Got the all-clear from the doctor today. No more cracked kneecap on the X-ray! He also expressed amazement that I don't suffer from chronic knee pain and arthritis since my kneecaps are "catty whompus". Not being quite up to date with such technical medical jargon, he explained that my kneecaps are out of alignment. He showed me how they are supposed to line up a certain way on the x-ray and mine...don't!
What was way cool was that he said my lack of pain is due to the tolerance of an elite athlete (or some other such nonsense, but it made my 50-year-old heart jump for joy!). I know that sounds braggy, but I really don't mean it to. I'm about as elite an athlete as...well, any other person who prefers moving to deteriorating. Had severe scoliosis as a kid, so a big chunk of my spine is fused (T11-L4). Over the years I've been offered enough pain killers to stock a pharmacy - but I always go back to the realization that I know my body, and I can "cure" what ails it painwise by getting off my behind. I just have to be systematic, patient, and smart about it.
What it is testimony to is that keeping strong is the way to go. The doctor said I could start exercising again "as tolerated". Didn't tell him dauphin and I did 20 miles Sat. and another 20 Sunday.
Get busy living or get busy dying, as Tim Robbins says in Shawshank Redemption!