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Happy Birthday darsjournal!! (tomorrow) It's been a treat getting to know you.

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darsjournal
Dec. 8th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It has been great getting to know you. You are a wonderful influence on me. Even so I haven't succumbed to SIMS but you have made it very irresistible! That swimming thing is making me jealous... except for the knee thing... ut I am such a wuss that I have to take my time getting in. I need to find an indoor pool up here.

Sorry I haven't been more attentive to LJ lately, but I do think of you as a friend and try to catch up every now and then
judith
Dec. 8th, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
I have to admit that the sims are addictive and it may not be a good thing...but it's cheaper than a lot of other addictions.

I consider myself a wuss supreme, to tell the truth. I take my time, working out the strategies, and I hate pain and I hate overdoing things. I'm really being cautious. Not that there's anything wrong with that!
darsjournal
Dec. 10th, 2005 03:50 am (UTC)
I totally agree. My strong allergy to pain keeps me in the same boat!
judith
Dec. 10th, 2005 04:47 am (UTC)
It's funny. Many people think I have a high pain threshold. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is one thing, though: I see pain fairly clearly. I don't exaggerate it in my mind(not usually,anyway). I think this helps me bear some pain that others don't.

There have been times, though, when I anticipated all too much, and the slightest little twinge became major pain to me. which is maybe why I whine so much in here about my knees hurting and so on. I somehow need others to know when it hurts!
darsjournal
Dec. 18th, 2005 09:32 am (UTC)
sorry to take so long to respond
I have had the flu or something for a week or so.

I remember in psychology class they discussed this very topic. The pain of a shot (injection) given to the soldiers was more than being shot by a gun... the anticipated pain is always stronger. But when it comes to knees and having injuries that need to be babied a bit... that pain is a good thing. It keeps you from causing more injury. When I am walking or on a treadmill I have to watch to keep my knees in good line with my feet.
judith
Dec. 18th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
Re: sorry to take so long to respond
That makes sense. That's also why it's wise to be careful when using muscle relaxants for muscle pain.

My joints are worn more in the middle than on the outside of the knee,so that makes my knees knock-kneed. It also makes it hard to do things that are normally done with straight legs. They can never be straight.

My mother's knees were exactly the same. But I don't remember her complaining about knee pain, and she wasn't one to hide pain. That's interesting to me.
darsjournal
Dec. 18th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: sorry to take so long to respond
Have you tried glucosomine and chondroitin sulfates? I read a book (The Arthritis Cure) that spoke the praises of these. At the time I had somehow messed up my knee and it was swollen to the size of a tree trunk. The GNC clerk I hobbled down to whine at handed them to me. The thing is it cures not hides the problem. I only take it occasionally. Well, until I started on Usana brand. My husband swears by Procosa. His hip bothers him often and when he runs out he gets on my case to order more. The one merit I see in our brand over those at GNC is that I can swallow these, they are much smaller.

Sorry, enough of the commercial.

Some pain we get used to. Maybe mom got used to the knee pain and it wasn't as bad as other pains that came on stronger and more suddenly? Whining is a practiced art. My daughter and I have noticed that whining gets you what you want occasionally... course she was about 5 when we made that discovery. One has to refine it as one grows so as not to sound immature. I have certainly done my share of whining since I caught this nasty flu. WHINE!
judith
Dec. 18th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
Re: sorry to take so long to respond
Glucosamine and Chondroitan are usually made from shellfish. I don't take things made from animals. But I did find a vegetarian version of glucosamine and bought it and took it for a while.As you know, over time it helps repair some of the damage.It isn't a painkiller and it doesn't work immediately. I have a friend who said it worked immediately but that isn't how it works,what it does, so what she thought was from the glucosamine was obviously something else - possibly just natural healing.

I know it would be good for me to take this regularly. For some reason I have such a hard time taking anything regularly. I might do it for a month or two or three but eventually I stop.

I suspect that if my mother had arthritis in her knees she wasn't feeling it. She told us always of her other ills,however often they struck. The interesting thing about arthritis is that it affects people different ways.I am sure that part of this is what we have just discussed - anticipation of pain - and part of it is probably just our personal body's response. My mother never weighed as much as I do and have, and she was reasonably active as a young woman. She may have had compensating muscles or something like that which balanced the damage to her knees. On the other hand, I know she had arthritis because it made her hands hurt, and my sister once said that I probably inherited this knock-kneed thing,that it wasn't arthritis...well, I saw the X-rays. But it may be that in her case,my mother's, it wasn't actually arthritis of her knees. I doubt we'll ever know. She's dead.

Whining. I sometimes just need someone to know! Even though I do not want sympathy, really. I don't know why this is.
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