It seems I have been granted a dose of humility; at a time in my life when I am graciously passing on the experience of staying fit into advanced age, I have been falling apart. Last time I wrote of the MRI of my shoulder revealing a loose body in the joint, and the possibility of surgery. Last weekend I was installing flooring and shelving in my attic, and did a lot of walking on rafters and climbing over ducts with 10′-2x4s and 1/2-sheets of particleboard. I finished the job and got the stuff jambing the garage into the attic, but I fell backward with one of those 2’x8’sheets, and catching myself before falling through the ceiling, could feel my right knee give it up. I either stretched the medial ligament, or tore the meniscus, but by last Wednesday I could barely stand on it. Before that, my other knee (the one I had surgery on a year ago) had swollen enough that I couldn’t straighten either one. So, that photo of me doing leg presses is probably the last one for a while.
At this point I am limping with both legs, and couldn’t possibly use crutches because of the shoulder. The only way I can turn this into something instructive is to demonstrate amazing healing. To make this happen, I bought a big bottle of Wobenzyme-N. If you haven’t heard of Wobenzym, it is a protease complex. The maker calls it a ‘systemic oral enzyme formula’; taken on an empty stomach, it gets into the blood stream and finds its way to virtually every organ. It knocks down inflammation and works to remove damaged tissue and promote healing wherever there is injury. I’ve used it often to help heal sprains and contusions. In Europe it is primarily used as an immune system booster becaue it can disrupt the protein coat on viruses and cell walls of bacteria to make them vulnerable to the immune system.
The general medical opinion regarding tears of the meniscus in the knees is that they don’t heal, and are always vulnerable to tearing again in the same place. I will keep you posted (that’s starting to sound old).