Only 9 days into September, and cold, wintery weather is upon us. This photo was done on my way to work after getting numerous x-rays of my hips and lower spine. I went to an arthritis doctor this morning, and she decided a lot of my pain is actually bursitis that’s related to the ankylosing spondylitis. One comment she made that was interesting is that she thought the condition I had in my knees when I was 9 years old was probably an early manifestation of the ankylosing spondylitis; however, in 1968, spondylitis was not very well defined so the doctors wouldn’t have known to look for it. She gave me a sheet of exercises and I go back in six weeks to see how I’m doing and get the results of the blood tests and x-rays.