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Old 06-26-09, 06:13 PM
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falling apart

July 2 will be the 1st anniversary of my bilateral total knee replacements (yes, both at the same time). Last Monday I had a basal cell carcinoma removed from my neck. Today I found that it is likely I have a torn rotator cuff from an injury 2 weeks ago. My 56th birthday is July 8. Y'all think I will make it to 60?!
Aging definitely ain't for sissies!
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Old 06-26-09, 08:25 PM
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Am 76 . . . and ride 100 miles a week.
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Old 06-26-09, 08:28 PM
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When Thurgood Marshall, one of America's greatest persons, retired from the U.S. Supreme Court, he gave a press conference. A reporter asked him why he was retiring and Marshall said, "Because I'm old. And I'm falling apart." It was probably the best answer to a reporter's question I've ever heard.
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Old 06-27-09, 04:09 AM
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OP, do you still ride with the artificial knees? I guess if it were me I'd ride some, but not long distances and avoid hills.
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Old 06-27-09, 06:47 AM
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Originally Posted by ironhorse3 View Post
OP, do you still ride with the artificial knees? I guess if it were me I'd ride some, but not long distances and avoid hills.

My wife has an artificial knee, and rides. Her doc has cleared her for almost all types of physical activity.
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Old 06-27-09, 07:56 AM
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I had rotator cuff surgery Nov 2005. Had the other shoulder done Jan 2009. Had knee arthroscopic surgery April 2008. Had varicose vein surgery (both legs) June/July 2008.
I'm 64 and still riding. Repaired parts work better than the old worn out parts.
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If something is worth keeping it's worth a bit of repair.
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I hear ya, rhawkins. I thought for a while there that I was immune, but the past year has shown me that aging happens to all of us. The old bod ain't what it used to be. But I'm going to keep on keeping on doing the best I can and whatever it takes with whatever is left of me to keep moving. I'm betting you'll make it to 60, 70, 80 and beyond.
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Old 06-27-09, 01:12 PM
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I read an article the other day that that pointed out that most folks that make it to a healthy old age not significantly incapacitated had major traumas along the way. That's been my experience as well.

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Old 06-27-09, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by ironhorse3 View Post
OP, do you still ride with the artificial knees? I guess if it were me I'd ride some, but not long distances and avoid hills.
The new knees are great! They sure don't hurt like the old ones. I ride more than I ever did!

If I have to have rotator cuff surgery, I'm sure I'll get good results from it, also. I was merely feeling a little overwhelmed at the prospect yesterday when I posted.
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Originally Posted by rhawkins View Post
The new knees are great! They sure don't hurt like the old ones. I ride more than I ever did!

If I have to have rotator cuff surgery, I'm sure I'll get good results from it, also. I was merely feeling a little overwhelmed at the prospect yesterday when I posted.
When the going gets tough the tough get going now get out there and get going.

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Originally Posted by rhawkins View Post
July 2 will be the 1st anniversary of my bilateral total knee replacements (yes, both at the same time). Last Monday I had a basal cell carcinoma removed from my neck. Today I found that it is likely I have a torn rotator cuff from an injury 2 weeks ago. My 56th birthday is July 8. Y'all think I will make it to 60?!
Aging definitely ain't for sissies!
Major surgery both shoulders after years of chronic pain, bulging discs in back, astigmatism, stress fractures in feet, flat feet. Oh, that was my youngest daughter by the time she was 20. You just need to toughen up and be thankful for all the years of good service you body has given you.

Also, sounds like you've never read/heard the famous "Wear Sunscreen" faux commencement speech. Check it out. Talks about your knees too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTJ7AzBIJoI

Enjoy!
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