Heather came home from work and wanted to know what I thought about signing up for a 401K. I went nuts! I said, “Are you kidding me? The most you can run now is a half marathon”!
I thought I would start running. It seemed like it would be a lot of fun. The comradary of my fellow runners would be great. I trained for and ran a 5K. I did it! My goal was to increase to a 10K and then a half marathon! I was so excited. Even my younger brother had lost a lot of weight and really loves running. What could possibly go wrong?
Two knee surgeries later and now needing a knee replacement I’m beginning to think it may not have been the best choice. What was I thinking? I knew I had bad knees to begin with but had seen amazing transformations of so many people who had lost a lot of weight by running.
Turns out I the meniscus was torn in my left knee. Terrific. Under the knife I go. The surgeon said I had what he calls an angry knee which is when the entire knee is swollen and inflamed. I don’t blame my knee for being angry. I almost destroyed it.
It was still pretty stiff a couple of years later but I could ride the bike now. Cool. Then one day I fell down some stairs and tore the meniscus in the same knee again! This time the surgeon had to remove the rest of the meniscus which meant I had no more cushion between the bones that connect at the knee.
He told me that if anything else went wrong he would have to do a knee replacement. Yikes! I know its much more common these days and once it heals there is no more pain in the knee but I still didn’t want it. Who likes surgery? I had my fill of them. I already had 11! I know!
About a month ago I was just walking across our living room when something in that same knee popped so loud that Heather heard it from across the room. The pain was pretty bad but I haven’t been seen by the doctor yet. I don’t want to. I’d rather limp until I can’t stand it anymore before I go.
If I’m going to have something replaced, how about my brain? My current one has not served me well. I take risks without thinking things all the way through. I’m far too impulsive which might have something to do with being married four times.