Monday, 18 February 2008

What Can't be Replaced?

I went to the Doctor this morning to get the results of my X-Ray. Apparently my right knee is wearing out on one side. The Doc - a splendidly direct and straightforward chap from Bavaria via the UK - said that I should see a Specialist for confirmation and "just get the knee replaced - a straightforward operation which would disrupt my life for about four weeks and give me 20 trouble free years." Apparently the waiting time is about the same in New Zealand as it is in the UK. I don't know anyone in the UK who has had a knee replacement but I know quite a few here. I'm not convinced that the Doc's optimism is justified. However the idea of having 20 years by having a knee replaced seems like a good deal although I'm not quite sure how a knee replacement cures cancer or prevents one being run over by a bus!

1 comment:

  1. Twenty years may sound a lot to a youngster who is talking to an almost pensioner but to me it doesn't sound enough. Can't you get a lifetime's guarantee instead?