Knees and Tidy Drawers….

Apologies, I have been sulking. I have been sulking because my knees hurt. One aches due to previous dog related incidents, and the other knee feels like it has a penknife lodged in it – not that I have any experience of actually having a penknife lodged in my knee. I spoke to my doctor several weeks ago and he used the word ‘tear’ and the phrase ‘floating fibres’, which made me switch off from everything else he was saying. I am rather squeamish about blood, bones, and suchlike, for example to my ear the word ‘cartilage’ is akin to fingernails on a chalkboard – it makes me shudder. And all those anatomical graphic diagrams of knees – ick, no, can’t look at them. Knees should just work and get on with what they’re supposed to be doing, they shouldn’t be whinging and whining and hurting for no justifiable reason – they should stay under the cover of a decent pair of jeans, behave themselves, and be grateful for a swipe of body lotion and the occasional rub. Don’t I have enough drama from the wonky jaw????
Anyhow, the pain has made me grumpy, and rather unsociable.

To pass the time, whilst sulking, I have been resting, and reading, and also sorting out my drawers. I have found some interesting bits and pieces dating back to 1938, which I will regale you with in future posts, but today I have something far more recent….

Yes, it’s a little hand stitched booklet made by our very own Dinah back in 2012! I came across other bits of blogging memorabilia that has been sent to me over the years, such as postcards from Mr Mags, Mr Lax, and Pete; a picture of the Parliament Hill cats from MJ; and a birthday card from Mr Devine. I will put all these things together somewhere safe, and in ten years time I will find them again – they will make me smile, and I will again put them away somewhere safe…. and I will probably continue this cycle until the day that I don’t.

Yep, I will now return to berating my kneecaps.

Next time: Charmaine has a theory – is it time to break a bottle?

42 thoughts on “Knees and Tidy Drawers….

  1. Jon

    How about a song to cheer you up?

    “Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
    knees and toes
    Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
    knees and toes
    And eyes and, ears and, mouth and nose
    Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
    knees and toes”

    Sorry. Couldn’t resist it. Jx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Crikey, Jon, don’t get me started on toes! Or, God forbid, FEET. I feel another rant coming on…. though I promise no pictures.
      Sx

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    2. dinahmow

      “Knees up Muvver Brahn, knees up, Muvver Brahn
      E I E I EE I O Under the table you must go
      If I catch you bending, you know what i will do
      Knees up, knees up, don’t get a breeze up
      Knees up, Muvver Brahn.”

      I hope this helps.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Savvy – Admittedly, I am not taking kindly to this ageing thing! It is making me moody. I cannot handle my knees not working. It’s all come as a bit of a shock. I’ve tried to keep fit, but in the process I’ve worn out my knee – can’t seem to win!
      Sx

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      1. lisleman

        I believe those that work out the most are the most likely to damage their joints and such.

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  2. batarde

    Oh dear, still knackety, eh? Well, I had a look in The Book and to cut a long story short it would appear that embrocation is the very stuff. I know! Not a word you hear so much of nowadays, is it? I shall send a selection of recipes by fax – in the meantime you might want to check the store cupboard for things like turpentine, swallow oil and chloroform. It also says “1 gill best whisky”, you’ll be pleased to hear.
    Dinah’s pamphlet is spiffy, innit?

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Liniment sounds a lot more appealing, Mr Batarde! Can I just drink the whisky? I think it’s the only way to kill the pain.
      Yes, Dinah’s pamphlet is indeed very spiffy!
      Sx

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  3. llcooljoe

    Oh no that sounds painful. I can relate about not wanting to see or hear about body parts in detail. They should just do what they meant to and that’s it. I’m sulking too, as I had an issue with my left eye over a year ago and now the other one seems to be playing up. Why couldn’t it be just the one eye that’s screwed not both of them? This getting old is no fun at all.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Have you been to the optician regarding your new eye problem, Joey? I hope it turns out to be easily remedied.
      It seems that I am dealing with the ageing process with as much grace as a screaming toddler! And to be fair things could be a lot worse for me.
      Sx

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  4. melaniereynolds

    I am good at teaching First Aid to people like you. Don’t like blood? Good! Wrap it in a clean cloth. Wrap it tight. If more blood shows keep covering and wrapping until it stops bleeding through, you’ve run out of cloth or the medics have arrived to relieve you of your Good Samaritan duties. Arrive on an accident scene? Everyone should be looking at you or looking at something, any person that has their eyes closed in that situation if your first patient.

    I’m afraid I have no secret tricks for making knees behave. Hot and cold compresses, and soaking in epsom salt has always been helpful aside from pain reliever medicine. Really when you can keep the inflammation down it helps the body a lot. Take Care!

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    1. Jon

      We find Arnica cream (available in the UK in Savers) works for all kinds of aches, pains and cramp, not just bruises (for which it’s traditionally been used). Don’t know why it works, but it does. Jx

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      1. melaniereynolds

        Interesting! I’ve never heard of it before, but I see a couple of stores near me carry it so I’ll have to try it myself. We used to take Glucosamine supplements a lot when we hiked because it’s supposed to protect knees and joints, but I would imagine Scarlet’s Doctor already knows about it and would recommend or prescribe it if it could help her.

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      2. Scarlet Post author

        Jon and Melanie – My Dr just told me to bugger off and use Ibuleve, and come back in 6 weeks if it wasn’t any better. The 6 weeks has expired and I am still in pain – BUT, I think I have figured what my problem may be – all will be revealed in my next exciting post [scheduled for August 2022]. Meanwhile, I’m going to try my favourite, which is Witch Hazel.
        Sx

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      3. looby

        “Ibuleve” — is that name deliberately intended to suggest a convincing placebo effect?

        Thing is Scarlet, all artists of refinement must suffer in some way. I find being an oaf less demanding on the joints.

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    2. Scarlet Post author

      Ah, Melanie, you have provided the tip of the day! If involved in an accident then close your eyes and you will receive immediate care?!!
      I think I have worked out what the problem is with my knee. I am a silly woman, and I will leave it there for now.
      Sx

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  5. dinahmow

    Well! That was a surprise! I did include “extras” in that edition for select friends. Our mutual friend who seems to have vanished or been banished from Blogland has one, too.
    Thank you.
    Oh, the knee problem…I slipped and landed badly in a hockey match and one of the boys at school brought me some horse liniment. God! It tasted dreadful!

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Dinah – I know! Such a sweet little book!
      Boys, eh? Pity Mr Batarde wasn’t at your school as he would have provided whisky to rub in your knee.
      Sx

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  6. Mitzi

    I used to enjoy rubbing Transvasin heat cream on my buttocks before going to bed at night as it helped promote sexy dreams, works well on dodgy knees too. I’m having problems with my coccyx at the moment, in order to shift those unwanted extra lbs that I’ve gained, I’ve taken to using the exercise bike 3 times a day and it’s got a very hard saddle!

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  7. Scarlet Post author

    Mitzi – Have you tried strapping something soft to the saddle? Or something soft to the coccyx? Coccyx pain is the worst!
    Meanwhile, I have been having peculiar dreams lately, but not of the sexy variety.
    Sx

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  8. Nick Rogers

    Coccyx pain, knee pain, dodgy eyes – goodness, so many physical failings. You say you’ve worked out what the problem is with your knees. Do tell! I hope you can reduce the pain, as constant pain is so demoralising. I have a few twinges in my knees but nothing seriously painful. My back on the other hand gives me regular aches and pains, the naughty beast.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Nick – Apologies, I appear to have left several comments hanging on this old post. My knee is feeling a lot better now, thank goodness, and I am now able to sit upright to type – I have spent far too long on the fainting chaise recuperating.
      Sx

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  9. Inexplicable DeVice

    What a delightful book our Dinah concocted! And how artfully you’ve snapped it, Ms Scarlet.
    As for the knee, I’m not sure that I can be of much help except provide sympathy. Although, I am intrigued about what you’ve discovered the problem to be. What immediately came to mind was that you’d knelt on a piece of Lego (it gets EVERYWHERE!) and it got wedged in place. Athough, I’m sure you could winkle it out with a penknife. Hold on…

    You have reminded me that I must go through my bits of blogging memorabilia too. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do as the pieces that aren’t in frames are languishing at the bottom of a box under my desk…

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      My goodness I was in a mood when I wrote this post, Mr Devine! I am feeling a lot better now – better enough to agree with you about Dinah’s book, and my amazing photography skills – I think we can thank my iPad for that!
      Meanwhile, do you think I ought to post something new?
      Sx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      It has been miserable, Eryl! Since writing this old post I seem to have abandoned everything and have simply sat on my sofa reading books whilst slurping soup. I am feeling a lot better for it.
      Sx

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  10. 63mago

    I had to look up “cartilage”, the German expression is “KNORPEL” – ah yesh, my mothertongue at her onomatopoetic best – KNORRPELL.
    Usually one uses Pferdesalbe when the knee grates – it is not for horses only, but contains a lot good stuff from pharmaceutical plants, warms, good for skin and muscles. What also helps is Beinwell, and Ringelblume. I’m not into all this plantstuff – it’s green, eh!? ION may know about that things. Really hope that you do not have to endure payne. It should be possible to fix jaw & bones now, it is about time, isn’t it ?

    “Micrpinvasive” is a word that shows up in my head. They can do interesting things these days with a little cable and a mouse – no more need for the less delicate tools of the trade …

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    1. Jon

      Gosh. German “horse balm”? Actually, I looked it up and it seems to be just menthol, camphor, rosemary and… arnica!

      Beinwell is Comfrey, and Reingelblume is Calendula, or English Pot Marigold.

      I studied German in school, but I am crap with languages (I got a “U” or “unclassified” in the exam!). Good old Google… Jx

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      1. 63mago

        Exactly JON – Kampfer, Rosmarin, Arnica. There are some variations with menthol, Roßkastanie (I think that’s the one not for human consumption, maybe a bit poisonous in parts ?), and I don’t know. One version is green, one is dark brown – anyway, just slap it on your creaking joints and enjoy.
        In the wilderness of the Bavarian woods they swear on some oil from Kiefern (the wood, not “jaws”, herrgott, MsScarlet is nervous enough !), and when all fails there is always “Franzbranntwein” (do NOT smoke !). And Bärwurz. The latter is a local brand of Fukitol.

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    2. Scarlet Post author

      Mr Mags – Thankfully I seem to be through the worst of the pain; I am still getting the occasional twinge, but nothing like it was. I avoided goose fat; olive oil; horse liniment; turpentine; and greaseproof paper – good old fashioned Issey Miyake body lotion seemed to do wonders.
      Sx

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      1. Scarlet Post author

        Jon and Mr Mags – I have to admit to indulging in a large dollop of Fukitol. Smothered myself in it, and also had it with my chips – you can’t beat it.
        Sx

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  11. lisleman

    I’m wondering if you were expecting advice. Well, one bit that someone commented on above was recommended by my doctor. I take Glucosamine supplements for my joints. I do have a knee pop with a pain once in awhile too. Mostly it’s my finger joints. Bad karma for giving the finger salute too often? Yes these body parts should just all work in harmony, like the 7 dwarfs. We need more fairy tales and less pharmaceutical ads.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Bill – Thank you for some useful advice! Thankfully I can report that I am feeling a lot better now, it might even have something to do with a bit of sun on my back. I dislike pill popping, I was told to take Ibuprofen, it did nothing to help. I think lounging about doing nothing has worked a treat!
      Sx

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  12. 63mago

    Do you have sulken enough ?

    BTW, I always wanted to send a bottle of Sylvaner to PArliament Hill where the cats were – XL thought that would freak her out totally … 🙂

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  13. Scarlet Post author

    Mr Mags – Apologies! As if I ever sulk!!!! But yeah, nuff said, I ought to get off the sun lounger and do a bit of posting.
    Do it!! Send the bottle!!
    Sx

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