Monday, June 15, 2009

I Know I'll Regret This

But I Had a Knee'd to Sit Down

I guess I overdid on Sunday again. My left knee was really sore. Or, rather, the muscles around my left knee and the ligaments of my left knee hurt a lot again.

It wasn't so bad in the morning, but by the end of the day after walking around the school building, it ached. Hard to explain how it feels, exactly, but suffice it to say I did not ride again.

And the bummer was that it was a beautiful day! Not too hot. Lovely breeze. Just a nearly perfect day to ride. As I said, bummer.

I need to do something about the knee issue, so I am considering my options. I do think I can get one more treatment on my insurance due to a rather complicated situation, but after that, I am on my own. I will probably call my doctor tomorrow to see what we can do.

Then, I am seriously considering surgery. However, I want to wait until the winter rolls in so I have all those miserable months to recover. I don't want to be sitting around with my knee unusable while the weather begs me to work the horses.

This too is a benefit of being retired as I also would not have to drag myself into school.

Meantime, the Boys were really enjoying the pasture today. With the breezes, the bugs were apparently at bay and grazing was a comfortable past time. I didn't go out to see how the grass looks, but with all the rain, there seems to be enough to keep them happy. I am, however, still giving them hay in their stalls, trying hard to judge just how much they will actually eat instead of strewing it all over. This morning, the the two flake apiece supply seemed just about right. Everyone had a little bit left.

I did close the pasture off tonight which will not please them. But there are predictions of heavy thunderstorms coming this way. I thought I heard some thunder before I went out for late feed but I'm not sure. However, with the radar map showing bad weather headed our way, I didn't want to take any chances.

This is the first time I can remember having so much mud this late in June. Part of the knee issue was from pusing the wheelbarrow through the mud to clean the stalls too. Even with my knee braces, there's a lot of strain slipping along in the goo.

I don't mind the cool and the rain as it keeps my classroom comfortable, but this is getting ridiculous. I think we have had rain nearly every day for almost two weeks now. And, at this rate, the swimming pool water at Crystal Springs is never going to warm up. Summer is about a week away and we are having April weather.

Strange. Global warming? The jet stream? El Nino? Just not your typical June, I fear.

10 comments:

  1. it's about the same as last june, lots of torrential rain in bursts..

    but what a pun.....!

    will you be able to get someone to help with the horses if you have your knee done in the winter?

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  2. Is the knee an ACL type of issue or a cartilage issue? I know full knee replacement is a big deal with a very long recovery period, but I do know people who have done very well with it and end up with full pain-free mobility afterwards. ACL surgery, if minimally-invasive, seems to work well too but then there's the PT afterwards in both cases.

    You would need help with the boys after for a while, but it might be worth it at this point - you're right about how hard the mud is on the legs. Our endless rain seems to be easing up somewhat, but more thunderstorms the rest of the week!

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  3. This rain has got to stop, first we had a miserable winter and now this. I saw the hail that fell in your state and couldn't believe it, we just had thunderstorms.
    If you are considering a knee replacement I can tell you it's not as bad as I thought it would be. But the PT is hard and there is pain for a few weeks. You would need some help for a few weeks too. It is hard to get around with a cane, but they give you lots of drugs to take.Good luck whatever you decide to do.

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  4. Thank goodness for the National Health Service here. It may have its flaws, but at least there is no such thing as "only being able to get one more treatment" before the knee is not covered by your insurance any more.

    C

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