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Old Age: Just What I Kneed

Those of you who were concerned about my knee pain can stop worrying: It’s just bursitis.

In other words: old age.

Bursitis is kind of like a beer belly, in that it’s caused by a buildup of fluids in a part of the body. Specifically, it’s an inflammation of the fluid-filled pads in the joints, in this case my right knee. I’m right smack in the most common age bracket for this problem, which was probably caused by the large amount of trail hiking and other walking we did over the summer. Often it resolves itself after several months, if you don’t go out and do stupid. The treatment? Rest and ice.

Winter is coming, so there’ll be plenty of ice.

I hate going out in winter, so there’s my excuse to rest. And to think, I tried to talk my wife into buying a treadmill for cold weather—thank goodness she’s cheap.

I’m taking this as a sign that I should do more writing over the winter months. But if I do have to get around, hey—a knee brace hidden under my long johns and a dose of naproxen do a world of good.

Brace yourself for another knee pun

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