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I am relatively new to the 5th decade of life. With that birth of a new decade, I find that I am often no longer able to do things that I used to. I consider myself to be pretty active especially since I own four horses. It is very difficult to live a sedentary lifestyle when you have four horses to care for. In my 40s I would work on things at the farm and be amazed that “kids” half my age would whine about how much work there was to do. It always seemed like I was not going to need to slow down. But alas, my 50s have caused me to pay attention and slow down and my kids are beginning to understand that I just can’t do it all anymore. Keep in my my in laws live with us and my mother in law is in her 70s and still, until recently, acts like she is in her 50s. It just seems to be what we do.
Around 14 years ago I was an Irish Step Dancer – yup at 37 years old. Now if you’ve seen Irish Step Dancing (like Riverdance and Lord of the Dance) it is extremely hard on the joints and I already had knee issues before I started. But I was determined and my world revolved around dance. It was something I always wanted to do as a youngster and never had the opportunity until I was an adult – nothing was going to stop me. Well, that is until my legs just couldn’t do it anymore.
With a severe case of osteoarthritis in both legs, I needed to get bilateral high tibial osteotomies. That is a really fancy way of saying they changed the angle of my legs so there would be less pressure on my knees. These were major surgeries and really only buy me time before I can get knee and probably hip replacements. But I would never dance again. For the last 14 years, those joints have had periods of discomfort but really didn’t slow me down until I hit my 50s. Now, I find that I have to really really want to get on my horses. I am much happier, and so are my legs, just being on the ground and loving them. But I feel like I am shortchanging not only them but also myself. My kids ride them and other people at the barn occasionally ride them – but boy do I miss my trail rides especially on my big boys.
But I definitely can do something about it – and before it is too late for me to live the life that I want. Hit Play helps you to determine if joint replacement is an option for you. Do not allow your life to be paused – Hit Play and take control of your life! I know I am tired of having my life paused… All you need to do is find a physician in your area who you can speak to about potential solutions to your hip and knee pain, including joint replacement surgery. Find out more at TimeToHitPlay.com. I know I am anxious to get back to the things I love – how about you? Let’s take the Time To Hit Play!
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