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Our dinner on the Muslim island of Pemba was "Chips and Goat" -- the meat was tiny, dried bits that we HOPED was goat and not something more exotic, so we cheerfully just swallowed it and ate lots of potatoes!
After literally spicing up our lives, we stopped by a forest preserve, again, seldom visited by tourists. We were given a "lecture" by the naturalist on all of the birds and wildlife in the forest. We paid for our tour and began the hike through a variety of eco-systems including a marsh, upland forest, etc. The path was a major challenge for this osteoarthritis patient as the guide easily stepped over huge roots, and ducked under even bigger (to me) low-lying fallen trees. We had a visit to an abandoned colonial sawmill in the forest; but saw only 3 birds in the far distance as our token wildlife! We stopped at another site for a brief viewing of the flying bats, but requested to continue on to the airport so we wouldn't miss our flight to the island of Zanzibar.
In the 14 years since I was "officially diagnosed" with osteoarthritis, I guess I've been quite lucky. Yes, I have nine artificial joints from the waist down, and I'm certainly NOT going to say the surgeries were my idea of fun - neither were all of the follow-up hours of physical-therapy - but yes, I've been lucky. I have only had minimal bouts of horrible pain pre-op and the fun of struggling to get a new joint working correctly, but the reality is, I was fairly ok.
A few short months ago, I suddenly seemed to be falling once in awhile for no obvious reason. This was rather strange for someone who had climbed part of Mt. Kilimanjaro for the SECOND time in January , as well as climbing in the mountains of Madagascar. I was there in February 2011 to photograph endangered animals - and I did so without EVER falling.
The pain in my left hip (yes, it's artificial) suddenly became excruciating with accompanying pain down my entire left leg. The pain in my entire ba...
Do patients with total knee replacements (TKRs) have trouble getting around obstacles? Are they more likely to trip and fall when both knees have been replaced? Researchers from the Motion Analysis Lab at the University of Chicago say "Yes" to both questions. They studied 29 adults with bilateral TKRs and compared them to normal adults. All TKR patients were pain free, able to walk and climb stairs, and rise from a chair. Patients and normal subjects had 20/40 vision or better. A special walkway was used to test everyone's ability to avoid obstacles. A band of light was flashed on the floor, and each person was to step over it. Patients with TKRs were 30 percent less likely to avoid the virtual obstacle. Type of joint implant didn't seem to make any difference on success rates. Researchers also found success rates went down as body weight went up in both groups. The most important factor in avoiding obstacles was the time each person could stand on one leg. The authors conclude that older...
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