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Well, darn it anyway!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Today I walked my wonderful dog and we did some jogging. It's always a challenge with her on the leash because I never know when she's going to catch a whiff of something and slam on her brakes. Other times I'm glad when she does because I'm giving out.
I have learned something though over the course of this month about me and jogging. I don't think I'll ever be a full time jogger even though it feels great. Why? Well, it all boils down to my left knee. Back in 1982 I dislocated my left knee. By the time I had surgery many months later, the bone was sticking out to the left about 1 1/2 inches. Funny thing though, it never hurt. I had surgery in September of 1982 about a week after my birthday - the surgeon wanted to do it on my birthday but I said no way no how. How did it get to this point? Other than back in January or February of 1982 we had a lot of snow. The apartment I was living in, my car was snowed in. So my Dad came over and backed it out barely missing me who got my left leg caught in a snow drift. I backed up and ended up knee deep in snow and couldn't move. Naturally my knee started bothering. So finally in May or June I went to see the doctor who referred me to an orthopedic surgeon. The rest was history.
As it turns out my knee was screwed up to start with. I know my right one is but that's a different tale. The surgeon told me he was going to do an "open" surgery to rebuild my knee cap. You see it was too high on my knee, off center and everything was all out of sorts. So I had surgery. I have a nice scar across my knee as well as four "hole scars". I had PT in the hospital - they didn't want to release me because, as they put it "I was dangerous on crutches". I told them if I had to go up over one step I wouldn't be going there, end of discussion. So they released me on crutches with exercises to do. I was on crutches for 6 weeks - my foot couldn't touch the ground during that time.
What was hysterical was I was staying with my boss's three teenage daughters while they were on a business trip to China for two weeks. They lived in a two story house and the bedrooms were upstairs. My butt got quite a workout! I slid down the stairs and "scooted" myself up to the bedroom. The girls had fun laughing at the craziness.
When my six weeks was up I was supposed to walk with one crutch for another six weeks. Darn it! Not happening. As soon as I was able to walk safely that crutch was gone! My only problem is if you touch the right side of my leg I feel it on the left. I still have to watch out for bruised knee caps if I put too my pressure on it.
My right knee gives me hell - there's no way around it. I can't see the bottom of my foot because I can't bend my leg correctly because of that knee. So I can't see what's wrong with my right heel. I'm not a contortionist. Being diabetic that poses major challenges and problems. I can't even use a mirror under my foot to look at. So I have to rely on someone else to check my foot. Darn it anyway! My best friend in high school nearly broke my leg trying to force my knee to sit "Indian" style as we called it back then.
So my knee causes me trouble all the way up into my thigh when I jog. Darn it anyway! It feels good to run, as long as the asthma doesn't rear it's ugly head. Darn darn double darn. Sometimes you just can win 'em all.
Challenge - that's good. It makes you think. It tells you there's something here to work out. We all face challenges every day. It's up to us to make the best of those challenges and overcome them.
We shall overcome! We will win! We will do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Ramona, you never stop motivating me with positives! I have stopped jogging completely too because of mt left knee (btw you had that surgery around the time I was to be born lol). But I have applied your darn it anyways and now I can swim enough to be in the ocean and not touch the sea floor.

    Darn it anyway is definitely awesome! emoticon can=WILL
    1845 days ago
    I have a left knee and hip joint that gives me problems. If I am feeling good I will try jogging in short bursts, but I don't push it. I am trying to increase the pace and length of my walking though, and feel like I get a good workout without jogging. It sounds like you are doing really great though! Take care and enjoy your walking buddy!
    1848 days ago
    Run is something I am not good at .... I can walk rally fast but that jog/run also poses problems I'd rather not contend with .... I admire you for trying with all those problem areas ... wow ... Roc
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    1848 days ago
    Sounds like you had quite the ordeal with your knee, short bust of joging are good, take care of your body have a great week.
    1848 days ago
    Hope you had a nice jog!!

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    1848 days ago
    My dog prefers to run and chaes every bird she sees. It is
    a killer taking her for a walk in the summer. In the winter,
    she's outside on a chain. So not going there. I hear you on
    the knee issues. Just do the best you can.
    1849 days ago
    I can't jog due to asthma so I tie a toy rabbit on a rope (I use velcro, but a rope would probably be good enough) and kind of lope around the yard and driveway, making the rabbit bounce up and down. I am able to control my pace by controlling the bunny's pace and it's still great fun for both the dogs and me. If I'm really having a hard time, I just walk really fast, bouncing the bunny by making my arm wave up and down. Good enough. Sometimes I tie one end of the rope to a stick and cast the bunny out like it's on a fishing rod.
    1849 days ago
  • JAMER123
    Quite a process you went through!! I can understand that you aren't able to jog and with your dog, they can be so undependable with running. Always have to stop and sniff every blade of grass (at least ours do:):))

    Take care & let your body tell you how far you can push it!! Enjoy & have a great week!!
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    1849 days ago
    Wow, quite some adventures with the knees. Given what you've described, the very ability to walk and even jog in those small bursts is pretty darned amazing!

    And I totally hear you on the jogging along only to have your dog put on the brakes. I've nearly tripped over Buster on occasion, not to mention had my arm yanked when he not only stops, but U-turns and runs the other way.
    1849 days ago
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