Received a second opinion on my knee today. It was the same as the first opinion. Can't say I was surprised. Looks like if I want to have any kind of active life, avoid total knee replacement at age 40, and keep arthritis from advancing, I have to have surgery.
But, I can appreciate what Dr. Garrard said to me this morning as I was grumbling about how in the world being on crutches and not bearing any weight for 6 weeks works with three children 5 and under, he remarked, "Well, you'll tough it out. Remember, it's not your heart, your head, or your lungs."
Yes, things could certainly be worse...I have my health, mostly :)