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Leaf Cluster, Decatur, Alabama

8/8/17

The Landing Area

Adventure Location:  Decatur, Alabama

 Saturday was an adventure of chasing Grandson Gavin around the front yard on two bad knees. It was an awkward event but both of us had a great time while the OFM lasted.

Sunday was an adventure of gentle bike riding that was very enjoyable to the OFM.

Very early Monday morning the OFM’s right knee would not work. It was the start of some miserable attempts at sleep. It will hold the OFM up if it is straight up and down but do not even think of bending it. The screaming will make even the ants go away at a high rate of speed.

He has been treating it with all the usual treatments used in his other knee events during his misbegotten life. It was not helping. Maybe because the injury was still too fresh. 600 ibuprofen tablets did not faze the pain and misery. Finally after much research on the internet the OFM decided to try a knee brace.

He gathered his money and keys, opened the door to the Castle and started down the steps. Here is a picture of the landing area where he hit when the injured knee collapsed.




Once again the OFM has to thank the U S Army Combat Infantry training for keeping his injuries very light. He actually rolled out of the fall with no injury from the impact.

However his left had caught something on the door and tore a triangular flap of skin up about an inch and a half long and an inch wide at the hinge.  Another small cut on his wrist area turned out to be just a minor cut once the blood was cleaned off.

It was back into the Castle on a bum knee and a less bum knee to administer First Aid. The First Aid equipment box was opened and it was almost empty! That is not nice. After lots of washing of wounds and stopping the bleeding, three bandaids (the only thing in the First Aid kit), were applied as compression bandages. It worked and we set off for Walmart for First Aid supplies and a knee brace.




We were in the store for a few minutes when a nice employee asked if he could help. The OFM explained his need. The nice employee lifted his pants legs to show he always had a knee brace on each leg. Then he helped the OFM choose a good model in the correct size. The OFM sat down on a nearby bench and put the brace on RIGHT NOW. It immediately gave some relief to lateral movement pain.

After that the OFM went to another aisle and resupplied the First Aid Cabinet. Then the Teams headed for the Castle.




Then in the late afternoon the UPS finally delivered the new to him used golf putter the OFM ordered last week. So now the OFM is like a kid looking at a Christmas present that got opened but he has to wait to play with it.

And that is how the OFM has been trying to have tooooo much fun lately!

13 comments:

  1. Maybe its time you think about total knee replacement. It's not fun but let me tell you I would do it again to be rid of that horrible pain and falling down.

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  2. That is exactly why i never do anything on a MONday.

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  3. Hi, Barney. Thank you for letting us know what goes on. I am so glad to know that you are there with those kids of yours. That knee brace sounds like a great idea. Maybe you need to get another one, and wear them all the time. As to what Jo above said,
    you explained to me years ago that, because of the particular issue with your knees, you are not a candidate for surgery to replace them. Too bad. My Old Man and I must keep the bandaids handy; we both are constantly getting banged up by doors that have shrunk, etc. I really recommend NexCare brand. The bandages come in different sizes and do not come off in water. Sure hope you are able to play in short order!

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  4. what is the brand of your knee brace? Thanks

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  5. May I suggest a cane/walking stick. They are great for up-n-down stairs and steps. That is how I use one for my pair of bum knees. The cane keeps me off the floor when either knee decide to give out on me while walking or stepping up or down.

    The other item you might look into is a TENS unit. Zapping the joint to relieve the pain has been very helpful in getting me back on my feet when I do something like "having tooooo much fun".

    Go have some more fun! And give the cuties a hug for me!

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    1. Right now I use an upside down golf putter for a hobbling along stick. The bottom of the putter head fits my hand perfectly while the rubber grip end grips the surfaces well.

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  6. As soon as I saw the title and thumbnail I knew what had happened! Glad it wasn't worse than it was. Years ago my dad did something similar when he stepped out of their high-off-the-ground class-C only to discover that the fancy automatic steps didn't automatic. It wasn't pretty but the worst part for him was his hair getting mussed up. (He had a thing about his hair. . .)

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  7. I'm glad to hear you didn't break anything important when you fell out of your trailer. It looks like I will have to put in an elevator if you want to get in and out of my Arctic Fox, and it appears like getting into my truck is out of the question.

    Hope you're not in tooooo much pain.
    Tom

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    1. The fall did not cause any more significant pain. The damaged knee that caused the fall is still the main pain problem.

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  8. I wore one of those braces before I had my knee replacements. They help. But not as much as the replacements did. I wish you could follow that path.

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  9. My balance is also off - comes with age. What can you do but go with it. Add some liquid skin to your kit - it stings but seals a cut better than a band aid.
    best of luck
    the Ol'Buzzard

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  10. Hello Barney, I'm glad you didn't hurt yourself too bad falling like that. Sounds like you have some thoughtful planning in your future. Be safe.

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