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Offline bettyboo612

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Benefits of knee problems!
« 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 :-*
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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2005, 08:43:56 PM »
goooood idea!

you realize how for=granted you took your knees before!
*16 years old*
Left Knee:
Torn:PCL, ACL, MCL
SEVERAL dislocations
Grade 3 Chondromalacia
Medial & Lateral Meniscus tears
Plica Syndrome
Sept 14th 2005-(LK)ACL recon, TTT, menisectomy,plica removal

May 26th/06-Torn ACL(RK)

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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2005, 08:47:50 PM »
definately! :D

I think you mature a lot more, too. I have done.
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lateral patella mal-tracking in both knees
18 months of physio on and off
accupuncture & herbal remedies
x-rays>MRI>taping
Awaiting another appointment with specialist
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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #3 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
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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #4 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!

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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #5 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.
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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2005, 01:27:27 AM »
i have developed killer arms from being on crutches so long..ahah goodby gym days ;) lol
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Torn:PCL, ACL, MCL
SEVERAL dislocations
Grade 3 Chondromalacia
Medial & Lateral Meniscus tears
Plica Syndrome
Sept 14th 2005-(LK)ACL recon, TTT, menisectomy,plica removal

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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #7 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.

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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #8 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
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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #9 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.
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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #10 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
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Left Knee:
Torn:PCL, ACL, MCL
SEVERAL dislocations
Grade 3 Chondromalacia
Medial & Lateral Meniscus tears
Plica Syndrome
Sept 14th 2005-(LK)ACL recon, TTT, menisectomy,plica removal

May 26th/06-Torn ACL(RK)

June 14th/06-(LK)ACL graft recon, screw removal, menisectomy

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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #11 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
April, 2005 - ACL rupture, medial meniscus tear within posterior horn to articular surface, abnormal signal within lateral meniscus, partial tear MCL, bone contusions tibia/fibula, Baker's cyst.
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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #12 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
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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #13 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   
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ACL Reco May 05
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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #14 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.  :)















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