I have been a little down again lately. For starters, there seems to be no progress with my arm. It is no better now than before the operation. I’d have thought that there would be some sign of improvement by now, however slight. I could probably start riding again, as the arm is as functional as before, but I am not sure of my strength should I need to lift the bike up.
On top of that, my knees have been the worst they have ever been. They have been painful to the point of driving me to despair. I was becoming seriously worried that I would no longer be able to do my job, or at least that I would be unable to manage the field work. Walking over rough ground is distressing; climbing banks or even walking up or down steps is painful. Last week I was out chasing mosquitoes in the reserve behind the Moojebing subdivision, and it darn near killed me.
I had the knees x-rayed again. Then, on Monday, I discussed the results with the GP. The osteo-arthritis is worsening but in addition I have some other condition that manifests in shrinkage of the gaps in the joints and associated loss of lubrication. The GP said it would be some considerable time before I could get corrective surgery, though he referred me to a specialist anyway. He then prescribed me some new improved analgesic and anti-inflammatory medication. When collecting the prescription at the pharmacy I spotted 1500mg caplets of glucosamine for sale. 180 tabs for $40. Ouch… Glucosamine has a well-established scientifically demonstrated effectiveness so I decided to get some.
Starting two new medications at the same time is hardly a valid test of the effectiveness of either, but whether it is thanks to one, or the other, or both, hardly matters. Today I am already noticeably more comfortable walking around, and in particular going up and down steps. I went back to Moojebing to check on the effectiveness of my work last week, and found I was a good 60% more mobile than before. If the improvement is that good after only a day, I have hopes that I may get some relief without recourse to surgery after all. The very thought was enough to greatly improve my mood. So much so that I am going to polish the bike and take it for a ride next weekend.