I had my appointment with the orthopedic doctor this morning. It seems it is only a tiny bone spur and a little arthritis that caused all that pain!! It is much better already thanks to the medication they put me on right away. I need to continue that for a few weeks and then return to the doctor only if the pain resumes. He can then give me a cortisone shot if need be. It is really nice for that awful pain to be gone and to be able to walk normal again. It was also nice to hear him say that my knees are in good shape other than a little clicking and grinding which is normal at my age.
Since I'm not anywhere near ready to leave for SC now, I will wait a week or two and then go. Happy to have that to look forward to.