||[Jan. 24th, 2008|06:29 pm]
- I have photographs of Richard's Ford Prefect. I'm not sure they'll be very good (mobile phone) but I'll upload them later for those of you who enjoy such things.
- I went to the dentist's yesterday -- I'm going back for a half-hour session on Feb 7th and an hour on March 6th. One extraction and one root-filling-and-crown to be done.
- I went to the BSFA meeting last night -- Rob Holdstock is convinced we've met/spoken before but neither of us can work out when -- probably an Eastercon or Novacon.
- Having purchased some haggis for tomorrow, I now learn that at the Installation I'm going to on Saturday they're also intending to serve haggis.
- I have today found a poster of Donald Duck which makes it look like he's fisting himself.
How's the knees? Del mentioned you looked in a little difficulty going downstairs last night.
Left knee consistently and reliably okay.
Right knee is sometimes fine... and then sometimes it's a lot of bother. It's at its worst when it's load-bearing whilst bent or twisted. I can go up stairs no bother, but sometimes I have to go down stairs with the right leg kept straight -- so I put the right foot on the next step down and then bring the left down to the same step, because the right knee doesn't like bending as the left foot goes down onto the lower step. It halves my speed.
Also I can't corner sharply.
One day I'll go and get new knees, but currently they only guarantee them for ten years or so and therefore I don't want a new one until as late as possible. Artificial knees now are about as good as artificial hips were twenty years ago -- perhaps in twenty years they'll be as good as hips are now, when the operation is more-or-less routine in nature and you're walking normally in a couple of days.
It's at its worst when it's load-bearing whilst bent or twisted.
Same with my right knee, it just doesn't want to take any weight when bent. When stairs are steep I have to do them one at a time too, though I'm a bit more confident than I used to be. Also since my fracture & 2nd arthroscopy things aren't perfectly aligned in there anymore, and daily my knee gives 2 or 3 loud clicks from different places inside. There's still bits of loose cartilage floating around though it's otherwise stable, and I can cautiously run on it now if I absolutely have to. But I'd eventually like another CT scan to getter better idea of exactly what it looks like in there and see if there has been any further deterioration.
Don't know if you're taking glucosamine + chondroitin sulphate, but I can't recommend it highly enough.
Hopefully RH completely forgot the (only?) other time I've met him - as I was with drink taken at the time. This would have been some years ago but.
Having just had a root canal and about to get the crown this afternoon I think you'll have to sell the poster to pay for the dental work
(my wallet is still wincing)