Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I Don't Want To Quit
The Winkle family tends to grow very old but with arthritis so bad their joints curl up and in. I started to go through that five years ago and now it's really bad in my hands.
I gave up seed bags a few years ago and now I can barely carry and open up a bag of wood pellets for the Countryside stove. They ache all the time, especially when I bend them. I have tried what I thought was every cure and sidekick known to man but it really hasn't stopped the degradation.
At my annual physical, my good doctor said Ed you have good vitals for a man your age but you have worn out nearly every joint in your body. I think he has said that the last five physicals. He understands I am a farmer and have burned the candle at both ends for nearly 64 years. That wouldn't be so bad if I didn't inherit such extreme arthritis.
I don't like Celebrex or those kind of drugs because they make my heart do flip flops and I am not comfortable with that. I would rather have the pain, so I have the pain. Naproxen Sodium works pretty well so maybe you will see me in an Aleve commercial soon. I doubt that.
I don't want to quit farming or blogging or anything I am doing right now. My hands hurt so much I have to wonder how much I can take. I think they are going to hurt anyhow so I keep plugging along. I have an appointment to see a hand surgeon on the 22nd so maybe I will get some more ideas.
If my sports doctor could inject some cortisone in my bad joints, maybe I can keep going like I have been. I haven't been there to see him yet. My right arm has went to sleep during sleep and sometimes the pain is so bad when I wake up I want to cry.
Do you have osteo arthritis? I don't test positive for rheumatoid but my symptoms are similar.
I haven't met many people who suffer from this worse than I do unless they are 80 years old so I don't think I am a whiner.
I just don't want to quit.