I was 15 when I noticed the popping and cracking coming from my joints. The stiffness, especially in my knees, followed not long after, and it's only gotten worse since. Getting up from a kneeling position was painful and difficult by my late 20s. It was frustrating.
After my first, painful winter in Pennsylvania—where I had to go upstairs backwards, on my ass, because I couldn't lift my right leg—I went to the doctor.
She asked me if I played sports as a kid.
"It's good that you didn't."
When my x-rays came back, though, it was good news: it turned out that none of my joints were bad enough to require any type of special medical treatment. Prednisone gives me bad side effects, so I was instructed to take a maximum of 2400mg of ibuprofen a day (up to 800mg a time) for no more than two weeks, during flare-ups. And get a knee brace.
I love my knee brace.
The frustrating thing about wearing a brace isn't its existence, it's others' reaction to it. Old men at the gym ask “What happened to your knee?”, I respond “I have early onset osteoarthritis”, and they say “You're too young for that.” This pisses me off.
“You have a conversation with my fucking body then,” I said to one guy. "Explain to it that it's too young for EARLY ONSET osteoarthritis.”
I love my knee brace.
I hate the fact that I have to use it, but I love it because I've spent the last five years with osteoarthritis, I'm lucky that it hasn't gotten bad enough to warrant hardcore treatment, and the knee brace makes it OK. Read the rest
Six top executives of international football's (notoriously corrupt) governing body were arrested at the crack of dawn in their Zurich hotel by Swiss police acting on a US criminal corruption warrant. Read the rest
Springtime turns American minds to college basketball, but the world is not watching. No, everyone else is fixated on the Cricket World Cup, going on right now, which brags a TV viewership of 1.85 billion.
Hating to be left out, my wife wanted to know what the fixation was, and she challenged my knowledge of the game, which my brain kept interpreting as an insect. Together, we spelunked down the YouTube rabbit hole, only to get more confused the more we tried to understand. Here's what we learned: Read the rest
The Buck 941 Travelmate Kit Chocolate Paperstone Knife is a tactical spreading knife with a clip-on multispork. Read the rest
Having lost his trademark over its overt racism, Daniel Snyder has taken the unusual step of suing the five Native American people who testified before the US Patent and Trademark Office hearing, which led to the finding that Snyder's team's name was "disparaging to Native Americans." Read the rest
The only bids remaining are Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing (which has no mountains) -- all the other states that had bid have pulled out following devastating popular opposition (the remaining cities are in countries where the public doesn't get a vote). Read the rest
On Saturday, Ohio State University's marching band performed this fantastic tribute to The Wizard of Oz. Read the rest
Amazing trick shots by Ziemowit Janaszek. Read the rest
A 1987 wind-tunnel trial established that leg-shaving was basically useless, used a miniature leg-model with hair glued to it for its control; when the experiment was re-run this year with a human leg, the savings were a whopping seven percent. Read the rest
The Horse Collar is a $20 monster kielbasa sold at the Green Bay Packers' Lambeau Field, intended for consumption by two persons ("If you can tackle this one alone, you're a champ" -Lambeau Field executive chef Heath Barbato). Read the rest