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Old 10-09-06, 03:51 PM   #1
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All clear - and extra good news

Got the all-clear from the doctor today. No more cracked kneecap on the X-ray! He also expressed amazement that I don't suffer from chronic knee pain and arthritis since my kneecaps are "catty whompus". Not being quite up to date with such technical medical jargon, he explained that my kneecaps are out of alignment. He showed me how they are supposed to line up a certain way on the x-ray and mine...don't!

What was way cool was that he said my lack of pain is due to the tolerance of an elite athlete (or some other such nonsense, but it made my 50-year-old heart jump for joy!). I know that sounds braggy, but I really don't mean it to. I'm about as elite an athlete as...well, any other person who prefers moving to deteriorating. Had severe scoliosis as a kid, so a big chunk of my spine is fused (T11-L4). Over the years I've been offered enough pain killers to stock a pharmacy - but I always go back to the realization that I know my body, and I can "cure" what ails it painwise by getting off my behind. I just have to be systematic, patient, and smart about it.

What it is testimony to is that keeping strong is the way to go. The doctor said I could start exercising again "as tolerated". Didn't tell him dauphin and I did 20 miles Sat. and another 20 Sunday.

Get busy living or get busy dying, as Tim Robbins says in Shawshank Redemption!
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Old 10-09-06, 04:37 PM   #2
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Good news on the knee front- Don't push it too hard too soon as Dauphin has not been riding too much recently- and I don't want you wearing him out.

If you don't know about it- get the quad muscles built up a bit before you start to put long milage in. They have not been too active recently so use them as an excuse to keep the rides shorter.
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Old 10-09-06, 05:27 PM   #3
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Great news!

When I had my "brain surgery" (don't laugh, and no derogatory comments, pls), the docs were absolutely amazed that I walked two miles the morning after the surgery, and I was only one of two persons in their experience with that procedure to get out of the hospital the very next day. I was about 62-63.

Lately, my wife's knee is so bad that she can only walk for short distances without an expensive brace. But she can bicycle 15-20 miles.

But, do take it easy.
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Old 10-09-06, 05:31 PM   #4
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- very glad to read the good news and i'm sure you are more than just relieved... i don't know what i'd do if i couldn't get on the bike for any period longer than a week...

- when i read about others' problems (such as Sheldon Brown's) it makes my problems seem inconsequential...
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Old 10-09-06, 06:24 PM   #5
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Your news really is good! I'm glad for you. Don't start off too hard, I wouldn't want Dauphin to harm himself trying to keep up with you!!
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Old 10-09-06, 06:29 PM   #6
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Great news!! I really got a chuckle out of your already riding 20 miles. It's amazing how we generally know what our bodies will tolerate, isn't it?
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Old 10-09-06, 06:52 PM   #7
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I am deeply touched for everyone's concern . . . about Dauphin.
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Gotta say that is great news but don't overdue and undo it. My best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.
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Old 10-09-06, 09:00 PM   #9
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Great to hear of your recovery. You may enjoy the miles even more. And enjoy the pie.
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Originally Posted by seafoam
I always go back to the realization that I know my body, and I can "cure" what ails it painwise by getting off my behind. I just have to be systematic, patient, and smart about it . . . What it is testimony to is that keeping strong is the way to go.
Great news, and a terrific attitude. May you keep it steady and strong on the road to recovery!
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Old 10-10-06, 10:18 AM   #12
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Good news, it is always great to get back into things after a layoff. You tend to appreciate the things you can't do when you can't do them.
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