Jun. 3rd, 2011

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The old saying is that you don't know what you've got until it's gone. But I think as often you don't know what you've lost until you get it back again.

So a couple of months ago I started noticing that the muscles at the back of my right knee would be a bit stiff when I stood up from sitting a while. No biggie, a few steps would always set it right. It was just weird that it'd keep on stiffening up again every time.

I thought maybe I was sitting too much, and made sure I got plenty of gentle exercise. This hasn't been difficult: post-quake I'm walking a lot more than usual: an extra 10-15 minute walk to get to work, often a couple of 15-20 minute walks during the course of my daily duties, and maybe 10 minutes going home. Tuesday evenings there's an additional 10-15 minute walk to choir, Sundays about the same to meet a friend. None of this seemed to make a difference, but the brief stiffness wasn't inconveniencing me in any way.

Still, I thought, a couple of months is a long time. I was making plans to discuss it with the doctor next time I visit for my asthma prescriptions. And over the last several days it did seem to be getting a little worse. Not sore. But occasionally a tiny bit uncomfortable, briefly, until those steps had stretched it back to normality.

Mid-week, however, I had this brilliant idea. I remembered how, when I'd had a sore back, with tension causing pain and pain causing tension and everything going downhill from there, the wonderful pharmacist had given me miracle Voltaren. And I thought maybe the same cycle was in play here and could be fixed the same way. So I took a small dose (since it was only small discomfort) three times (for luck), and discovered I was right.

And every single time I stood up yesterday I'd do a double-take and then grin gleefully, because my knee just worked.


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