I rang the surgery first thing yesterday, expecting them to say the GP would call me back (that's been the usual way during the pandemic). You could have knocked me down with a feather when I was given an actual face to face appointment for 11 am. The GP doesn't think it's a cartilage or ligament problem, he reckons it's arthritis and is sending me for an x-ray on Friday of next week. He thinks the support I'm using is a good idea as it helps my knee to stop giving way, but cautioned against having it too tight (and said don't wear it overnight, which I don't anyway). He's advised painkillers (sigh) and said to alternate between my electric heat pad and a freeze pack. He said physio may help (I just laughed, seeing as they're months behind with referrals), and possibly a steroid injection if all else fails. Once I've had the x-ray results and hopefully a firm diagnosis, I might start going to Felicity the osteopath again, to see if she can help. Anyway, now I know things are in hand, I can try to put it to the back of my mind, grit my teeth and try to ignore the pain. It's really affecting my sleep though.
Went shopping, lots of empty shelves again but I got enough (with some substitutions) to keep us going for a couple of weeks. We're off to the van again today, taking some of the new furniture which will temporarily go in the larger bedroom, now the bed's been dismantled. We'll be taking apart the old sofa framework today, hopefully doing some painting tomorrow. According to the weather forecast, there may be some snow on Sunday at the park! Not forecast to last though. We won't be going that day.
One other annoying thing (besides the 4-wheeled thing we're not mentioning) is that the problematic family member is being incredibly annoying again. I can't be doing with that, so have had to block them again. The trouble is, they're so self absorbed with really ridiculous trivialities that only matter to them, they have absolutely no concept of real problems affecting others. At least I recognise that my problems, whilst being decidedly irritating, painful or downright inconvenient, are nothing compared to what's going on in the Ukraine.