It’s official. I’m old.
Owie…it happened overnight. I took my sweet little grand-daughters to church, knelt down to pick up something and BAM!!!!!
Who knew that osteoarthritis would be at church!! It was waiting for me at church!!! What the heck?!! I couldn’t stand back up without making a horrible looking face and an equally horrifying sound……it sounded like an exorcism was happening in the back of the gift shop.
It seems that arthritis is going to get most of us..sooner or later. What is osteoarthritis? It is the painful result of cartilage breakdown.
On Monday I hobbled to the doctor to get an x-ray and that is when he gave me the news. Yep, I had stiffness, tenderness, warmth and swelling around my joints. These knees were popping and cracking like a bag of popcorn in a microwave.
The doctor decided to have an x-ray made of my lower back also…..yes…..it’s there also. Thanks for asking.
Now what? Basically, if the joints are swollen, the doctor can prescribe anti-inflammatories such as Advil, Aleve or Motrin. Heat for stiffness and cold packs for swelling. He told me that unless the pain was very severe, I should keep moving. I need to keep those joints lubricated.
Then I came across this….a new word that I had not heard or experienced.
KNINKLES….(knee wrinkles) Turns out, most of us will get these too….(unless you do what I have done for years and use a “neck” wrinkle cream on your legs…Neck creams are much thicker and YES….I DON’T HAVE KNINKLES!!! For more serious kninkles, check out Thermage or consider a ‘thigh’ tuck….or just wear pants.)
Here are a few “famous” Kninkles…….(via)
So….what’s my take on this new arthritic me?? Well…..I wouldn’t trade my smooth ‘old’ knees for ANY of these celebrity knees…..and my hubby? Yep…he STILL thinks I’m the bee’s knees!!!!