Ahh, in looking back, I see the computer went down just about the same time as I went to the doctor’s. To make a long story short, at the end of our visit, I asked her what she thought it might be (wrong with my knee) and she looked at me and said “Its probably just arthritis.” And then the X-ray added to that “significant moderate to severe osteoarthritis.” There is an MRI ordered, and an ortho consult ordered. But since I have to pay a part of my medical bills now, I am weighing that carefully. I am going to get a bone scan done, and I actually think going to a rheumatologist might be better than the ortho consult.
In the meantime, with that provisional diagnosis, at first I was dismayed. Because it seems there is very little that can actually be done for arthritis. But then I thought, well, make the best of it. And for whatever reason, I feel better than I have in a long time.
Here is what I am doing consistently:
- Swimming (at least 3 days a week, and for 30-70 minutes at a time)
- Taking motrin every morning, and occasionally in the evening if needed
- Taking my B12 every morning (don’t know if this helps, but my brother swears by it.)
- Doing serious stretching (this was Vicky’s suggestion for the knee pain.)
- Trying hard to NOT cross my legs. I know it puts pressure on my knees, but its a hard habit to stop.
- Walking twice a day, but staying with the shorter distances, and trying to walk where its more level.
So I’m not sure what is working the best, but I’m gonna stick with this routine until it stops working!
I am loving my new swim toys. I start out by using my water shoes to walk/jog 10 lengths (using my lap counter!) Then I switch to the swim fins, and use a paddle board to work my legs one way for a while, then ditch the paddle board and do my usual side stroke with the fins on. The fins do make me go faster, but they also provide more resistance, so I have to work harder. Finally, I ditch the fins and swim side stroke to finish out the session.
And (drum roll please!) Monday I swam a mile! I was not planning on doing it that day, but somewhere in the middle of the swim I realized I had gotten into that great place where you think you can swim forever. It all seems effortless and timeless. So now on to my next goal of swimming 2.4 miles. I think the main barrier here will be time. I am not a fast swimmer, so it will require me to stay in the pool for at lest 2 1/2 hours to complete this. We’ll see how it goes.
Next project: get on the bike! I got a bike rack for the back of the car, and yesterday I took the bike for a test drive–on the back of the car. I ended up never taking it off the rack and riding it! (don’t laugh, Lori!) I was nervous about the rack, and then the chores got in the way and I just never got it done. I am planning to ride it today.