Saturday, October 20, 2012

Happy 35th Anniversary! ... and Report on Ankle Surgeon Appointment (10/19/12)

Hello Folks,

Happy 35th Wedding Anniversary to the beloved Julie! It seems like yesterday since we tied the knot on October 22, 1977 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Lancaster, Pa. We spent the following week in beautiful Williamsburg, Virginia, enjoying the nice fall weather and all of the Colonial Williamsburg's sites. Julie and I revisited Colonial Williamsburg, Va. for our 25th wedding anniversary in 2002.

Always Happy!
Julie35thWeddingAnniversaryRedLobster2012-10-22143537re A few blog entries ago, I mentioned that I would be seeing an orthopedic ankle specialist regarding the lack of extension in my left knee after the knee replacement in July, 2011. The "gastrocnemius release" would extend the calf muscle and allow my knee to extend a bit further.

During the surgeon's visit, an x-ray was taken to determine how my ankle currently looked and a physical exam was given to determine the flexibility in my calf muscles at my ankle.

Both the x-ray and the physical exam came out very well and it was determined by Dr. Tuckman that I had no need for the release. In fact, if he would do the release, what could happen is that the scar tissue in my left knee may eventually "thin" over time and then my calf muscle would be too long... Not a good scenario.

So, together we decided that there was absolutely no need at this time to do anymore surgery. I will just have to continue to walk with a -20 degree angle to my knee and use a cane on long distant walks.

Back To Fishing!
The weather report for this coming week looks very promising. Many of my fishing buddies have been finding great success on the main stem of the Susquehanna River above Harrisburg, Pa. and on the North Branch. Those of us who fish below the state capital are still awaiting the "fall bite" to kick in.

We've had several rain storms at the end of this past week. Last night's rains are expected to raise the river level a bit over 4". It's a start in returning the river to what we see as normal fall levels.

The river has been so low recently that many jet boat owners have been reluctant to go into dangerously shallow areas of the main stem. Those who have risked these low water conditions have been bumping and scraping their way to "hot spots" and finding success. Some have also damaged their boats... An Aluminum Welders' Dream! :)

The Pequea Boat Launch is still closed and will be for the next 1 to 3 weeks. I am hoping that it will be open for November fishing. November has always been a great time on Lake Aldred. My one "honey hole" hasn't produced for a coupe of years. Maybe this will be the year it will turn on for us... We'll see.

Take Care and Be Safe!