The Anonymous Widower

A Brief History Of My Left Knee

In March this year I had an accident in my bedroom, which I wrote about in An Accident In My Bedroom.

I said this in the post.

It is now Monday morning and the first picture says a lot. Note the the mat by the step is out of line. It slipped, I then tripped over the step and hit my head on the basin. There is also an overturned stool in the bathroom, which I must have fallen on and this probably did more damage.

My GP  thinks I may have a blood pressure problem, so I am regularly taking my blood pressure, sitting and then standing up after five minutes.

But it seems to be behaving itself. If you want to look the figures are in Fighting My Way Through The Covids.

And then last Thursday, I nearly had another fall.

I was getting out of bed at about seven and rolled myself to my feet. I stood up and then my left knee gave way. As I hadn’t fully stood up, I was able to just sit on the bed. So no harm was done!

I didn’t feel light-headed or anything other than fine and I just went to the toilet, brushed my teeth and walked through to my living room and checked the computer, as I always do first thing in the morning.

This isn;t the first time, that my knee has done this.

It must have been in the 1970s, when the knee was doing something similar and I went to see my GP, who recommended seeing a specialist and having an operation. I didn’t.

Nothing much happened again, until perhaps 1980, when after moving to Suffolk, I went to see another GP.  He decided, I needed to do a set of exercises, which seemed to work, especially as I was doing a lot of horse-riding, which seemed to help.

Later, when I moved across Suffolk, I swapped real tennis for the horse riding and I’ve never really had any trouble since, until I moved to London.

One strange thing though, was I went to see a specialist fitness trainer after my left-sided stroke in 2010, who said strangely, that my left leg was stronger than my right.

Since the stroke, I’ve had the following falls.

  1. Two trips on Islington’s bad pavements, where I just picked myself up, dusted myself down and started all over again.
  2. In one, my knee possibly collapsed, I thought I was having a stroke and I ended up in UCLH.
  3. I rolled out of bed in a hotel in Strasbourg, when I was dreaming about my late wife.
  4. I rolled out of bed at home in another vivid dream and needed hospital attention.
  5. The recent fall, where I ended up in the Royal London.

I certainly feel that 2 and 5 are down to the dodgy knee, I should also say, that in all the falls except for number 2, I felt very normal, although perhaps a bit surprised and stupid.

These are a few random points.

  • As a child, I always hopped on my left leg.
  • A couple of friends have told me I don’t stand straight.
  • My left humerus was broken by the school bully and badly set in Highlands Hospital, so I avoid using it. Does this affect my stance and put pressure on the knee?
  • At times in my life, I’ve worn an elastic bandage on the knee.
  • I sometimes had trouble with my knee, in intimate moments with my late wife.

As the knee has never been looked at using modern technology, perhaps now is the time.




September 13, 2020 Posted by | Health | | 3 Comments

Having A Bath – Steptoe Style

One the funniest episodes of the 1960s TV series; Steptoe and Son, is when the father has a bath.

In this episode, amongst other things, he washes his clothes in the bath, whilst washing himself.

I had a mask that needed a quick wash, and as my washing machine has died, I thought why not?

So armed with some Fairy Liquid, the mask joined me for a wash.

Incidentally, I like to have a hot bath every day, as I have very dry eyes, that always get bunged up with sleep. An optician in Vision Express suggested the bath to improve my eyesight and it seems to help.

September 10, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , , | Leave a comment

My Strange Skin

As a coeliac, a stroke survivor on Warfarin and a lab rat for a medical research centre, I’ve had my blood taken many times in the last ten years. I also have several injections a year for vitamin B12 and a yearly one for flu.

I never need a plaster, as despite being on Warfarin, once the needle is taken out, the skin seems to shut the hole tight.

On the other hand on a typical night, I’ll lose just over a kilo in weight, whilst I sleep. I once spoke to a sleep expert on the radio and they said that was normal.

But the funniest thing that happened, was one day not unlike today for weather with rain about and not cold, I fell asleep on the living room floor in my underwear.

About half-an-hour later, I awoke and thought for a moment, that I’d gone blind, as I couldn’t see a thing.

I then realised that the room was full of water vapour, as if I’d left the kettle on the stove. But I have an automatic kettle and there was nothing on the stove.

So where had all the water vapour come from?

There was only one place! It had leaked from my skin and the temperature and pressure, were just right for the fog to form.

My skin is often very dry and I usually start the day with a deep bath, when I put my head under the water and irrigate my dry eyes, which an eye surgeon, once described as the driest he’d seen.

April 28, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , , | 1 Comment

Daily Bulletin – March 7th, 2030

I seem to be getting weaker in my left leg every morning.

Look at this picture of my left toes.

They are all dry with the nails in a bad way.

This second picture shows how the left foot is redder than the right.

I’ve noticed this before in my life and I certainly have a problem with my left knee, which I told my doctor about three months ago. As he suggested it, I now wear a support bandage, which doesn’t seem to help much.

Could it be that the reason I fell last Friday night was that the knee just gave up?

Blood Pressure

I’ve just measured it at 08:10. It was 132/47/75.

An Aside On My Physical Health

Every morning and evening until I had the fall, I used to do twelve sets of physical exercises; including press-ups, Superman stretches and arm openings. I used to finish by standing for twenty seconds straight on each leg.

I can still do the right leg for twenty seconds, but I can’t do more than a few on the left without support.

March 7, 2020 Posted by | Health | , , | 4 Comments