Wake up at two in the morning with your head going 90 mph, and you can't
sleep. Your body crawls like you were in a bed of earthworms. You just
want to get up and go for a ten mile run. No sleeping. No shutting off
the deadlines, or the HoneyDew lists, or the regular list of things you
make for yourself?
Not restless leg, but whole body anxiety, like the feeling you have when
you just got missed by a car that was going sixty miles an hour. That
shuddering sensation. But it doesn't go away.
Was supposed to go to the doctor today, but when I looked, it was for
NEXT Thursday. Shit.
I've not had it that badly, but some times I do
wake up with ideas or bad dreams. When that happens,
I go to the computer, and post some more on AHR.
Coming up on the one month aniversary of my father's
death. I've seen and talked with him a couple times
in dreams, while I was asleep. Tough waking up and
realized it's just a dream.
Sorry about your father, mine has been gone for 25 years.
I am often filled with energy so I just put it to use.
I am usually up at 4am and do all my chores, post on Usenet and work on
computers in my basement workshop.
By 8 am I am usually good and tired and go back to bed for a few hours.
When I wake up again...all my chores are done and it's like it all
happened in a dream!
My wife thinks I'm nuts and she's right.
My father expressed that he never wanted a lingering illness
and at age 63 he dropped dead of a heart attack.
His diet consisted mainly of fatty meat. Though I was not a huge meat
eater...I decided to go the chicken and fish route.
Like I said, that was 25 years ago.
When I got my knees replaced 18 months ago I had to undergo a thorough
heart examination and they said I was in great shape.
Who knows, maybe my father's ill fortune saved me.
I actually went out on a job today with my roommate. I had converted a
D-Link DIR-615 Wireless-N Router, with a 4 port switch into an access
point for a customer who owns a restaurant where he and management use
iPads and iPhones in the kitchen area. I set him up a separate network
from his general wireless network used by customers and it's on his POS
network which is separated from the network used by customers. I found
the wireless router in a junk pile in an equipment room a few years ago
when me and JH were installing a T1 interface for a customer. The thing
has a 2010 date code on it so it was fairly new and I took it home and
adopted it until I found another newer castaway Linksys Wireless-N
router. I got down on my hands and knees under a desk to tie into the
back office network which caused me blinding pain but later we dropped
by a couple of stores so I could pick up items I needed and walking
around the first store hurt a lot with me using the shopping cart as a
walker. When we got to the next store I wasn't hurting as bad and didn't
have to use the shopping cart there as much for support as when I was at
the first store. Getting out and moving around definitely helps me a
lot. Today I'm going over to the house belonging to the widow of my late
friend GB to find out what's wrong with the central heat. Hopefully it's
something simple and won't cost anything to repair. Dang it's cold for
this part of the country. 21°F Heat Index 7°F right now at 5:15am. My
Yankee cousins laugh at that temperature and my Canadian cousins would
be walking around in shorts. ^_^
Last night, I went to bed with 6 inches of heavy,
bitter cold snow on the side porch. Not much more
over night (looking out the window at vehicle roof).
I can't remember what it is, but 21F sounds warm,
compared. It's some like nine degrees F, out there.
Does the cold make your aches and pains worse? Does
me, but mostly due to shoveling snow.
I am 64 years old, have had both knees replaced and I still shovel my
own snow by hand. It's -2F now and I was out there twice yesterday.
Time for you to get some better gloves.
BTW: If you think I'm industrious, I'm not. In the summer I don't cut
the grass and in the fall I don't rake the leaves...I let my yard have
that natural look.
From the time I first had minor knee problems until the time I needed
to get them replaced was more than 20 years. I hope it's only now that
your problems are beginning.
The 10-15 years that I jogged is probably what did me in.
I've done very little jogging and that was 40 years ago. I've had
arthritis for at least five years and getting wore, but I think a long
way off to replacement. My doc suggested seeing the Ortho guy for
possible gel shots.
Prior to getting my knees replaced I tried all other alternatives.
The Synvisc shots helped a bit and I probably could have gotten by if I
was not still working. I was a service engineer and the equipment I had
to work on required me to kneel or to climb most of the time.
They were very expensive and though I had insurance, for me they were
not worth it. If your insurance covers it ...it could help.
In my situation I had one knee with about 60% cartilage loss and the
other with about 75% loss.
I also got Cortisone shots and they worked even better, but that was
only a temporary solution as there is a limit to how many one can have.
For the most part, I was OK with just taking aspirin or Tylenol ...but
obviously I did not want to be on that for the rest of my life.
One other thing I did was to take a vegetable extract supplement called
Greek Island. I assumed it to be a scam but I was willing to try
anything...and it actually helped a lot and bought me one full year.
Those glucosamine & chondroitin
capsules did absolutely nothing.
I parked cars in Vegas for about ten years when the lots were short, and
they didn't use the electric carts and elevators of today. Plus running
up and down ten flights of stairs on drilling platforms. I turned the
corner the other day, and thought one of my dogs had given me a knee
shot from the side. It is still sore. One needs to be operated on, but
that was 5 years ago. It's the same one. I don't want any more
elective surgeries, particularly any complicated ones like knees. But
we'll have to see what the future holds. I hope my ticket gets punched
before I reach that chapter in my life.
I was pretty fortunate, I had both knees replaced at once because I just
wanted to get it all taken care of. I had an absolute minimum amount of
pain and between the hospital and the rehab unit I was home in 9 days.
If I did not have a lot of stairs in my house, I could have even been
home sooner. The healing went well but I lost a lot of flexibility and
was forced to retire from my job. Since I was unable to perform my job
functions and since I was 63, I got full Social Security disability
without the slightest hassle.
My doctor was able to perform minor arthroscopic surgery and get me a
bit more flexibility...and it's certainly a tremendous improvement from
how I was before. No pain meds of any type and I can be on my feet all
day and walk again. Well worth it.
My doctor was just a bit apologetic about the loss of flexibility and me
not being able to go back to work. I assured him I was quite fine with
it. After 38 years I was just plain sick of working.
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