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Offline julsie

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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #60 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
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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #61 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.
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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #62 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

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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #63 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 ;)
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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #64 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
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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #65 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.
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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #66 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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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #67 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)

-July '07-soccer injury
- microfracture of the tibial plateau
- arthroscopy in Oct. '07 (remove torn cartilage and repair microfracture)
-developed AF but beat it (avoided surgery)
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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #68 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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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #69 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
February 9, 2006 Fell skiing, knee twisted.
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October 23, 2006 Possible reinjury
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August 13, 2009 Bracing my knee until surgery in January
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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #70 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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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #71 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!  ;)

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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #72 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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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #73 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.
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Re: Benefits of knee problems!
« Reply #74 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.
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