Rassafrassin’ Knee

I have regaled you all with tales of the fucked-upedness of my knee (and my ankle, and my hip, and my pelvis) and the Very Painful Therapy that restored it to a state of pain-free functionality. Oh, I was so happy to be free of pain. So thrilled. I hired a personal trainer and started with the serious working out.

But just because you’re free of pain doesn’t mean you’re healed.

I forgot that, and last weekend, I put down a new floor in my kitchen. This obliged me to spend a great deal of time either on my knees or bending over in a semi-crouch. And that put stress on my knee and on my hamstrings, which got veryveryvery tight because of course I didn’t think of what I was doing as exercise, so I didn’t stretch. Within three days, my knee was in some serious pain because of the damn tight hamstrings, and I had to leave work early on Thursday because I just couldn’t sit at my desk anymore. Friday, I stayed home and did research from my couch as I iced the knee. Saturday, on the couch with the ice. Now my back hurts because I’m doing so much sitting.

The good news is that the ice and the stretching/strengthening exercises I’m doing have helped — though the bad side of that is that it will take a few weeks to get back to being pain-free. In the meantime, it’s back to limping and having trouble negotiating stairs. Junebug only got about a 200-yard walk this morning because I couldn’t make it around the block (the pain is less diffuse now, but more intense at the kneecap, which was fucking me up). This not being able to walk is kind of getting in the way of doing the moving around I need to do in order to heal.

Aging sucks. In a couple of weeks, I’m going to be 38, and I really hope this isn’t a sign of things to come.

At least I’m catching up on Battlestar Galactica.

And the floor looks fabulous.


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6 comments for “Rassafrassin’ Knee

  1. September 10, 2006 at 2:46 pm

    Can I recommend two things? As a distance runner a year or so your senior, I swear by chondroitin/glucosamine supplements (not vegan, I know) and by pineapple — because it contains bromelaine (sp?), which does wonders for my joints. I have very vulnerable hips, and these really help.

    Yay for the fab floor!

  2. September 10, 2006 at 10:09 pm

    I think the VERY LEAST you could do is post a photo of the FLOOR !!!

    I TOTALLY want to see the FLOOR !!!

    I will post a picture of MY floor if you tell me how

  3. sam
    September 10, 2006 at 10:14 pm

    Tile? Hardwood? Something crazy like rolled steel?

  4. zuzu
    September 10, 2006 at 10:22 pm

    No, just stick-on vinyl tiles that had to be lined up just so.

    I have one last piece that has to go in under the stove, and then I’ll post pics. Obviously, I’m having trouble with the bending over right now.

  5. Ledasmom
    September 11, 2006 at 8:27 am

    Very sorry about the knee, but after having been through weeks and weeks of bad knees at this house I must advise you that the best thing to do with a bad knee is just shoot it and get it over with. You’ll thank me, I assure you.

  6. kate
    September 11, 2006 at 10:01 am

    Any work involving remodeling or construction is very physically demanding, hence the claim by many men that such trades should be the exclusive domain of men.

    Women always do their own remodeling, I just wish to hell more would do it for pay.

    Not saying Zuzu, that many shouldn’t pursue law as well. I am damn glad to know you are working where you are. If you ever have a remodeling question, please feel free to email me anytime.

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