So once I returned, I went to get an MRI and then to the Orthopedic Doc and had it drained. Upon reading the MRI he realized it was a "stress fracture of the upper tibia" (a sort of deep bone bruise, he said). I didn't get a copy of the MRI, etc., but the photo below looks almost the same.
Photo Credit. www.radiologyassistant.nl
On mine, there is no hairline crack in the X-ray (why it was diagnosed as the pinched plica) and the white area on the MRI is closer to the joint. The basic facts are I have to baby it until a brace comes next week to unload the joint and then wear that for 3 to 6 months to give the bone a chance to heal.
There's no way to boat with a cane this weekend, and once I have the brace... well there's some bad family history where (before I was born) an uncle drowned when he fell in the water wearing a cast. As I said relating to alcohol, I really don't want "stupid boater" listed as my cause of death, so given the fast approaching end of the season, it's time to have Seas The Day hauled.
It's a tad disappointing... we were hopeful for a few more days on the water (perhaps even a week-long break). Vicky returns to China mid-month, so we're really only loosing a couple of weekends together (weather dependent of course), and maybe a weekend or two of solo sailing (if I had pushed it to the end of the season). Still, we had 20 days on Seas The Day this season which was four more than last year (when I switched jobs and we moved).
I never did get to try out the new single-handing rig for the spinnaker... something for next year!