Thanks all for your lovely comments Indeed I will keep swimming.
x-Rays are happening next week and I'm in the system for an MRI so we'll know more after those.
In Feb 2012 I swam the Midmar Mile in South Africa - the world's largest open water swim - and absolutely hated every moment of it. I've never been so terrified in my life and I had zero open water experience in the run-up to it.
Well, one should never underestimate the power of wine because I appear to have allowed MrC to talk me into doing it again
It did have a very nice medal at the end though....
Sounds like there are lots of WAISTers and their families in need of hugs at the moment ((((((((WIN))))))))
When we had complaints about Jasper pooing in our neighbour's garden, we took them chocolates and Lion Roar cat repellent . They're our friends for life now. Gifts work wonders in appeasing neighbours.
Sorry for my absence. Some of you will know from FB that I'm having a bit of a tricky time right now. My right hip has been getting worse for a while and crunch point was reached a couple of weeks ago when I had a lot of stress at work and found that I never knew from one moment to the next whether it was going to be my hip or a knee that collapsed when trying to get downstairs ???? The pain was indescribable and now regularly keeps me awake at night.
Long story short - born with hip dysplasia in right hip, under-treated in 1973 as was norm then so almost certainly have OA in there now to match both knees.
Saw the GP today to get referred for x-rays and MRIs so that we can talk prognoses, time frames, treatments (read - replacements) and a bit of planning for the future (research bungalow prices, think about going part-time for work, plan finances etc). Not quite what I thought life at 42 would look like but it is what it is.
There will now be no more running for me ever. It feels a bit raw at the moment but swimming is much better for my joints and provides a welcome respite from the pain when I'm in the pool. Frankly, running only makes it all worse. So I'm not sure how much I will be around in here but I wanted to thank you all for everything over the past 18 months and I would still like to be a member of the WAISTer family if you'll let me and hopefully meet some of you one day. Xx
Well happy Mondays everyone - I've had a stinking headcold all weekend and spent most of it on the sofa. Work continues to be stressful and I'm hoping to make a return to doing some extra swimming this week instead of running.
Fingers crossed for the knee replacement Nogs. Glad you have a date and I'm sure it will feel a lot better once the op is over. Is it wrong to say that I'm a little bit envious? They won't do mine for at least another 10 years and possibly longer so am trying to access pain management classes at the moment. But they don't fit them in around those of us who work full time!
My ex-hubbie moved out the day before Valentine's Day the year we split up....
My darling parents came over on the evening of Valentine's Day to take me out for dinner.
I'd forgotten all about it til you mentioned the day of lurve, Snaily. Just goes to prove that you do get over it and life moves on. Kinda wish I'd known that then though...
(((((((the FarFars)))))))) - sorry you weren't with her when she went, but am glad it was peaceful at the end.
Thanks for your wise words and support about swimming. I find it an easier activity which still gives loads of benefits and I am better at it than running. I guess the knee-thing is always more of a problem with running.
Yes, Spence - photo driving licence ID should be fine as it's not an international flight. I once did a women's only 10K in Glasgow with my (then) running club girls - it was a lot of fun. Expensive but definitely worth it.
Poor Dotty Dog
Sorry that everyone else is also having a bad time at the moment.
Chuggy - yes, discussions with the line manager will ensue but I doubt much will change, to be honest. And plan B is becomingly increasingly important. In the meantime, I may have to drop some running and do some more swimming in order to deal better with my stress. It's a bit complex to explain but basically the more stressed I am, the worse my knees are because my muscles all tighten up. Running like that is probably not a good idea and swimming is probably better.
But I have a fizz appointment next week to discuss it in more detail as seem to be going through quite a bad patch with my knees at the moment.