Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Where Has The Time Gone ?

Sorry about the lack of posts lately. Until last Saturday, I have been miserable. The knee pain was just out of control, my feet hurt due to neuropathy in the worst way, which all added up to very little interesting going on. At least I did accomplish one thing that has been on the to do list since moving in to this house and that was the kitchen peninsula project. It added 3 cabinets and additional eating space. Seems we have guests a lot and run short of room at the dinner table, plus lack of storage has been a problem. This addition has killed 2 birds with one stone. It was basically stain and poly some unfinished cabinets, install a counter top, assemble some stools and there you are. An economical, but very visually appealling and functional project that really defines the space. Now the wife wants me to change the other counter tops in the kitchen to match. Maybe next fall.

I took that pic with my new BlackBerry phone. We had to change cell phone carriers due to the poor coverage with the existing one we were using. But, our phones weren't compatible, so we had to get different ones. Since we were changing 3 phones, we bargained and got a sweet deal on the new ones, nearly next to nothing. I never thought much about a BlackBeery except that a lot of people are so enamoured with them, but now I know why. All the applications you can run, the quality and support, the total logical functionality, all just blows me away. Yes, I'm now part of the BlackBerry cult.

OK, now back to what I was initially going to write about. It's been several months since my knees went in the tank again, thanks to a bowling injury. Several trips to various my doctor and the ortho surgeons did nothing to relieve the constant pain. A new knee is the only real solution to the problem, but I'm too young I was told. Would a brace help, I asked. No, the arthritis and cartilage damage are too advanced for that to be of any help. So after several months of hobbling around like a gimp, my outlook on life was getting pretty dim. Workouts were getting sporatic, I was getting grumpy, life just sucked.

Then, last Thursday, just for the heck of it, I pulled on my wife's compression wrap she wears when playing volley ball. She had cartilage replacement in her knee and uses it just to be on the safe side since the digging on the hard surface tends to be not a knee friendly exercise. Well, don't you just know, the pain was reduced by about 80 percent in just minutes. WTF? The next day, I bought a cheapy, $8.99, for myself. After a couple of hard workouts while wearing it, I can all of a sudden push to point of exhaustion, not pain limiting strengthening drills. I just can't believe the difference it has made. I can actually move without much discomfort for the first time in months.

Chodromalcia patellae is what most of the pain has been from. I'm usually not a self diagnoser, but after doing much research on the Internet, I have come to this conclusion. The knee compression wrap is part of the treatment for this condition. That it has been so effective leads me to believe that the patellae is more the problem than the meniscus tears. Time will tell, but for now, I'm feeling much better about the future, what with the knee pain subsided and the diabetes seemingly under control. Plus, the pain in my feet has decreased a bunch. I feel alive again!!


rlove2bike said...

Glad you are feeling better. Now you can get out and ride. Anything outside makes me feel better. The older I get, the more I have to fight the winter blahs.

Boz said...

rlove2bike - I got in a ride yesterday - just 10 miles- but still was great to be in the fresh air.

Jim said...

So glad you're feeling better Boz. I can relate to your story about how the chronic conditions can get on top of you.

Boz said...

Jim- Glad you're back at it yourself. A guy can go stir crazy not being able to do what you want because of pain. The only stir crazy I like is stirring another Martini. But that's another story.