A to Z Challenge- Questions- H

My posts in A to Z challenge this April will be on questions!

Why my joint HEALTH is my biggest asset?

As many of my regular readers know that I have had bilateral total knee replacement done. That means that I have two titanium knees. How cool is that! Anyway in my case this happened earlier than it does for most people.

Ordinarily, the knee joint takes a lot of beating due to our constant use of this pivotal joint. And gradually over a span of sixty to seventy years the cartilages cushioning the bones erode and the ends of the two bones forming the joint ( Femur and Tibia ) start rubbing each other rather painfully whenever we sit or stand or walk for that matter.

I inherited a form of arthritis from my mom’s family that caused accelerated deterioration of my joints. By the time I was 47, I was advised knee replacement. I got my right knee replaced at age 50 and the left one at 53.

These surgeries changed my life and lifestyle. Admittedly, it was painful at first but after about 3 weeks, I was more mobile than ever, mostly pain-free, and was voluntarily walking, which I hadn’t done before.

Today I can walk around 4-5 miles a day, can do all my chores myself, and best of all I don’t suffer from swelling and pain in my knees as I did before the surgery. And it’s been more than 11 years for my right knee and 8 years for my left knee.

My desire to be independent and be able to manage my needs, myself has been fulfilled because of this surgery.

It has literally changed my life!







78 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge- Questions- H

  1. I am happy that you found relief from the pain, ma’am. ☺️ Often times we take our health for granted while chasing everything else, your words serve as a reminder to take care of ourselves. ❤️

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  2. My take away from this post is that: we must not be afraid to face our physical problems. Today there is so much that can be done. But it does take courage and then work to maintain the stability of whatever the surgery has accomplished.
    Your personal stories are helpful and encouraging to others.

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  3. I’m glad your knee replacements have really made a big difference for you. As you say, its a major operation, but it really sounds like a success for you. I hope you continue to benefit.

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  4. My husband was told to get a knee replacement in his 40s because his knee is bone on bone due to a football injury. He hasn’t! But he did go for a cortisone shot, which led to the facility use fee!

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  5. Hi Sadje,
    1) My grandmother always complains about her knee-joints pains!
    Then she like walking all the time, all the long far distances, ‘on her own’.
    She’s complaining for so long that her children stopped taking her seriously.
    I’ll tell you more about her – her real (biological) children lives little away from my hometown. She’s brought to our house ‘on her wish’ when my real grandmother left her husband’s home.
    My papa and his elder siblings were quite young at that time.
    My present grandma left her own children to take care of my papa and his siblings.
    Now everyone respects her. But her problem is not cured.
    She’s 85 to 90 years old.
    2) Second story is about a 14-15 year old boy.
    I saw him walking from main gate of the History department building to towards the inner classrooms.
    Me and my friends were sitting outside benches of the department at that time.
    I guess, this boy must be in relations to someone who works here.
    He had both legs artificial and his right hand too. He had no left hand either.
    You can imagine someone who’s born without hands and legs, but is ‘alive’.
    He was not sad or crying, but acting in a balanced way, normally.
    » I can derive different meanings from above two case studies. Can I compare them?
    Is it possible to fix the knee joint issue after 80s and 90s?

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    1. I would salute the courage of that boy. What an inspiration he must be to everyone around him. As for your grandmother, the knees can be replaced at older age too if there aren’t any other health issues. Only a doctor can advise properly.

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  6. I have a friend who has a disease that is causing deterioration at the joints and at 56 she is in a lot of pain, but she has other health issues that are currently preventing any joint replacement. I am glad you were able to have them both done.

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    1. It is unfortunate that your friend has other issues that are preventing her from getting joint replacement surgery. It is an expensive cure and can make a person pain free for many years.

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