This is not Elder Orchard's latest letter home. This is his mom:(. On Monday I got a call from Elder Orchard asking what time would be convenient for me to pick him up from the MTC. I was disappointed to say the least but after his letter last week I knew this was the direction we were headed.
While at the MTC they did x-rays and an MRI. Both came back normal but the knee was sore, swollen and not getting any better. On Friday, Douglas was given crutches to get around. On Monday night he was released as a missionary.
Tuesday we met with an orthopedic surgeon. He reread the MRI and believes that everything is structurally sound. The possible problems are either a strained MCL which will heal without surgery or a knee cap pulled to the side which may heal or not. There's always the chance that something is torn and is not showing up on the MRI. That does happen but we are optimistic that is not the case. He prescribed 2 weeks of physical therapy and that felt like the right plan of action so we started that right away. Although Doug's knee is sore from the hard work, he has made significant progress in his ability to walk. He is no longer using crutches and walks without a limp...that just after 2 therapy sessions.