My Name is Gordon France.
After retiring I got back into painting because I was looking for a good retirement career.
And I still play hockey um with some old timers. One of the reasons at our age you want to be a moving target, so we keep moving.
I had a pretty serious knee injury and the forecast was arthritis. I had been living with this pain that became worse as time went by. I’d been to a couple of doctors and they diagnosed me the same way. You’ve got arthritis is starting and it’s just going to be a matter of time until you either can’t walk or have a knee replacement.
We make an Italy trip every year and the terrain is pretty rugged where we paint.
If you want to go paint something you like to see it might require some fairly heavy travelling over some difficult terrain.
I couldn’t do it anymore and it was very disappointing, because that was the other part of my passion and uh all of a sudden I can’t.
I remember very distinctly one morning going to a scrimmage and I, I couldn’t do it. The pain was excruciating. I got on the ice for maybe 5 or 10 minutes and got right off and said “that’s it”.
That was the moment I knew I had to do something serious about fixing the knee.
By the time I had finished rehab I was thinking about putting the skates back on.
So I got out on the rink and I held onto the side boards and worked my way around, till finally I can do this.
And next thing I know I’m doing laps around the rink left and right and it was fine.
It’s worked perfectly, all of the sudden it’s as if the world has opened up for you. I’m not aware of the knees. So I go through a normal activity without even thinking that I have two artificial knees.
I would say to anybody that went through the same thing I went through, don’t waste any time, get it done because it works.
We still have painting trips planned and more travel and I’m still skating. New chapter opens up.
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