– Monday Muse –
Dear One, it was during food preparation for Thanksgiving that I noticed, after long hours in the kitchen, that my right knee was complaining. Actually, there were times when it didn’t want to take me from one counter to another. I ignored it and forced it along. After a night’s sleep, it would feel better.
That happened again many times as I prepared for pre-Christmas, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and a final New Year’s gathering mid-January. The day of the final holiday gathering the only way I could move about was with a limp, and lots of pain, which I hoped I was hiding. Apparently, I had pushed the knee too far.
Still, I was convinced that if I rested it, it would improve. In earlier years, it always had. Perhaps it is different this time? I was not willing to think about different.I was not ready for knee surgery, or a new knee. That was something other people did. That is probably what everyone thinks just before they contact an orthopedic surgeon.
But still, I could not make the call. It might improve tomorrow? I iced, I stretched, I used a cane to lighten the knee’s burden. And at church, when asked about my cane, I often joked that I was using it for sympathy. That got a laugh, and I walked on, painfully.
I think that it is time I wised-up and made use of the expertise that is available. It is time for me to quit wishing my knee well. When I was young, oh so long ago, people would say, “If wishes were horses all beggars would ride.” For that I now have a twist, “If wishes could heal there would be no need for doctors.” Tomorrow I make the call. And if I learn that I will be limping for awhile yet, I think I’ll buy a new cane – one that doesn’t squeak.
Even to your old age, I am He,
And even to gray hairs I will carry you!
I have made, and I will bear;
Even I will carry, and will deliver you.
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