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!