
I was excited and busy making plans for a great Summer football season. The field play-offs already started with a last-minute mid-week AR assignment and another AR one for this weekend. On top of that, I received a last-minute futsal play-off game to ref as well. And I was invited to a company field tournament in June and was enlisted for Beach Soccer reffing again soon. Exciting!
But then suddenly, my body told me it was enough for now. Last weekend, my right knee suddenly swelled like a balloon. No pain, just stiff and impossible to bend. Well, I thought, it sure will be better tomorrow. But it stayed bad so I had to see a doctor who did some basic tests and said the swelling could be reduced with medication. If it doesn’t change, come back next week. Bit surprised, but didn’t want to argue.
Well, it is next week now, and the knee not only still looks swollen, but is also hurting now. Medication doesn’t seem to work, so I’m planning to see the doctor again, this time to ask for physio therapy. In the meantime, I had to cancel the futsal play-off game and two field play-off games. I’m slightly worried about the rest of the upcoming field play-off games. Maybe it’s season finale for me, before it even started. Maybe I pressed myself too hard to get the futsal promotion, who knows. Combination of futsal and field games getting too much?
So, it’s time to do some other things. Write another personal blog. Visit some friends. Make myself useful around the house. Limping.