Worn out parts
As most of you know I have been walking the Stations of the Cross on Camiguin Island for several months now. For those of you who are new here it is a path up the side of a volcano. It is .83 miles long and 572 feet UP according to my GPS. It is not really all that hard of a walk but it is very good exercise for me.
I try to do it every day but seldom manage more than 3 or 4 days in a row. It is a 12 mile drive and some days I just do not think it is worth the drive. Some days it is raining. Even though I like walking it during a rain because it helps keep me cool (this is a tropical country) it just takes more encouragement to get going in the rain. Some days I am already tired from doing other things.
I always try to take 3 Advil an hour before I start walking to prevent pain in my knees. About 2 weeks ago 4 Advil shook out of the bottle so I took all 4. I felt great during my walk. Too good in fact. I ran down some of the stairs. I was ok for an hour or so but then my knees started REALLY hurting. I laid off for about 4 days then walked it one more time. My knees hurt again but not as badly. I took a few more days off and was ok.
Today I took my standard 3 Advil and felt no pain going up and was fine until about 1/3 of the way coming down. I was on track to beat my best overall time from bottom back to the bottom so I jogged about 10 of the steps coming down.
By the time I got half way down I knew I screwed up again. I finished about 5:30 PM and it is now 1:40 AM and I cannot use my left knee. I have taken 4 more Advil, no help. I drank 2 wine coolers, (normally 1 wine cooler relieves my back pain) no help. I rubbed a lot of some menthol pain med on my knee. No help.
I have two hot water bottles here and I would try them but the cook stove to heat the water is on the ground floor and I am on the second floor. I do not think I can get down then back up the stairs. My gf had to go to CDO (Cagayan de Oro City) to pay for the roof for my house so I am here alone.
It is probably better that I am home alone because I tend to get very cranky when I am in pain and this is the worst pain I have had in a long time.
I think I have to finally admit I have worn out my knees. My right one is not as bad as the left and does not hurt now but some days it is painful as well.
I have to go to CDO to pack the rest of our belongings in our rented house there the last week of April so I will see the orthopedic doctor that took care of me when I broke my leg all three times in 2009. I will see what he suggests I do about my left knee to start with. I am guessing he will say I need a new knee joint.
Not much new on the house lately. The men are still welding the C purlins on that the roofing panels will screw to. We should have a roof on the house before the end of April though.