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Old 04-19-2012, 02:52 PM   #2641
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Well, here I sit with a choice to make.

Saw the doctor this morning. He reviewed the x-rays of my knee and said it was totally "gone." All the natural padding is gone and bone is rubbing on bone, plus the sides of the bones are so full of arthritis it isn't even funny. I'm going to have to have a total knee replacement. He said I can put it off for a little while. He told me the discomfort of the present state will determine how long I can put it off.

My hands? They're in worse shape and he's referring me to a very well-respected hand care center, Kleinert Kurtz, in Louisville, which is about 300 miles from here. They're about one of the best in the country and our doctor has great confidence in their skills and care.

My hands are going down faster than my knee so I think I'll address that issue first, plus Glenn was told today he needed a total knee replacement, too. His is probably in as bad shape as mine.

I can put up with it a while longer but Glenn's knee is throwing his whole skeletal system off and he's having back issues as a result. He had major back surgery three years ago and we don't want to undo any of that.

Lemme tell you...gettin' old ain't for sissies.
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:04 PM   #2642
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Well, here I sit with a choice to make.

Saw the doctor this morning. He reviewed the x-rays of my knee and said it was totally "gone." All the natural padding is gone and bone is rubbing on bone, plus the sides of the bones are so full of arthritis it isn't even funny. I'm going to have to have a total knee replacement. He said I can put it off for a little while. He told me the discomfort of the present state will determine how long I can put it off.

My hands? They're in worse shape and he's referring me to a very well-respected hand care center, Kleinert Kurtz, in Louisville, which is about 300 miles from here. They're about one of the best in the country and our doctor has great confidence in their skills and care.

My hands are going down faster than my knee so I think I'll address that issue first, plus Glenn was told today he needed a total knee replacement, too. His is probably in as bad shape as mine.

I can put up with it a while longer but Glenn's knee is throwing his whole skeletal system off and he's having back issues as a result. He had major back surgery three years ago and we don't want to undo any of that.

Lemme tell you...gettin' old ain't for sissies.
No, getting old is hard work. I have a friend in Atlanta, her father had both hips and then his knees replaced. He is 90, and goes to work every day. And he is still driving. My girlfriend says if it weren't for his replacement parts, he would be in a wheelchair and living with her taking care of him instead of working with him. They both work in a family busness. He says the best thing he ever did for himself is get those replacements.
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:13 PM   #2643
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Glenn and I are about to make our quarterly trek to the doctor for arthritis checks. Since I was there last time, the doctor ordered an x-ray of my bad knee. Don't know what the outcome of this appointment will be in view of what the film shows. I just know it's BAD. I didn't need the technician to tell me that when she saw the images.

However, the arthritis that's been plaguing me the most is in both my hands, thumbs to be specific. I've lost almost all strength there and the pain is beyond description and I have a very high pain tolerance.

I think I'm going to have him address my hands before anything is done with my knee.
My left hand has become so deformed that I no longer can use the index finger or thumb. Only the last three fingers. I had to have maintenance put in new faucets that have those wings for handles. Like hospitals have. They are a God send. Expensive as hell though. They were very reluctant to do it until I demonstrated that I couldn't turn on the hot water to wash my hands in the bathroom. Then it became a health issue.
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:17 PM   #2644
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Yes, Addie, I know what you mean about how different our hands look after "Arthur" has taken up residence. I'm just thankful that I don't suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. I know how disfiguring that is and I can't imagine how excruciatingly painful it is.

Yes, my late husband had a hip replacement when he was, it was thought, quite young and it gave him an entirely new lease on life, so I imagine I'll experience a similar rebirth.
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:31 PM   #2645
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Yes, Addie, I know what you mean about how different our hands look after "Arthur" has taken up residence. I'm just thankful that I don't suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. I know how disfiguring that is and I can't imagine how excruciatingly painful it is.

Yes, my late husband had a hip replacement when he was, it was thought, quite young and it gave him an entirely new lease on life, so I imagine I'll experience a similar rebirth.
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Just kicking back and enjoying the fact that all my shopping and bill paying is done for the next month.
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It's been raining most of the day here. It feels cold. It's 3 degrees cooler than it was at 8 am at 4 pm. Just got done making a big pot of chili, maybe some grilled cheese sandwiches with it. This kind of weather just screams comfort food.

Addie & Kattie: I am sorry to hear about all the pain you have to live with on a daily basis. My knees are in pretty rough shape, after 30 years on restaurant cement floors it does a real number on them. ((((((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))) to you both!
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:05 PM   #2648
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Well, la dee da for you. I am going tomorrow with my scooter to the mall and raise hell terrorizing everyone.
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Well, la dee da for you. I am going tomorrow with my scooter to the mall and raise hell terrorizing everyone.
Sounds like fun. I wish I could go with you.
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Glenn and I are about to make our quarterly trek to the doctor for arthritis checks. Since I was there last time, the doctor ordered an x-ray of my bad knee. Don't know what the outcome of this appointment will be in view of what the film shows. I just know it's BAD. I didn't need the technician to tell me that when she saw the images.

However, the arthritis that's been plaguing me the most is in both my hands, thumbs to be specific. I've lost almost all strength there and the pain is beyond description and I have a very high pain tolerance.

I think I'm going to have him address my hands before anything is done with my knee.
{{{{{{{{{{Katie}}}}}}}}}} Gentle hugs!

I understand completely - my hand problems are in my thumbs and pinkies. And I am scared to go see my specialist about my knee because I think I have done some new damage to it. I too have a high pain tolerance and am going to "school" to manage what I can't tolerate, but the physio there has said my new knee pain is acute, not chronic and that is why it hurts so much. I know you are more worried about your hands, but please don't ignore what he says about the knee.

I will be thinking of you and Glenn with your appointments.
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