26 October Update...
According to the lab report, there was no infection in the aspirated fluid*. Which is good (I guess) and bad (no answers).
Good News, though: Dr Mark Figgie at HSS accepted my case and I have appointments there on December 20. In addition to seeing Dr Figgie, they are doing a lot of tests: blood work, x-rays, CT, MRI, and an XR EOS Hip to Ankle AP Bilateral radiology exam. They're also doing an ultrasound guided *aspiration as the initial one from my local OS didn't look for the right stuff (???).
Q1: Has anyone seen Dr Figgie?
Q2: Is anyone familiar with the EOS radiology exam? Since it's bilateral, it will be very interesting to see how my left knee looks considering it is bone on bone.
I've made travel plans which may change depending on how late I'll be at the clinic. I am very glad to have this organized even though it'll be January before all the test results are in.