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Title: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: bettyboo612 on June 08, 2005, 08:42:09 PM

My knees are v.sore right now, so i thought it might be fun to start a thread where we try and find some benefits of having bad knees!
it's too easy to think of the downside to bad knees (and i don't think the page would be long enough to list them!!), but it might cheer people up to think of some advantages!

For example, i think that having to sit down quite often means that you notice the small things a lot more. You also listen a lot more, coz you're not rushing about.

 :) ;) :D ;D :P :-*
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: smiley196 on June 08, 2005, 08:43:56 PM
goooood idea!

you realize how for=granted you took your knees before!
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: bettyboo612 on June 08, 2005, 08:47:50 PM
definately! :D

I think you mature a lot more, too. I have done.
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: shadehawk on June 08, 2005, 09:25:14 PM
Hi,

I was a very active person before all this stuff happened. I rode horses all the time, quaded, biked and walked long distances everyday and loved it - BUT,

I will admit that since things have slowed down for me (I do not like the weight that I have gained), but I have noticed all the beauty on the trails that I walk on. I have really gotten into taking digital photos & if I get tired while on my walk I will sit down on bench or some steps and actually watch the river and daydream.

These are things that are new to me and I am very glad to have discovered them. I also am so glad that I have found all you KNEEgeeks....

Hugs,

Shade
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: kath on June 08, 2005, 09:41:50 PM
I think the best benefit of my knees is the better appreciation I have for people on crutches/in wheelchairs/wearing braces.  Having used all three, I understand how much longer it takes to do the normal things in life, and the challenges faced just to do everyday things.  Never again will I become impatient because someone walks a little slower than I do, or causes a line-up going up and down stairs!  I've walked in their shoes, so thank you knees for giving me that insight!

Kath
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: dubbin on June 08, 2005, 09:46:48 PM
The upside is that my hubby gets to do all the heavy lifting because I can't! :) Seriously though, really the good thing is that it makes you slow down and look. Two weeks ago, we went on a roadtrip that included Yelllowstone National park and you really see alot more when you have to take breaks. We did some slow hiking and got to see some birds and things because we would sit down for a while.
~Dubs
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: smiley196 on June 09, 2005, 01:27:27 AM
i have developed killer arms from being on crutches so long..ahah goodby gym days ;) lol
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Flame on June 09, 2005, 10:32:07 PM
I can hold my kids for longer. They come up and sit on my lap(most of the time my legs go to sleep) but I wouldn't miss that for the world. Their dad always says Why don't you take them somewhere?  I would rather sit with them and talk and find out what is going through the minds of my 6 and 8 year olds. We have sooooo much fun telling jokes and laughing and stuff. We point out all the really cool things outside. I feel like I'm re-living my youth and seeing a lot for the first time.
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: BionicGirl on June 16, 2005, 04:31:59 PM
I love that now when I go to the tube (subway) station and hear a train arriving, everyone else starts to run for it, and I cos I can't run for it, I just casually saunter down to the platform and wait 5 mins mor the next one. Its great not being in a rush!! You start to realise how everyone lives there life in such a rush - for no real reason.

I also loved that when I was on crutches I ALWAYS got a seat in the pub!! hehe
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: raquetball1 on June 19, 2005, 12:10:51 AM
I picked up playing golf pretty late in life and have always been a really lousy golfer.  Now, the other's in my foursome think my acl recon is inhibiting my swing and causing my lousy game.  Somehow they have forgotten I never did swing right and far be it from me to correct their opinions. :)

I used to stride out very quickly, looking ahead.  Now I walk more slowly and keep my eyes on the pavement to make sure I don't trip.  Finding a ton of change and, last week, a twenty dollar bill.  Sadly, I stood there holding up the twenty asking everyone passing by if they had lost it...found a taker. Sigh. 

Learning what it is to have to physically suffer and do weight work to play the game I love (racquetball).  Has to be good for my soul.
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: smiley196 on June 19, 2005, 06:30:40 PM
I have realized how important it is to talk out your problems and not keep them bottled up inside. ALot of people come to me for advice with their problems...some people who I dont even know and all that ontop of my own problsems really add stress....talking about it with my friends/parents helps tons
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Audice on July 02, 2005, 12:36:07 PM
I had no idea just how awful a knee injury could be or what the outcome. As I said to my OS, I can now do just about everything I ever did, but in a little different way. I can deal with that.

The very best part of this whole thing is finding kneegeeks. I'm on other internet lists where people are arguing & back biting & this group is nothing but supportive. There's such an incredible wealth of information to be had from all of you & from this site; it's so well set up & I'm so appreciative. I learned more from you about my knee than I did from my OS or any of the other medical people to whom I spoke. Thank you...Ellie
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: JenSinclair on July 02, 2005, 04:44:24 PM
The biggest lesson I have learned is that it's okay to ask people for help. 

I've always been fiercely independent, and still am...but it's okay to call my dad and ask him to bring a bag of ice...and to bring something from the kitchen for me. 

Hubby was away for the first two weeks of my post-op, so I appreciate him a lot more too.

On the flip side, I will also try to remember how horrible it is not to be able to do stuff for myself, and try therefore not to see it as so much of a chore/bother when I'm back to doing laundry, cooking, etc.

Peace,
Jen
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Alla on July 04, 2005, 04:08:26 AM
I learnt a lot about myself..... that Im not as patient as I thought I was, and that Im not as persistant as I would like to have been.... I've been forced to push my rehab.... which has been good for me to have to discipline myself.  I've also had to become accepting of the fact that I am not going to get over this reco tomorrow and that I will simply have to wait.  While all this is frustrating,I am greatful that I have learned these lessons I think they are life changing in a way.

I've also learnt to appreciate the healing mechanisms that the body has and to appreciate the way in which it works.  And probably the biggest thing that I have had the fortune to see is the way in which the body accomodates for an injury by learning how to deal with it.  Im continually amazed at the extent that our body unconciously works to avoid pain..... developing a limp, avoiding moving knees in directions that "might" hurt etc.  I've lernt to appreciate the power of the mind in recovery and rehab....particulalry of and ACL reco.

I've also made some new email friends through sites like this that help provide a fantastic support base.

Alla   
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: andypandy on July 14, 2005, 12:17:56 AM
The benefit of having knee problems is.... you have knees! I can guarantee most people without legs/knees would love to feel pain in their knees again. So when my knees hurt I think to myself, at least I have knees, and I am thankful for that.  :)
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Alla on July 14, 2005, 02:38:01 PM
Hi there
In a similar vein to Andys comments above, when I go to the hydro pool I often come across a lady in the pool whos confined to a wheel chair.  she gets in the water with the aid of a lifting machine and her friend tows her around in the water.  Seeing her in there, while I think it is great that she has a lovely friend that takes the time to take her to the pool like that, makes me realise how lucky I am to only have this dicky little knee.... it could be way worse. 
Alla
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: shadehawk on July 14, 2005, 03:02:53 PM
(http://images.google.ca/images?q=tbn:tU1MsGOI9qYJ:http://www.cuddlycollectibles.com/Teddy%2520Bears/Gund%2520Teddy%2520Bears/Plush/Musical/GU15227ChaunceyMusical14.jpg)
Hi, I have found that my friend here is a great thing to give people. It is almost like people turn soft or remember their childhood - something happens when you give people bears. Older people especially love getting cuddly teddy bears.

When my father was sick - he could not talk anymore because of his stroke. I gave him a gund bear like this one and he cuddled that bear and always had it with him....Everyone told me that was just crazy to give him something like that...Not So!! Whenever I have a sick friend or neighbor I make sure that I give them a bear or else a card with a teddy bear on it. Everyone loves bears!!

Hope that I did not get off subject...but I think that I notice other people much more now - and like making people smile - Bears Help To Do That.....

Hug a Bear, it really feels good...... ;D

(http://images.google.ca/images?q=tbn:tU1MsGOI9qYJ:http://www.cuddlycollectibles.com/Teddy%2520Bears/Gund%2520Teddy%2520Bears/Plush/Musical/GU15227ChaunceyMusical14.jpg) Shade
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: JenSinclair on July 15, 2005, 01:44:54 AM
My husband buys me a bear every Christmas...it's become a tradition.  This past year's is an especially cuddly Gund...he's been a good pal on my weepy days!!!
Jen
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: ProfLiebstrom on July 15, 2005, 05:12:26 AM
Most use i've found from my knee's is if I don't really want to do something but don't want to feel like im being a social leper or letting anyone down I say my knee's are doing really bad or something
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: yuntigrl on July 20, 2005, 01:00:43 AM
Perfect strangers ask me what happened, and after we chat they aren't strangers anymore.
Yunti
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Cari on July 23, 2005, 04:48:33 AM
The benefits to me of knee problems is that I now have a better appreciation for my life and all that I can do even with limitations!!

ALSO....through the KNEEGURU site I met my best friend about 5 years ago and I just got back from a weeks vacation visiting her home in a different state in the US!!!!!!! I could not ask for a better friend !!!! Just knowing I have support is wonderfull!!

Cari
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: newmom2afw on July 25, 2005, 01:45:26 AM
I am 24, and am scheduled for my 3rd knee surgery since I was 17.  My first 2 surgeries taught me to appreciate my mom more than ever.  She never left my side, and sat, laughed and cried with me.  This time around, I have a daughter to appreciate.  She is 2, and can be a handful.  Howver, knowing that I won't be able to care for her the way a mother is supposed to, has made me step back and remember to cherish every moment with her, even if it is a screaming fit!!!  Once again, my mom will be by my side as much as possible!!!
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: shiningwaters on July 30, 2005, 08:50:50 PM
After my injury and first surgery I wasn't able to give my daughter rides to school. I spent the morning with my younger son instead.  We both agree that we enjoy having more time together.

I have had to learn to ask for help.  I am a single mom with no family close by, so I have to ask for help. Sometimes AFTER the worst of it has passed.  I've had to endure family and friends coming into my disgustingly dirty house and clean it up for me..without judging. Not a pleasant process, but it wasn't the end of the earth either.  I've learned all about how I tend not to ask, I want everyone to know what I need.  I wait until I can't stand it any more and then make a big show about wanting things done.  Now I just ask.

 I've watched my wonderful daughter become aware of the needs of others and extend herself to be helpful even when every cell of her teenage body would like to rebel ;)  I always say thank you, and I really mean it. My younger son's acceptance amazes me.  He's ok with not getting out to do all kinds of things, and likes being home with his mom in low gear.  We still get out for soccer and dairy queen, and all the other really important things in life.

  Sitting on the poarch is something I never have time for, but now it keeps me sane. Tending to the flowers and enjoying their beauty gives me a big lift.

 There are good things, and there are things that really suck big time.  My ability to think and remember what to do has gone down the tubes, but then I don't have to worry about the things I didn't remember.  I feel like 65 at 50, but maybe I'll feel 50 when I get to 65.

 As you can tell I spend allot of time every day contemplating this subject.  I've gotta keep up the outfield chatter to keep stepping up to the plate. If something's not working, consider it's opposite, maybe it will work better.

Annie

Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: My Sister Sam on August 03, 2005, 01:49:43 AM
As simple as this sounds, the biggest benefit for me has been the people I've met, some of whom have become lifelong friends. This round, I've learned that there really are those who truly care about helping people, regardless of the effort, cost or otherwise. I had become so jaded by life, and circumstances, I really believed that people's bottom line was always financial, or there had to be something in it for them. I was so wrong. A lesson learned, a good one I might add! ;)
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: gdaddy on August 12, 2005, 11:04:45 PM
I found five dollars because everybody else was walking quickly along, but I was going slow(on crutches) and looking down where I was going. Find more money!
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: csangel on September 17, 2005, 03:21:13 PM
Finding KNEEgeeks has kept me sane!

knowing a lot more about what is gonna happen to my knee in the op and that there are other people like me out there is brilliant!
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: j_smi001 on September 21, 2005, 06:07:17 PM
With dodgy knees I have noticed that people don't ask me to drive them anywhere - great for going to the pub and more importantly coming back from the pub.  (Only no real benefit as I am tee-total).
Also I find that it is a good talking point - a bit like owning a dog - it normally goes 'have you got a bad knee?' (they have passed the observation test)
Reply 'Yes'
Q 'What's wrong?'
Reply 'Miserable malalignment'
Q 'Have I got that my knees click sometimes - feel this'
R Really I'd rather not..........

Am I just blessed or do others have this problem??
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: smeagol on September 24, 2005, 03:39:35 PM
lol, i have to say ive never had anyone ask me whats wrong with my knees.  maybe people are less willing to ask around here? the best thing ive found is how only 2 days of not being able to move without being carried (i didnt have a wheelchar of crutches for a couple of days after i fell) means you realise that every step you do take, even with the limping, is something many others would love to be able to do.  and you see just how much people care about you. 
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: smiley196 on September 24, 2005, 04:24:09 PM
Having gone through this makes you SO much stronger
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: My Sister Sam on September 25, 2005, 01:44:27 AM
Oh, another great benefit of my knee problems....

My sister moves into a new apartment what seems like twice a year. Because of my lousy knee, she no longer asks for my help! (http://www.terrapininc.com/Cards%20Note/Moving%20Day.jpg) Thank you, Sis!

Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: BubblyC on September 28, 2005, 08:19:49 PM
I think the best benefit of my knees is the better appreciation I have for people on crutches/in wheelchairs/wearing braces. Having used all three, I understand how much longer it takes to do the normal things in life, and the challenges faced just to do everyday things. Never again will I become impatient because someone walks a little slower than I do, or causes a line-up going up and down stairs! I've walked in their shoes, so thank you knees for giving me that insight!

Kath

Here, here Kath!  I second this.  I now have a truly new appreciation for anyone who is handicapped in anyway.  I like to think that I was tolerant before, but I know that I definitely am now! 

And to echo others who have said this, it is great to have discovered kneegeeks 'cause it really has helped me in dealing with the situation.  I think my OS and PT are going to kill me if they hear the phrase "Well, on kneeguru.co.uk there is a discussion..." again!

Thanks guys (and good thread  ;))

Smiles,
C.

Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Artemis82 on October 26, 2005, 04:49:03 AM
This may seem stupid, but I was never very athletic, and when I had my knee problems in middle school and high school I was able to get out of P.E. and sit on the sidelines. This made for far less humiliation on my part  :).
Laura
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: BridgetJones_uk on October 30, 2005, 06:27:09 PM
Mines a little bizarre, it has made me more patient and it makes me realize that somethings I used to hate like running and weight training, I actually love, otherwise I wouldn't miss them so much!

Lots of gammy joint love

M
xxxxxx
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: UCIGimp on October 31, 2005, 05:58:01 AM
I've really gotten to know a lot of people, people see you in a brace or on crutches and ask what happened, so you get to talking, and I've found that so many people have had knee problems.

I get killer parking spots now

Since I walk slower i get to see more things

No more lines in amusement parks

I've become closer to some of my friends, especially the ones that have helped me in so many ways with my knees (carry books at school, bring home my homework after surgery, come hang out with me at home when I couldn't go out etc)
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: SarahJane on November 01, 2005, 08:13:47 AM
Benefits of knee problems:

People show me their scars - but I normally win in the 'Cringe Making Scar Competition'
Complete strangers walk up to me and ask 'what on earth have you done to yourself then'
I don't have to drive to/from the Pub
I've learnt a whole new vocabulary and can draw clear diagrams about how a Knee works!!
I now understand the different effects of Narcotics/Pain Medication

actually - I'm a bit dubious about whether some of those are benefits!   ;D

S
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Flame on November 01, 2005, 01:08:48 PM
I have learned patience. I have learned how to be sympathetic to people. I have learned alot about myself and changed alot about me. I think that one of the most important things that I have learned is that this life is short and you have to make the best of it no matter what the situation.

Flame ;)
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Flame on November 01, 2005, 01:14:50 PM
I have also learned how to stand up for myself and not let people walk all over me.

Flame
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: csangel on November 04, 2005, 12:04:11 PM
I have found out how nice and caring people can be to me when I'm in pain! Also, how much i appreciate my mum's cooking!!

Lucy
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: lilrosie06 on November 11, 2005, 05:21:21 AM
Spend more time with my kids....

Donna
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: FindnNemo91 on May 11, 2007, 02:40:11 AM
Having an elevator pass for school all year round, not just for injuries!!

(at least at my school)


jak
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: stickshifty on May 19, 2007, 01:03:32 AM
Haha the first one that came to mind was that after our last competition, I got carried back to the buses by the gorgeous, delicious-looking drum caption that can play a snare. So beautiful....

And I definitely don't take the show for granted anymore and I actually wish I could be on the field instead of wasting away watching the practice from the top of the stands.
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on May 22, 2007, 03:48:13 PM
Some benefits!  Good parking spots.  Sympathy from total strangers.  I also have found that my kids appreciate what they can do a whole lot more.  They are also wonderful about helping me out.  Also a good excuse for not getting laundry done (our machines are in the basement.)

This is a nice thread.
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: FindnNemo91 on June 14, 2007, 04:15:33 AM
I never realized how much i took walking for granted, until i spent 5 weeks on crutches. The first day off them, it was so different than walking before.
    Another, i learned, like when i went shopping, i rode in a wheelchair, and when i went to try clothes on (to the best of my ability) there was someone in the handicap dressing room. I tried to get into the regular ones and got stuck in the doorway. The lady came out, a young lady, and just looked at me, but didnt apologize. I realized that day, dont take a handicap stall if u dont need it.


jak
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: kiddthekatt on June 14, 2007, 01:10:43 PM
I've come to realize that's ok to ask for help. I don't have to be Super Wife/Mom/Granny, I can ask for help and it feels good. I've also learned to appreciate everything that I am able to do and not get into a tizzy when I run into roadblocks. I've also learned to just take it one day at a time, I don't get into a rush, and I enjoy those around me more. Kneegeeks, to you I say a BIG THANK YOU!! Without you all I probably would have gone nuts, you guys have helped to keep me sane. I appreciate the kind words and the prayers from each and every one of you. Most of all, I've learned to appreciate life, and all that it offers. Be it hobbling around on crutches or sitting in the middle of my bed with my leg freezing off, I enjoy everyday more than ever before.

Angel

(http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u62/kiddthekatt/peekcat.gif)
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: lost77 on June 14, 2007, 10:00:16 PM

I like not having to make the tea at work...oh, and all that other stuff about getting stronger and becoming a better person etc as above  ;D
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on June 15, 2007, 04:02:45 PM
It's also nice when folks want to open doors and carry stuff for you.  ;D
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: TIBBAR on June 19, 2007, 05:04:25 PM
Patience, Patience and more Parience. Patience with my healing and patience with others who ask questions of you that you think are silly. Relience on others rather than always on yourself. Most of all I have found 4 WONDERFUL friends on this site that I never would have known.   CAROL
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Linds on July 05, 2007, 01:55:20 AM
What i've learned are benefits to knee problems..

YOu get alot tougher, it takes a whole lot more pain to make you cry!
You learn to appreciate the days your knees aren't SO bad...
You learn to be much more self aware of your body.. which is definately a good thing
You take up new hobbies to pass time
You learn that ice and cold are your friends, as long as they are on packs on your legs, not on sidewalks and stairwells
You learn that PJ pants and sweats are comfy...
you learn to appreciate comfort, nice socks, comfy shoes more easily at an early age.
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 05, 2007, 02:13:14 AM
Amen!
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: VacationKneeInjury on July 05, 2007, 08:42:30 PM
Here's my top ten list for the benefits of knee problems: 8)

10. My heart has been softened for people with disabilities.
9. I've heard from people I haven't heard from in years - and I've had time to contact friends/family I hadn't been able to connect with in a very long time.
8. My husband realizes how much work it takes to work full time, take care of a four year old, do the laundry, grocery shop and keep up with the house in general...and take care of the dog!
7. I've met some of the nicest people b/c of my accident...people I would've never met.
6. With all this time on my hands, I've been able to reevaluate my purpose and refocus my ideas on my career.
5. Great parking spots!
4. I'm much tougher than I thought.
3. I lost 20 pounds in the first month after the accident!
2. I haven't had to dress in heals, hoisery, and a dress in this 115 degree heat - as I can't go back to work yet!
1. Getting to spend time with my parents who moved here (to retire) three days before the accident.
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Berta on July 06, 2007, 01:21:25 AM
Some benefits! Good parking spots. Sympathy from total strangers. I also have found that my kids appreciate what they can do a whole lot more. They are also wonderful about helping me out. Also a good excuse for not getting laundry done (our machines are in the basement.)

This is a nice thread.

I totally agree here, our laundry is in the basement to, so the men folk have been fetching, carrying and working the machine for me, a real benefit.

The one I'm not sure about, as I've been struggling around trying to do as much as possible, my husband said to me "You are just like your mother" now as I've been complaining for years about her struggling to do things, and rushimg round after people, maybe a benefit will be that I'll let the boys do more............................................but I'm still working on that one.
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Berta on July 09, 2007, 09:53:26 PM
I can't be the only one (I hope)

One benefit of bad knees:
well having to go to regular physio means, that a task that I sometimes can't be bothered with in the winter, and get to busy to do in the summer, is now completed reguarly ;D


and



it's




making sure that the leg hair is blitzed before every visit ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: lost77 on July 11, 2007, 10:11:15 PM


hahaha  ur spot on western! good call!   ;D
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: TwoBadKneesUSA on July 12, 2007, 01:32:13 AM
Exactly rm185western! 
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Berta on July 12, 2007, 02:41:26 AM
Of course the down side is that it's more difficult to reach all the tricky bits, right leg no problems, left leg requires a bit of Contortionist action ;D
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: tanyap on July 12, 2007, 03:16:44 PM
i like this thread.

my top 3 benefits of a bad knee:
1. never being in a rush
2. not having to clean the oven
3. ive developed an artistic interest in anatomy as a result of all my hospital/physio visits and i now have a full set of body joint models in my bathroom :)
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: RickyHouse on August 08, 2007, 03:29:10 AM
well... being in the military i get time off from work and still get paid!..always nice.. i actually get to rest and try to relax instead of worrying about the yard getting cut and errands ran... and i get to spend some good ole quality time with my wife and step-daughter!
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: ceoshea on October 17, 2007, 12:49:12 PM
Your family realizes how much you do for them everyday when you can't do it anymore!
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Berta on October 24, 2007, 01:29:23 AM
When the injections are wearing off after a dental extraction, you probably have a better selection of painkillers than the average household. ;D
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: trainwreck on October 24, 2007, 02:40:22 AM
the scars make lovely conversation openers.    the braces prevent you from disappearing into the crowd.  it really teaches you how tough you are.  you learn not to let little things like an irritating little cold slow you down. sorry but bad cold bronchitis and the likes will still knock you on your butt.

OOOOh and if you are lucky you can catch thrush.  just ask Donna,  LOL  JK JK JK

what the heck is thrush anyway???  Poor Donna I shouldn't joke at her expense.  i was kidding bestest knee buddy.
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: julsie on November 27, 2007, 11:32:53 PM
hmmm benefits of bad knees hmmm let me think getting outta PE when i was younger before the operations. now i have had the surgery i think the benefits are people are nicer to you when your on crutches, never having to hurry, the scars mines are cool and learing to apprecite my knees and how i couldnt live with out them,  ohhh and my nice physio therapist
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Nikadi on December 10, 2007, 01:17:00 AM
My benefits are having an excuse not to go out clubbing (I hate clubbing with a vengence!) and to convince everybody that we need to go pubbing and to the bars instead, what can I say, they have really comfortable chairs in What? Bar, that's if you manage to get near them on a Friday night! Ha.
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Berta on December 10, 2007, 01:33:29 AM
Hi Nikadi, spoken like a true Essex girl there ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Denny (Formerly from Southend)
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: GemmaLeigh on December 19, 2007, 07:30:06 PM
The biggest benefit of my knee problems has been that I have an excuse not to go and see my partners parents. If he says he wants to go round to see his mum i can just say 'Oh my knee's really hurting, i don't think going out in the cold will do me any good'

Don't tell him ;)
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Liesa on December 31, 2007, 07:30:03 PM
one very nice welcomed benefit if i can call it a benefit, was when we went on holiday to florida in september i had to get the cart to departures whilst my family had to walk down, but the attendant who helped me called my family to the front of this ever sooooooooooooooo long queue to board the plane, and the other end wasnt so bad, then coming home always the worst bit at gatwick i was rushed through in a wheelchair to collect the luggage with my family and the attendant running us through everywhere, we got out of the airport in record time!! hubby slipped him a thankyou xx
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Army John on January 19, 2008, 04:42:02 PM
I suppose the benefit for me, especially during rehab, is realizing that it's not as bad as I thought.  While I may be in pain and going through a challenging time, it's only temporary.  Others have it a lot worse than me.  It helps motivate me.
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Jiauska on January 20, 2008, 03:58:30 AM
I'm thankful for the time my recent injury has given me to stop and reassess my direction and goals. It's also been interesting to see who my true friends are.

I too have so much respect for people who have chronic injuries or disabilities. As I was stuck in bed for three weeks feeling sorry for myself, I realized there are people who have to deal with much worse for their entire lives, yet are accomplishing even greater things. It makes me appreciate the health I do have and it's motivation to suck it up, be resilient, complain less and do more.
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Post by: MartinsGirl on January 20, 2008, 02:53:09 PM
Jiauska,

It's funny that you mentioned finding out who your true friends are. Someone who I thought was a very good friend (we were almost best friends) ended up telling me to stop complaining, suck it up, etc., when I was feeling afraid about my knee injury. I couldn't believe it, but it made me realize I don't need that sort of negativity around me.

Anyways, benefits of my knee injury?:

-getting a temporary wheelchair parking pass (It's been great getting the best parking spots. Especially around Christmas time at the busy malls, lol)

-being waited on by my boyfriend (for the weeks after my surgery)

-using my butterfly mettalic cane (I figured if I needed a cane, I may as well get a flashy one, lol)

-realizing not to take things for granted

-has made me more observant of the world around me (e.g. so I do not slip and fall when I walk. Or even just watching people, seeing them bend their knee past 90 degrees and feeling jealous, lol)

Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: embillma on June 16, 2009, 03:02:03 PM
A benefit for me was taking up some other hobbies.  I've gotten more into biking, swimming (since I can't play soccer or run anymore) and also have had time to learn how to knit, and have had more time to spend with family and friends.
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Post by: Jessyca on June 16, 2009, 09:42:46 PM
When I had my 2 surgeries I was in high school, and so while I was on crutches I got a pass to get out of class early so I could go through the halls before they got crowded.

If/when I have surgery this fall it will be my excuse to finally get a laptop  ;D
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: debbieo on August 21, 2009, 01:41:57 AM
How much my husband loves me.
No need to learn to just say no --=and accept I really can't.
I am unable to be quite so competitive. And thats a good thing.
Accepting who I am --not letting what I can do define me.
Setting goals that are accomplishable (mmm is that a word)
Teaching about the things I use to do--so more can do what I use to do.
That its ok to do the baseboards only once a year
and did I say
Learning how much my husband loves me
and me appreciating him.
Who woulda thought in my case bad knee = better marriage. :)
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Post by: BridgetJones_uk on January 30, 2010, 09:04:34 PM
Another benifit of knee problems was meeting my husband. I was lying in a hospital bed many years ago after my first knee surgery, and a friend of a friend came to the ward, who was working in the hospital. (Who then got in to lots of trouble with matron as I left then ward with him on my wobbly crutches for a decent cup of coffee - I had been there for 4 days!). 2 years later after another random meeting he got me home with an above knee cast and crutches from a dinner party after my third surgery and now 3 years later we are very happily married. He says its because I couldn't run away!  ;)

x
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: tony1233 on March 01, 2010, 10:22:21 PM
Some benefits, getting out of class early. I'm in my last year, and I set it up so I had a slack year, so the numerous doctors appointments and physio in the morning help me get out of some borrrrrringgg classes lol.  I got to make some great new friends, and the ride in the ambulance was VERY painful, but fun :P
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Post by: kscope09 on April 28, 2010, 12:40:06 PM
You definately realise just how fit and active you were before the knees went bad.  I am at last reaching some degree of normality in my daily activities, though I'm not where I wasnt to be yet for getting back into Karate.

having bad knees has made me understand what it feels like to get old and its amde me more udnerstanding of people who struggle to get about.
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Snowy on May 04, 2010, 04:44:35 AM
Understanding that a fit and fully functioning body is something that should never be taken for granted.

Gaining a new appreciation for the things I enjoy. I remember feeling so sad every single time I looked at my unused bike, or fresh snow on the mountains, in the aftermath of my injury. Now every bike ride feels like a gift, even the morning ride to work on a wet and miserable day. Even just walking feels pretty good when I think about the time on crutches. :)

Realising what a wonderful support network I have around me. My partner has been more of a rock than I can describe; my coworkers baked me a welcome back cake and fetched many coffees for me when I first went back to work and wasn't very mobile; and friends rallied around with offers of whatever help they thought we might need.

Learning how determined I can be when the chips are down. I've pushed myself through a really aggressive prehab program, and fought with the medical system pretty much every step of the way to avoid being left at the wrong end of a two-year wait for a consult with a surgeon. These things haven't been fun, but they've gotten results and it's good to know that I have the willpower when it's needed.
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Clarkey on August 03, 2010, 05:54:27 PM
The main benefit I have found since I had my knee problems is KG & the Bulletin Board. I can class myself as a KG veteran as I been a member since November 2003 and have only really been using the bulletin board on a regular basis since my fall back in October 2007.

I made so made so many online friends thanks to KG and Facebook that would not have happened if my knees were ok. It would be nice not to have had a problem with my knee in the 1st place but because I still have knee problems KG bullletin board have be a godsend, was really helpful when I had my scope, with many good luck messages.

I never wash my car since my knee injury and go every 6 weeks to some Polish workers who do a good job for 5. They polish and wax my car and for 10 would clean and polish the inside of the car as well as the outside. I could wash my car myself but could not clean the alloy wheels as you need to squat to clean the wheels properly.

Nick :) {2010} :)
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: bean11 on December 30, 2010, 11:25:49 AM
(1)TRUE friend yes GOODIE  SINCE 1978 still visits all the time helps me out heaps !!!!(2)1985 laid bike down my left knee helped me meet my wife Nadene ! (3)my 09ZX1400 is looking sweet ! (4) ZX1400 NINJA FORUM Helped me stay sane last 6 months (5) this place is keeping sane for next 12+ months (7) found new good understanding friends   ;D                                                 :D most of all !!! u guys no what its like !!!!
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: JuliaAnne on August 24, 2011, 12:36:50 AM
On days like today, when your doc says the problems in your knee are worse, but they don't think its fixable, its nice to find lots of other people dealing with similar pain and problems. I never realized that one fall could change so much, but three years later iv'e definitely learned how to accept new obstacles. Ive also learned a ton of patience and the daytime television lineup.
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: kneedadvice on June 22, 2012, 02:41:07 AM
absolutely none
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: CariG on June 27, 2012, 03:40:52 AM
 :) like many have mentioned, KG's for sure!!! Just over the past few days since I 'stumbled' onto the site, this has been an absolute godsend!!
My family....my partner has always been amazing and supportive, and there are days I could strangle him when he states the bleeding obvious, but I really do appreciate all the little things he does for me, and his support. My daughters, and the most precious is the time to sit up in bed with my granddaughter and watch movies that are either G or PG rated (reliving my own childhood) or just reading books together.
Spending more time with my friends....one has been on maternity leave, and it's been such a gift to share so much of this special time with her and her family...meeting some wonderful people who are so supportive, some are drill sargent, but the support, encouragement and positive energy is much appreciated.
Taxi subsidy and awesome car parking!!!
Better health....better fitness and arms that are starting to make Arnie's look weak!!  ;D
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: marilynjoy on July 01, 2012, 05:27:40 AM
 :) HEHE, yes the car parks!
Overall, I have found strangers have been so kind and helpful now that I use crutches !!
Lindy.
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Post by: silver14 on August 08, 2012, 01:02:10 PM
I have always been very independent and strong headed, never taking help from others.  So I think the most wonderful thing I have learned is to be accepting and appreciative of all the help I do receive.  I can say you get a new  look on life, and there are many good people out there, friends, family and strangers! ;D

Here is a BIG THANK YOU, for everyone who stops and takes a minute to help someone else  :).
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: ohsobright on December 10, 2012, 10:27:07 PM
Well, i think it's all been said......patience, slowing down to appreciate things, realising it's ok to ask and accept help. Yes i still have 2 knees! I have made some new friends and know exactly who i can count on.
I may not be able to run around with my daughter but i appreciate she has a beautiful heart, waiting for me to catch up and letting me win the race. It may have taken me longer to realise how lucky i am.
Title: Re: Benefits of knee problems!
Post by: Jasey122 on June 13, 2015, 05:00:58 PM
Appreciating all the things I took for granted