At Least I Didn’t Get Her Nose

Grandma Holton had a very prominent nose (i.e. it was big). She used to joke (and remember, she came from a much different time than we did) that her real name was Reba Cohn. Dad inherited her nose, really the only one of his siblings that did, and before each of us was born, he would pray that none of us got his nose. None of us did, although if I had, I’d have been OK with it. Dad was a good-looking man, at least Mom said so.


Mom was right…

Grandma also suffered from arthritis. She’d have her good days and bad ones, but always knew it was there. Between the arthritis and osteoporosis, she ended up pretty well crippled by the end of her life.

You’re probably wondering what this has to do with the price of eggs…

I’ve been having trouble with my knees. Part of it has to do with a BMI over 50 (no judgments, OK? I know it’s high), but the other day it got so bad that Mary suggested I see an orthopedist. I had my appointment today. Of course, they needed to take x-rays to see what was going on in there. Anyway, the first thing the doctor said when he walked in was “You have the worst arthritis in your knees I’ve seen.”

He gave me cortisone shots in both knees, and it’s made enough of a difference that I can walk pretty well again, and I would guess that it’ll get better over the next 4 to 6 weeks. He did tell me that I needed to get my BMI down to at least 40 before they can consider knee replacement, which I’ll almost certainly need at some point (plus, the weight loss will take lots of pressure off my knees).

Please, keep me in your thoughts and prayers. This ain’t gonna be easy.

27 thoughts on “At Least I Didn’t Get Her Nose

  1. I’ve had cortisone injections in my knee as well. They worked for me, but so did some weight loss (40 pounds so far). I have a knee that is actually not aligned correctly, off center to the outside. If I put my legs together you can tell one wants to go in a slightly different direction. A couple of years ago I fell down some stairs and actually fractured the kneecap and had to be in a brace for about a month. That was NOT fun. Hope the cortisone shots continue to help and might I suggest the Hungry Girl menus for some healthy eating that is not too difficult to follow. If you google hungry girl, make sure to put a – (hungry-girl) otherwise you get some interesting results LOL. Happy Thursday!

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  2. Of course! My best wishes are enclosed in this comment. That explains a lot of your pain. I’ve had arthritis pretty much all my life and it is painful, although I’m glad sometimes for the variations. I’ve had a lot of cortisone shots. They are not fun, but yes, they do help. I am so sorry you’re in this position, but relieved you have some possibilities in the ‘feel better’ department 🙂

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    1. I hardly think this will be the last time I’ll be seeing the doctor for this. I’m doing much better, but I know this is just the start. My stepfather had arthritis in his knees and they were able to clean most of it out, so that could be a next step, but I’m just taking this one step at a time. If you’ve had half the pain I have, it must have been murder.

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  3. John, take the best care you can.

    I’m having minor troubles with one knee. So far the NSAIDs are helping, but it’s probably from all those years of bicycling and carrying Rhodes 73 pianos on my own.

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    1. Thanks, Mark. Which NSAID are you taking? I’m taking (way too much) naproxen, which helps a very little bit. I was carrying luggage, a laptop and (until my boneheaded boss retired) boxes of training materials. Damn near killed me on more than one occasion. Plus my considerable bulk…

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  4. I was wondering if you had severe arthritis because my mom has osteoarthritis and my hubby has severe rheumatoid arthritis. The knees are worse than hips to get replaced and the pain you are experiencing is horrible. It’s also hard to lose weight when one can’t exercise much so don’t sweat it that you are more than you like. I’m at a weight that I thought would be my worst nightmare when I was younger. I do my best to follow my hypoglycaemic diet but it is hard especially since I love chocolate. Basically one stays away from sugar, starch and caffeine. Now caffeine, for most people, is gold but the other 2 is tough but possible……if you want to stay away from pasta, potatoes and anything sweet

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    1. These are all good ideas, and thanks for them. I’m going to take it slow, cutting out sweets and white foods and see what happens, while researching the keto and paleo diets. The rest is the standard drink water by the gallon and move more, which is easier when it doesn’t hurt like heck when I move. If I try anything too drastic, I know it’ll fail, because I know I’ll go stark raving mad… 80 lbs. sounds like a lot, but I don’t think it’ll be that hard if I take it slow and try to do too much. I have a better idea just how much suffering goes with arthritis, and I can sympathize with your mother and husband.

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  5. Hi John – it seems you know what needs to be done … 21 days and it’ll be a habit – so middle of October … you’ll be well on your way to that weight loss – and I’m sure will be feeling easier. Glad the cortisone has helped – take care … cheers Hilary

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    1. Before I went to bed, I consulted Dr. Internet and found out what I need to do (supplements, exercise, etc.) so I have all that in the works. I’m taking it slow and hopefully steady. Thanks!

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  6. I had one knee replacement 4 years ago and have never regretted it. I was using a cane before. It takes time but, to me, it was well worth it. Get a good doctor and watch out for Kip’s discounts – he may be selling you obsolete inventory!

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    1. I’ve been using a cane since the stroke, and I don’t expect that to change. When I told Mary about Kip’s deal, she said, “I don’t think they’ll let you do that,” but I figure it doesn’t hurt to ask. Still, it feels good that the pain is somewhat less (I guess the pain magically going away is a little too much to ask) so that I can function.

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  7. Hi John.
    First of all, I think your Dad had a very nice nose! Nothing wrong with it at all. Of course I do like different noses…
    On another note: I know all about arthritis and the pain and debilitating nature of the disease. I have it all through my body. But one thing I want to tell you is: Don’t be afraid of the knee replacements! It’s the best decision I ever made! My new knees are wonderful and I had them both done in August of 2010. If your doctor will agree to do both at the same time, I highly suggest it. Why? It’s a rough surgery and recovery. And I don’t know that I would’ve gone back for a second if I only had one done. And I heard that often while rehabbing in the pool. A lot of people who were there also post knee-replacement said they wished their surgeon had allowed them the option of doing both at one time. It might’ve been my age and the fact that I was so young that he let me do it that way. I was 47 at the time.
    I will tell you that I was regretting it that first week. I cried many times that first week. And I begged them to let me get in the water. I knew if they’d let me get in the water, I would recover faster. And I guess I was so insistent that they agreed and put me in the pool before my staples were even out. I did aqua-therapy every day six days a week, plus of course the physical and occupational therapy daily as well. After the first week, I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I essentially had to learn how to walk all over again. I think the quality of the rehab center plays a big part in ones recovery so be sure to research your rehab options. And definitely GO WHERE THERE IS A POOL! The water will catapult your recovery when the time comes.
    And just know: I didn’t go into this surgery some skinny-mini. I’ve been big all my life.
    Although I was really questioning my decision to do both at the same time, if I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t do it any other way. Feel free to email me if you want to chat about it. I know you’re not there yet but the sooner you can get it done, the better it’s going to be. I promise, my knees were in awful shape. Both of them bone on bone with the arthritis. And now they’re fabulous. I know how much pain I was in prior to the surgery and how painful it was to walk and to stand. I don’t miss those days…
    Will keep you in my thoughts.

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. I’m not sure I’d do both knees at once, mainly because the stroke left my right side weak. I’d definitely want to do the left one first and get back on my feet before doing the other. The doctor told me flat-out he wouldn’t even consider doing the surgery until I lost weight. I go see a physical therapist this afternoon to see if they can help me cope until then; I know they have a pool, and I would imagine they’ll consider that. I might have more questions, so I’ll be sure to ask. Thanks!

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