That time has come again to see my arthritis doctor for my knees and man do they hurt now!! I have been getting injections in both knees for several years but the last time I did it didn't last very long at all!! So this time I will discuss with him about any other measures to stop the pains short of getting knee replacements for both knees!!
I've always said to myself "I don't want knee replacements," "I'll just go to my grave with the knees I was born with." Lately as I have gotten a bit older I think the arthritis has increased in both knees making the pains more severe to deal with on a daily basis!! As my family history goes for both my parents they suffered badly with arthritis most of their adult lives. I think my mom suffered the most... I remember her saying how much her knees hurt so bad daily but she could walk two blocks to church with no problems... Maybe she was walking and praying to God?
Then sometimes while I'm sitting at home I'm thinking because I'm the last child perhaps I caught all the ailments my parents had doing their lives?? It sure does seem that way at times!! However at other times I know it's the age that's catching up with me every year I get older!! When I joined the Army after high school I had a clean bill of health and could still run for miles and not get tired. I was on the track team and ran the mile run where no one ever beat my time or me!!! I even ran the 1/2 mile, 880 yards, and was only beaten once in three years in high school!!!
When I sit and think back on those days I feel now it has to be my age catching up with me finally!! After the stroke and five month stay in hospital I came home unable to walk for quite some time, meanwhile my wife had to push me around to my appointments and therapies for a few more months!! That's when the veteran administration decided I would be better off using a scooter for ever how long it was needed!!!
Ten years now and the scooter is my best friend for all I try to do and for the places I go on a daily basis!!! I like that instead of a WC so I can get off and still walk with a cane... I remember I'm left side weak or paralyzed so I may never be able to walk everywhere I need to go!!! I'm thankful every day I was 62 when the stroke hit me instead of much older!! It took away my ability to still bowl or run my Bowling Pro Shop with one side paralyzed!! I couldn't drill the holes in balls on the machine with one hand nor stand up long on one good leg!!!
I thought the monthly injections from my arthritis doctor would do the trick and it did until now so I'm concerned what's next for me short of knee replacements?? Anyway, perhaps some of those answers will surface in this next appointment on July 1st.... Looking ahead I'm hoping I don't get to the point of not being able to walk at all!!!
I'm not a sit at home person and my wife still working too! Heck, I would have to go back working at Walmart on my scooter again!! The manager has asked me "Do I want to come back??" at times when I go there shopping and run into him in the store isles!!! There is a Veteran hiring drive on now in most states for all Walmart stores everywhere so getting a job there should be pretty easy since I'm a disable Veteran!!
Well all those answers will come in due time so I shall know a bit more after this coming appointment in July!!! I just don't want knee replacements if I can help it because I hear so many complaints from those who had it done and most of them saying if they had to do it again they wouldn't!!!! Until next time you all, be good!!!!