He holds my foot in his hand as he's talking to me.
"The bone is fusing itself."
"What do you mean?"
"Just what I said. The cartilage has deteriorated and because of that the bones start to rub together -- and as they rub they cause a sort of sediment that actually builds up and stiffens the joint.""Christ..."
I sort of gasp quietly, and sink down a little further in the chair.
"It's a type of arthritis."
"No one's explained that properly up to now."
"Well, that's what's happening."
Right then, I'm suffering the most awful mixture of emotions. This doc is so great....