No Driving – No Swimming

I have not been swimming over the last week. I have been otherwise occupied.

This morning I was intending to get back into routine, but on climbing out of bed at 05:00 I found my knees were knots of burning pain as soon as I put my weight on them. The trip to the ablutions block was excruciating, punctuated by rests on the seat of the walker, until I realised I could sit down and propel myself backwards like in a wheelchair. I need no further evidence that it is my weight that exacerbates my condition.

Climbing in and out of the lifted Landcruiser is also becoming problematic. Something else I need to think about. Time to change?

I brought out the emergency reserve. 30mg of codeine phosphate hemihydrate. Within fifteen minutes I could feel the effect. Bliss. Except now I am drowsy and thinking I should not be driving, even five minutes up the road to the pool. In fact going back to bed feels very attractive. Probably the safest and wisest option. I don’t know if there is any synergy between the codeine and Pregabalin but it feels as if there is. No good driving dopey.

Back to bed then. A null day.

Author: Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.

6 thoughts on “No Driving – No Swimming”

    1. My remnant professional knowledge of these things (been retired too many years) says much the same. Hard, I know … my father had crappy knee joints for years with intense pain but moving – when he could – at least slowed things down,

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      1. As it happens, by 09:30 I’d had a good nap and emerged like a butterfly from a chrysalis. Mobile, but stiff. I just have to be careful not to overdo it or I’ll be paying for it when the codeine wears off.

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  1. Our cat was prescribed Gabapentin (= Pregabalin) for arthritis a few months ago … didn’t stay on it because it totally screwed his brain and wobbled all over the place, dragging his hind legs behind him. As you will know it’s a non-opioid narcotic. Good luck with the medicines.

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