New Knees

Posted: October 26, 2011 by sneakerporndiaries in Uncategorized

Three years ago, I met with a very cocky orthopedist. I believe he was twelve, I was certainly old enough to be his mother. During my encounter with said cocky youngster, I learned I had the onset of arthritis in both knees. We did not have much discussion about measures to make changes, he was all to happy to do “needle therapy”…something I was not willing to participate in. My thought was numbing the pain doesn’t eliminate the problem (now THERE’s a book seller!).

Last summer, I met with a very round orthopedist.

He had the audacity to suggest I undergo gastric bypass surgery as a resolution to my knee problems. It didn’t matter I had been researching the procedure for quite a few months by the time this particular appointment came around. I was completely offended anyone in the medical profession would be so blatantly blunt.

The fact he was as round as I was at the time really chapped my chubby cheeks.

Yet, I had weight loss surgery on May 17th, and have been doing well. My knees still bug, especially the right one. So after jumping Jack with my trainer a few weeks ago, I managed to really torque my right knee. Oddly, I made an appointment with the round orthopedist for next month (because my sarcasm knows no bounds). I did meet with my regular physician and had an MRI.

I found out the arthritis grew since I met with the cocky orthopedist. From “onset” to “tricompartmental osteoarthritis” (plus some other stuff). I was completely bummed when I received the news. Although arthritis would have been inevitable, my carrying around so much excess weight (aka: severely obese) accelerated the condition. Total knee replacement isn’t an “if” for me, it will eventually become a “when”.

Proverbs 3 says, “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments. For length of days and years of life, and peace they will add to you.” In other words, don’t forget what you’ve learned. Put that which you have learned into practice, your life will be much longer and much more enjoyable.

Phil Cookes, pastor of South Bay Celebration Assembly of God, said once, “Generally speaking, obeying God and living by His Word will result in better health. But some of us will have to pay the price for wrong living.” While my knees are showing the price paid for living an overweight life, I can rejoice in two things: I’m on the right track now, and when this body dies I get new knees in heaven. 🙂

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