Health.

I don’t know why I find this important, but maybe it will come to me.

The first surgery I’m aware of was on my eye. I have a lazy eye, and my eyes do not work together. Depth perception has always been an issue.

I was five, I believe, when I had the surgery, because there is a photo of me with a cake with six candles and a patch over my eye.

I wore glasses in school, and then braces. Both at once is fun. I was able to stop wearing glasses between sixth and seventh grade.

In the ninth grade, my patella dislocated for the first time I remember. I was also diagnosed with slight scoliosis.

When I was 19, I had my first knee surgery. It was supposed to be a scope, but I woke up to a long jagged scar and I still don’t believe I consented to anything more than the scope.

I’ve had my wisdom teeth removed. (Year?)

The next knee surgery was 2007. Patellofemoral joint replacement, left. One of my surgeon’s youngest recipients.

Broke that in 2013 and got a new patellofemoral joint on the left.

Between those, I think in 2009, I had LASIK surgery on my left eye. No complications.

In 2015, it was time to replace the right patellofemoral joint. Unfortunately, the first surgery was only minimally successful in increasing stability. Had a second procedure in 2016 to move the tendon lower on the tibia to tighten it and help keep the patella in place.

In ____ I had a uterine ablation. I only wish I’d had it sooner.

In 2021, I had the sixth knee surgery, fourth on the left, to replace the 2013 hardware with a more stable device.

I was diagnosed with CPPD in ____. Without a doubt, the most frustrating and devastating physical health diagnosis I’ve accepted.

I am a likely candidate for POTS.

My sacrum does not like to stay in place and I started working at a standing desk in ____ due to the level of pain from sitting for hours a day.

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