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post #21 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-23-2016, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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When that time comes, my plan is to trade my faithful Burgman in for a Spyder.
I need a bigger garage for the toys.
Never knew a 2 car garage for 2 people would be too small.

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Had to go into "urgent (but not fast) care" yesterday. Knee hurt really bad. X-rays show bone on bone where the cartlage is gone. A knee replacement will be needed soon, but I think we are trying injections first.

In the mean time, I am walking with a brace on my leg and a cane to help me around. Scooter is out, can't get my leg to stretch to be able to reach the ground and supporting the weight is out.

I started the day at 59 and think by the end of the day I felt as I was closer to 79. Getting old isn't fun, but I keep working at it.
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Sorry to hear that.
I'm 37 and lost my right leg 20 years ago. About 3" from the knee. Now UH200 is my daily ride. I would have gone for a 400/650 if the price is not too ridiculous in my country (>250cc cycles are considered luxury goods and have an additional 100% VAT)...
Where are you? I am often astonished at the prices Europeans pay for bikes.
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Since walking has been getting worse, I went to the doctor to look at options. He had another x-ray taken. Wow, knee has changed in the past year and a half. No cartilage left on one side.

Surgery coming up mid December.

Nice thing is that the bike is in storage. I should be pretty much healed by April when it is ride time again.
It is tough getting old.
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I have had a successful knee replacement on the left (tore a meniscus in my first high school football practice - in those days they just removed it instead of fixing/repairing it). I now have stirrings of wanting to do the right knee as well - it hates airports and malls and anything else that is acres of walking on concrete-like surfaces. They went back into that knee when some surgical cement broke off and jammed in the joint; but while cleaning it out they replaced the teflon knuckle cups so I am good for another 30,000 miles. Or so.

I trigger the security equipment at airports whenever I fly now, and I have yet to be allowed through security without the total wand-and-glove check and pat-down.

I think it is probably easier, from a healing/recovery/rehab point of view, to do one knee at a time. Also if they screw up, they only screw up one joint at a time and you can consider other options or other surgeons if that happens.

My rehab was done in a big room where others were also moving through the different exercise stations. There seems to me to be a benefit in the collegiality that this inspires. I was very gung-ho myself and pursued recovery with vigor. I bungeed my cane to my Honda Hawk and parked across the street in a mall parking lot while doing my hospital rehab 3 times a week. When I came out one day the bike was gone - it had been towed because the towing company had apparently snitches that watched for people crossing from the mall parking to the hospital.

Walking is good exercise I know but it is way over-rated for people without knee or hip cartilage. Once you get the replacements then reconsider getting back to walking - without pain.

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Walking is one of the things I do well. Sitting drives me nuts. Short drive for me to get there.

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Since walking has been getting worse, I went to the doctor to look at options. He had another x-ray taken. Wow, knee has changed in the past year and a half. No cartilage left on one side.

Surgery coming up mid December.

Nice thing is that the bike is in storage. I should be pretty much healed by April when it is ride time again.
It is tough getting old.
Glad to hear this news.
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I know the feeling. I just had open heart surgery to have a valve replaced. My 5th Gold Wing was getting too heavy to horse around, so a scooter was a good choice. I settled on a 400. My wife can't ride anymore. I am 79 years old & I think I made the right choice. I would really like to replace my instrument panel with white face dials. I have a 2011 400.Thanks for your help.

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Since walking has been getting worse, I went to the doctor to look at options. He had another x-ray taken. Wow, knee has changed in the past year and a half. No cartilage left on one side.

Surgery coming up mid December.

Nice thing is that the bike is in storage. I should be pretty much healed by April when it is ride time again.
It is tough getting old.
That's the bright side [such as it is] of elective surgery in places with real seasons... I lost two separate riding seasons a while back because I'd broken my ankle in each of those years just at the start of the riding season -- several months on crutches meant I recovered about the time the snow started to fly and there was a whole year gone. (Neither mishap was motorcycle-related, just simple slip/falls on ice.)

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Don't worry I hope that you get better soon.
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