Knees

The home of the people who hosted one of my recent family reunions has a sunken living room.  Up and down, up and down, up and down…  At one point I commented, “All these stairs sure are hard on the knees.”  Now, I might think it, but I should know better than to say such a thing; somehow it just slipped out.

And the 70-year-old grand-aunt who heard me said, “Just wait until you’re older.”

No, I didn’t scream or strangle her.  I thought how I must sound, viewed from her perspective.  I don’t think she knows about my diagnosis, so she must’ve thought I had no idea what I was talking about.  For a minute I was tempted to do a little RA education, but decided to just walk away.  Let it go…

I played soccer in elementary school, junior high, high school, and college.  I also enjoyed gymnastics in my younger days.  Those two sports, individually, are known for leading to early knee-replacements.  I don’t know if my knee troubles are from my RA or from my active past, but my next search will be PT exercises for the knees.  Input welcome!

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One thought on “Knees

  1. You’re very patient. I would have screamed or strangled her. I mean, simply *because* she knows nothing about your life and/or conditions, she shouldn’t be commenting like that. For all she knows, you could just have gotten a couple of knee replacements!

    Sorry I don’t know any knee exercises. I only know piriformis exercises (these are for the butt). Sigh. Good luck!

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