Jerry Fletcher

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No Pain No Gain

No Pain No Gain

It wasn’t intentional.

She hit my bad knee from the side going full tilt. I dropped to the floor in agony.

I was angry but I couldn’t stay that way. She looked to be about 6 years old. She had to reach up to the handle of the grocery cart she had run into me. I was just in the right place at the wrong time. And having a couple trick knees simply made me remember why I no longer play football.

A frozen peas night

That was Monday. I live in pain because of bad knees so I know the drill. When a knee gets torqued it needs to be iced. It happens often enough that I keep a big bag of frozen peas in the freezer section of my refrigerator. It works better than trying to wrap ice in a towel and is re-useable.

You can get used to pain

Doctors always ask you to rate your pain on a scale from one to ten with ten being the worst. After surgery a few years ago the hospital staff couldn’t understand why I wasn’t administering doses of morphine to myself from the patient drip they supplied. Finally, my doctor asked why. I told him that the pain of recovering from intestinal surgery was mild compared to what I live with every day due to both knees being shot.

I’m used to pain. I live with it at the 6 to 7 level. That’s where it is every day. It hurts to stand up and walk. If I twist a knee the pain can go up to a nine. Think of having an 8-penny nail (a spike) driven into your kneecap. That’s what it is like.

A hitch in your get along

That kind of pain can make life difficult. It is hard to get around or even just stand around for any length of time. So, I’m looking forward to knee replacement surgery some time later this year. I’m only doing one at a time because I’ve checked with folks that have done two and it is highly not recommended.

Sleep loss and silver linings

Until I discussed my sleepless nights this week with a friend I didn’t tumble to the idea that pain might be why I couldn’t sleep. He was right. Wednesday, when my knee was still the size of a cantaloupe, I took an over the counter pain pill. Sleep. Blessed sleep. I was out for four hours, the longest I’d been in the arms of Morpheus for the week.

Because I don’t like taking any medications I steered clear of the pills on Thursday and tucked myself in about 11:00 PM. By 3:00 AM the muscles above and below the knee were screaming. The tendons now loosened by reduced swelling joined the chorus. I stumbled to the bathroom, found the Aleve and took one. It took an hour to kick in and then Nirvana!

The point

It all comes down to this: I’m paying the price for not taking care of my body when I was younger. The excuse of being “too busy” is not valid. Ever.


  • Put off exercise
  • Eat badly
  • Delay medical help

Take care of this body.

You only get one. Yes, I know there are spare parts. Yes, I know that technology exists to maintain and enhance our senses. BUT you don’t have a “Check Engine” light. Start getting an annual physical at age 35. If you have a gym membership, use it. If you don’t, get one and use it regularly.

Stay in shape and avoid the pain.

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I wish you good luck with your surgery and enjoy your trip to Spain. And keep strengthening those leg muscles in the meantime.

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

2 years ago #10

Ed, my friend. If replacement surgery doesn't work, I'll get on a plane and come see you or use slype as you did with Mr.Sanford. I'm headed for Spain at the end of he month. Tat is the reason for working out at the gym Monday to Friday. In addition, I'm strengthening my leg muscles and tendons for post surgery as well.

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

2 years ago #9

Worth a try Mohammed. But I think the ultimate solution is to begin putting in spare parts.

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

2 years ago #8

Ken, in this state it is legal...but I don't drink.

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

2 years ago #7

Jerry Fletcher for the knee pain, you may also try paste of ginger and garlic. Put it on knee and wrap it (for couple of hours) with cling film. Let's be healthy to make life more enjoyable! :)

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

2 years ago #6

More chance of me reading “War and Peas” than there is of achieving “Whirled Peas”, Jerry. But, hey, who I am I to smash the dreams and aspirations of all these Miss World contestants? 🤣 By the way, can I assume you’ve looked into medicinal cannabis extract? 🤔

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

2 years ago #5

Ken, I live in a state where the grass is legal but I don't have a taste for it. I plan to do the left one first because that one is the worst and it is my way to assure whirled peas.

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

2 years ago #4

Lisa, If only Whirled peas was that simple!

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

2 years ago #3

And one other thing, Jerry, when you eventually go in for the knee knockabout, I’d have them do the left one first. Then you’ll be walking ‘all right’ in no time. 🤗

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

2 years ago #2

I love and admire your stoic minimal use of drugs, Jerry, even though the pain must be excruciating. But there’s one thing I’d add to your list of life’s don’ts. Being a keen gardener with junky neighbours I’m always reminding them to “keep off the grass”. 🤗

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

2 years ago #1

Good sound advise from painful experiances Jerry Fletcher! It's funny how men (particularily) quantify pain - I even asked my brother (a doctor) once...he brought out this enormous tome all about medical definitions of pain. I'd done that because my hubby has Parkinson's and couldn't 'decide' if he had pain or not. Curiously, the Native Americans spooked the bee-Jesus outta their European adversaries in their first combats. Under fire by muskets and long-rifles, the Indians didn't 'drop' unless it was a kill shot. They just kept running. It took them awhile to get used to bullets being potentially deadly. Pass the peas!

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