A good knee brace really helps me when my knee is bad. The older I get, the more braces and splints and binders I add to my collection, and when I need them, they do help. I, too, am glad Chuck seems to be doing better, but it is so hard when they can't judge how much they can do. My MIL used to ask to go here and there, then as soon as we got there thought we should go home because she just wasn't up to it, so back home we went. Then she started forgetting to ask to go, and I'd find her out sitting in the car, waiting for me, convinced that she had asked me to take her someplace. When she'd take her medications, it helped a lot, but as soon as she would start doing better, she would insist that she was fine and refused to take them. It was a viscious cycle. I just had to remember to find the humor in it, but some days, it was awfully hard!
Hope you can get that cortisone shot. I don't know how long they like to wait between shots anymore. I've had the last shot they'll give me in my shoulder, and thank goodness it seems to have finally done the trick.
Take care, MK, and hang in there.
Love and hugs...
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