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Old 10-06-2016, 06:27 AM   #323
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Good to hear from you again. Hope the knee gets sorted out soon ice is good.
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Old 10-06-2016, 01:14 PM   #324
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Thanks, guys. I appreciate the support.

Predeta, I have been to Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier NPs. Enjoyed them all. I do prefer the NW mountainous regions. Grand Tetons and Glacier NPs are in my plans for next summer, providing no forest fires next year.

Gerard, good to hear from you. Say Hi to Laura for me. (Yes, ice does help a bit).

Peter, you are right, in that, my knee does rotate to the right when driving Goliath. There is no way to support it, as there is no console such as we have in our SUVs at home. The captains chairs are free standing. One might expect the seats to be power in the AI, but, unfortunately, they are all manual to position captains chairs. Not easy to adjust.

I had hoped the knee might calm down by now, but, if anything, has worsened. Hopefully, my MD will have some help for me. I cannot take NSAIDS, due to being on blood thinners. Tylenol just takes the edge off. I will not take anything stronger...I hate the side effects.
As said before, getting old sucks...but, better than the alternative.
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Old 10-06-2016, 01:19 PM   #325
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I wonder if a seat cushion would help, Evelyn.


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Old 10-06-2016, 01:38 PM   #326
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Your MD or a PT specialist should have some ideas for something to keep the right knee from wandering to the right. Maybe a thin cushion as Maggie said with some kind of raised right wall/barrier? A long Velcro strap looped around the left thigh? All kinds of Rube Goldberg devices come to mind!



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Old 10-06-2016, 02:27 PM   #327
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Forgot to mention, when at dealer yesterday, I saw a new Basecamp on the lot, only from outside. A bit odd looking, unsure if it was an Airstream, but, it does have the Airstream logo on it. This morning, out of curiosity, I looked it up on Internet, and it looks very austere, and quite different , both inside and outside, from the Bambi 16' sport I owned last year. It appears to be constructed of "economical" materials. I guess if one wants an entry level trailer, I.e., for the young set, it may surfice, but, I would not care for it. No idea of the price on it. Optional tents may give more flexible space...again, for the young set.
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Old 10-06-2016, 02:41 PM   #328
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Suggestion:
Get your doc to refer you to an Occupational Therapist. Those are the folks who help us handle the tasks of daily life when those become challenging due to..... Whatever. Or, as suggested above, a Physical Therapist. I don't know just where your situation lies between those two specialties, but one of them might have just what you need.

As suggested above, a seat cushion with a foam block just to the right of your thigh or knee might work.

Meanwhile, keep going with the ice. I'll keep your knee in my prayers.
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Old 10-06-2016, 02:46 PM   #329
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Thanks Mimi. Yes, a physical therapist, as well as a foam type cushion with a right block to keep knee in alignment will assist when driving Goliath. I'll look into that.
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Old 10-10-2016, 01:23 PM   #330
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Just bought a toaster/convection oven for Goliath. $10.00 off at Costco. Oster brand...should be pretty reliable. It will be in sunroom with other supplies till next year travel season.

I should receive a call from dealer service dept. rep today or tomorrow, with info on an approximate time frame. No real rush,except to avoid driving AI home when the snows come.
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Old 10-11-2016, 05:06 AM   #331
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I too have knee problems while driving any standard vehicle, my F350 no real issues. MD and Chiro both say it's the angle and that the knee pain starts with my back, which I broke two years ago and still have two herniated discs. So, when driving I now where a special back support belt, purchased from my Chiro and it works well.

Basecamp is about $35,000. The austerity appearance is intentional for the millennials. It is already back ordered out until December.

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Old 10-11-2016, 11:34 AM   #332
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Hi Bud. Good hearing from you. I do have an appt with my MD tomorrow. Hoping for some relief!

I did find that the MSRP for the Basecamp is about $35,000 for the base unit and with options, can go to $45,000. Not really an entry level economical unit, IMO. I can see how it will be tempting to those youngsters who are still super active. If I had such an option, and could have afforded it, at age 30 or so, I probably would have gone for it.

Now, at my advanced age, comfort and convenience rules. Love my Goliath!
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Old 10-11-2016, 12:02 PM   #333
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I had a call from my granddaughter this morning. Melissa, and husband, Jon,and two children are making their way from Durango, Colorado to Lincoln City, Oregon. Jon is being transferred to Lincoln City for his job, working with a cable company. An upwardly mobile opportunity.

This is a big change for them, as Melissa has lived in Durango since age 4. Today, in Idaho Falls, and they are anxious to get into Oregon. They are not camping, are motelling it. They are all so excited for this new adventure and transition in their lives.

I had considered that I would drive Goliath out to visit next summer, but, now, dealing with this knee injury, I am rethinking that plan. Crystal, Melissa's sister lives in Bellview, Washington, and it will be nice to have an opportunity to visit them both. I may consider flying out when I visit. We shall see what future holds.

Also had a call from another granddaughter, who had yet another serious abdominal surgery last Monday and hopes to be released to home tomorrow. She has had quite a difficult summer...beginning first of July, when she had a bowel blockage and subsequent bowel resection, then 3 more admissions for more bowel blockages. This time they did further intestinal resection and removal of gallbladder,which was inflamed and full of large stones. This kid has been put through so much this year. I hope this finally resolves her problems. A lot for a 30 year old. On a positive note, she has been addressing some other serious issues and is making great progress. I am greatful for that!

Parents never stop worrying about our children, and that also extends to our grandchildren as well. Family....the most important factor in our lives!
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My MD appt today, re: bum right knee. He did steroid injection, (thank you, my sweet PCP!) also, injected Left shoulder...I ran into an open cabinet corner in Goliath. Had an X-ray of knee, and MD will call with results and look at next plans. Probably PT consult, some sort of brace for knee when on long drives in Goliath. His first impression: severe arthritis, aggravated by extended driving. He says I have about a pound of fluid still on this knee.
I've lost another 5 pounds! Yeah!

Granddaughter will require more surgery....bile is leaking into liver, so a stint will be placed. This kid just can't win! Please, offer up prayers for Nicole! Will be so appreciated! Thank you all, in advance! Evelyn.
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Knee pain

Hi Colorado Lady and paiceman!

I drove our new-to-us F350 2,750 mi this August, some days abt 500 miles, and my R knee was in terrible pain. I had a lot posterior swelling. I swore it was due to the angle of the seat resulting in a lot of posterior pressure. I, too, have a bum back (like millions of Humans), but don't really see just how that affects the knee...
I am not sure what the answer is. It sure is disappointing to retire, then take the first long trip (with many others, hopefully), then suffer for it. I will be anxious to see what worked for you two.

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Old 10-13-2016, 01:51 PM   #336
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Susan, if you have not already done so, I suggest a visit to your MD. That is where you need to begin. Long extended drives are not our friend, especially as we age. Back problems can effect various parts of our body, if nervous system is involved. As with my problem, it appears that degenerative arthritis may be the culprit, which is aggravated by extended driving, and out of alignment of the R knee, deviating to the right. The repetitive motions of gas to brake pedal make it worse.

I am a retired registered nurse, and understand much of the operation of the human body, however, it is the job of the physician to diagnose, order tests, then treat the problem. I have a tendency to "take over" with my own care and diagnostics...part of my class "A" personality....not my best move, as I tend to wait too long before admitting to myself that I can't handle it all! Go to your MD, soon. Good luck. Evelyn.
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