A Ray of Hope…

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.

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About Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.
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3 Responses to A Ray of Hope…

  1. Dev Dinsdale says:

    The first bit of your blog sounded like you were hastening to the proverbial “knackers yard”, you were all falling apart mate. I thinks the rest of the blog is ray of hope – good old glucosamine and some nice relaxing riding in the sun on your beloved Harley.
    If you drop your bike, you will just have to wait for help to arrive and DON’T try to lever the bike up by yourself

    Happy riding mate.

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  2. Fingers crossed it’s all up from here! The lovely days certainly help! :)

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  3. Pilgrim33 says:

    Mum took glucosamine with some other item added for several years at fantastic cost.
    The cheapest source was Pak And Save,
    I tried it once and there was an apparent lessening of joint pain.
    Just now I am trying abstinence from coffee to see what that does.

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