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Wii Knee and the Power of the Blogosphere

February 1, 2010

Well, it finally happened. After three years of playing Wii, occasionally, I now have Wii Knee.

This is my second Wii injury. My first was a few weeks ago when I knocked the ball out of the park scoring a home run in baseball. I some how managed to scrape the Wii remote against my knuckle and gashed the hell out of it. It’s just about healed.

This time however the injury is far worse. Yesterday afternoon I noticed my left knee was beginning to hurt. Walking up and down steps or sitting down or up caused a fair amount of pain. I hadn’t played the Wii on Sunday but I did on Saturday kicking my high scores to the curb and maintaining my reign on the parade game as well as the obstacle course. I also did four rounds of the step aerobics that day.

I did not fall, I did not trip and I did not have any pain while playing the Nintendo Wii.

The pain was so bad that I couldn’t even finish my glass of wine. Aspirin did nothing to dull the pain.  I iced it up and elevated it until I went to sleep. When I awoke this morning it felt as if someone had shot me in the knee. Stairs were nearly impossible and a shower was out of the question (I have a claw foot tub). I caved in and called my orthopedist.

I don’t have a fear of doctors, I grew up around them and have always held the belief that they can help and only hurt in order to make things better. I don’t mind shots either. However, I hate going to the doctor for something that will very likely take care of itself given time. I rarely think that what ails me is a big enough problem to actually see a doctor. This might be why I end up in the ER after waiting too long. I will haul my kids to the doctor long before the ER is necessary but I still believe I am infallible if not immortal. I can heal. I am Super Mom.

After I dropped my daughter at school I headed down to the doctor’s office. I was lucky that they were able to get me in so quickly. I’m sure crying on the phone to the scheduling nurse didn’t hurt either.

Once I got there I had all kinds of forms to fill out. Under the employment section I hesitated. What the hell do I do for employment? There was only a small line for me to fill in so I couldn’t really explain that I do copy writing, ghost writing, house painting, researching, and blogging. Ultimately I blog for a living. Except the painting, everything else I do came to me through blogging and is related to blogging.

I was ashamed to write down my occupation as “blogger”.

So I wrote “copy writer/blogger” in the little line provided and handed the paperwork back to the receptionist.

And you know what happened?

Suddenly I was getting really good service. I was x-rayed and treated without the usual sitting in office after office waiting for someone to come in and take a look at me.

I’ve noticed better treatment when I have disclosed my blog name before but thought it was just coincidence. Now I’m beginning to wonder.

Has anyone else noticed better treatment or service because the establishment knows you blog? I’m really curious to know if maybe we hold some kind of power that we didn’t know we had before. Kinda like Dorothy and her ruby slippers or something.

Yes, they did give me drugs.

I’m going in for an MRI tonight which should confirm the diagnosis of Meniscus tear.

I think I’m going to print up some business cards.

*I found the picture from Qualified Condition but my guess is he stole if from somewhere else on the web.

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  • Reply Anne February 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    You have just reinforced my belief that exercise is bad and dangerous. I may never get off my butt again.

    I have never gotten better service because I blog (although I did get a call from GE when I complained about the cost of my service visit). Maybe they are readers and are afraid to see you tell it like it is.

  • Reply VetTech February 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Sorry about the knee pain…been through it myself. I did physical therapy for mine and it really helped. Good luck and feel better.

  • Reply Buggys February 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Wii is a danger to our bodies. I love playing, but I did suffer a possible hamstring injury during wii bowling. I feel your pain.

    It’s nice to think bloggers have a little power…no money but at least we can put a little fear into the service industries. Yay bloggers.

    Is anyone around here today? Has everyone gone and gotten jobs or something? It’s like a ghost town lately!
    .-= Buggys´s last blog ..Men? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Men! =-.

  • Reply meleah rebeccah February 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Ugh. Knee pain can be quite debilitating. I’ve had issues with my right knee for as long as I can remember. I

    think you should feel PROUD to write “copy writer/blogger” as your profession. I’ve only been reading this blog a short while, but I think you are a very talented writer/blogger~

    The only time I ever receive better health care is when I have good insurance!
    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..Stepping Up To The Plate – And, Wherein I Am Awesome =-.

  • Reply MadMadMargo February 1, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Holy moly! I thought this affliction was exclusively my own. Every time I’m the drummer when playing Rock Band, my right knee kills me afterward from using the bass pedal. I know, lay off the drums.

    Hope you knee is better real soon!
    .-= MadMadMargo´s last blog ..Me-Me’s Neighborhood No. 5 =-.

  • Reply Sheila Sultani February 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    If that’s the case I’m going to get “Blogger” tattooed on my arm (or ass – depending on who I’m trying to get better service from)!

    Hope your knee gets better!
    .-= Sheila Sultani´s last blog ..Let’s See If He Can Wiggle His Way Out Of This One =-.

  • Reply Lee the Hot flash queen February 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Wii knee…LMAO! Okay, so I have never had the guts to put blogger. But, I’m going to try it and see if it gets me better service!
    .-= Lee the Hot flash queen´s last blog ..Education is the Cornerstone of Life =-.

  • Reply Katherine in the Snow! February 1, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Ruh Rohhh. Meniscus tear equals surgery, no? I know two people who have had them, and both had surgery. Maybe you don’t have that… crossing my fingers!! But gosh, the blogging STORIES you could do with a surgery! Especially if you get to take home pain pills.

    I hope all you need is rest. Picture me pointing my finger at you and saying, “You can’t Wii anymore!” (ha ha, get it? Another peeing joke. I’m full of it. Um .. them. *cough*)
    .-= Katherine in the Snow!´s last blog ..The Beauty of Snow… And Stealth Mode Clean Clothes =-.

  • Reply Laura February 1, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I have never told anyone I blog, but I might try it in the future… perhaps at the Coach store???

    That sucks about your knee. I can see how the obstacle course could hurt it, with the jumping over stuff. The parade drives me nuts because apparently I am unable to march in place! I keep thinking I am going to step off the board and then I get off track. Oh well…

    I hope your knee feels better soon.
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..Feel Good Friday: Killing the Enemy Within =-.

  • Reply Pricilla February 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I hope you feel better. Pain sucks.
    My doctor service either got incredibly better OR the doctor refused to see me once they learned the hubby was a lawyer. The fact that he was a REAL ESTATE lawyer seemed to have no bearing on their feelings.

    Good for the power of the blog. And the Redhead Ranting.
    .-= Pricilla´s last blog ..Goatucation: My Four Stomachs, Part II =-.

  • Reply Jen February 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Anne: I didn’t write down the name of the blog and I hadn’t showered so hardly looked like my picture. I really like the Wii, it doesn’t feel like exercise at all, it’s just a lot of fun. I almost asked him if I could still play the Wii today.

    VetTech: They tell me treatment will be physical therapy or surgery. I’m all for the therapy but since I was doing physical therapy and it seemed to cause this condition I’m a little confused.

    Buggys: I’ve played the bowling game a few times, I got 7 strikes in a row thank you very much, but no injury. I’m surprised I didn’t throw the remote at the tv since I refuse to wear the strap.
    I don’t know where everyone is, there seems to be more around today than in the past. I hope everyone didn’t get jobs ( I don’t, of course) that would suck to be alone out here.

    Meleah: I have had good experience with good health care too, and no experience when I had no health care, I actually got turned away once (that’s another post). The group of docs I saw are great people, no complaints, except when the last one told me to take celebrex for the rest of my life, which might have been much shorter if I had.

    Margo: You Rock! I’ve only played Rock Band once and there was a lot of alcohol involved. It was a hoot but I sucked at it. I kept getting distracted with the actual lyrics of the songs, I noticed I had been singing them wrong for years and couldn’t stop laughing.

    Sheila: That’s a great idea. I think I might tattoo the name of my blog on my arm or something. I hope I am finished with the ass doctor so don’t want to tattoo it there.

    Lee: I’m seriously going to make up business cards and start to drop them in all those fish bowls at bagel places and coffee houses, they’ll have to pick me or I might blog about losing a rigged contest.

    Katherine: Surgery or physical therapy. Hoping for therapy but that’s really just working out and I’m not sure I can commit to something like that unless it’s on the Wii.

    Laura: But if you jump in the obstacle course you have to start over again. You can’t really jump or at least your feet can’t leave the board. I can march but I mess up on the drumming part. I get all my Miis following me and then there is that one part where they all leave me, and then it plays the loser music.

  • Reply Jen February 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Pricilla: I’m never going to be a lawyer but if I can get better service being a blogger I’m going to make use of it.
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Wii Knee and the Power of the Blogosphere =-.

  • Reply Junk Drawer Kathy February 1, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Misery loves company, right? I’m still sore from that crash I took into the steps at work. Remember, when I fell UP the steps? I know I should have seen a doctor, but it’s been healing on its own for about a month and the lump on the knee is almost totally gone now. I’m sorry you have a boo-boo knee too.

    Hmmm, I shall have to try the ‘ol “I’m a blogger” line when I think it might get me better service. I have to admit, I’d feel sheepish about it. I’m afraid someone would ask me what I write about and I’d have to tell them “All the stupid things I have done, do or have yet to do.”
    .-= Junk Drawer Kathy´s last blog ..I’m All For Eco-Friendly, But Geez…. =-.

  • Reply Jen February 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Kathy: I’m sorry about your knee too but at least you had a real injury, mine is apparently virtual. I’ve had people ask me what I write about and I never really know what to say. “Stuff” doesn’t exactly cut it. They don’t have to know what kind of blog we have. If they want to assume they are some hugely popular and persuasive blog I’ll let them. Of course if I tell them the name of my blog they might not think that anymore.

  • Reply Stephanie February 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Wii knee – what that just justifies why I don’t get one of those devices – I’d hurt myself! Hope your knee improves immediately. The power of blogging and better service – don’t ya just love it?
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Wolf Moon =-.

  • Reply Surfie February 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Ow, ow, ow! My knee hurts just thinking about it. I went bowling yesterday for the first time in about 15 years. It was a blast, but my right leg and buttock are killing me from all the one-legged squat movements! Now I also have sympathy pains in my knee. I imagine I would also end up injuring myself with a Wii if I had one. I hope you recover quickly!
    .-= Surfie´s last blog ..The Library Is My New Best Friend =-.

  • Reply Jen February 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Stephanie: But there really are a lot of fun.

    Surfie: I haven’t bowled the old fashioned way in at least 15 years. I’m sure I would hurt myself. The sympathy pains are the worst. My other knee is now acting up because I am putting all the pressure on that one.

  • Reply AmyLK February 1, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Oh no! Wii Knee! Another good reason for not exercising! Hope you get to the bottom of it soon.
    .-= AmyLK´s last blog ..Its Sunday! =-.

  • Reply Stephanie February 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I have a feeling that them knowing you are a blogger might have helped speed the process along. I do know that after my DH blogged about a crappy experience at Safeway that miraculously the problem was fixed….
    I hope you heal up quickly!
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Chef Chris =-.

  • Reply megscole64 February 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    OH my goodness. I LOVE it!!!! I think I should start doing that … whatever it is I really do then /blogger. hee hee Too funny.

    And I really just started with my Wii, but haven’t had a lot of time with it…I hope I don’t get Wii Knee (is that an official medical term *grin*)?
    .-= megscole64´s last blog ..Beautiful Sites =-.

  • Reply The Mother February 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Medicine better for bloggers? Hmm…

    Sorry about your knee. My elbows are bunged up. Getting old is the pits.
    .-= The Mother´s last blog ..The Curious Case of the Pig Farmer and his Wife =-.

  • Reply One of The Guys February 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I played a lot of sports growing up and had my share of injuries. But I’ve had way more playing music. Now is that ridiculous or what!! So this Wii injury of yours sounds very familiar to me. It seems funny, but the pain is the same, which makes it NOT funny at all! Sorry about that!

    My kids kick my ass in Wii, so I don’t play much. Hopefully I won’t get any type of injury that way.

    But on another note, that’s pretty cool about the possible connection between your blog and better service. Or maybe they just like your mane. I will admit you red heads are intriguing.
    .-= One of The Guys´s last blog ..Conflict, Grudges and Politics =-.

  • Reply BK February 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    I haven’t noticed that yet but perhaps that is because I have not been sharing it openly with any establishment before. Hope you knee will get better fast.

  • Reply Tracie February 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Do you think ‘Blogger’ will get more respect than ‘Domestic Goddess’? That’s what I usually put. That or house pet.
    .-= Tracie´s last blog ..Get A Blog =-.

  • Reply Jen February 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Amy: Really, it is no excuse not to exercise. The Wii is super duper fun. I might have to actually try the yoga next or something. I usually walk 4 miles a day when there isn’t 15 inches of snow on the ground with ice underneath that so the Wii keeps me sane and my butt from spreading.

    Stephanie: I wrote several posts a few years ago about my experience with Hewlet Packard there are at least ten posts about it but this one gives the general idea http://www.redheadranting.com/on-hold-with-heavily-accented-tech-support/ I eventually got HP corporates email and sent them an email with a link to the posts. They eventually sent me a new computer. But that was work. This was simply telling someone that I blogged. No threats or anything.

    Meg: It is an official medical term. When the doc was dictating his notes he said “Nintendo Wii (w-i-i) knee…” so it’s for real. Google it and you will see.

    Mother: We aren’t old, we’re classic, aged like fine wine. Yeah, I know, whatever. It does suck. Hope your elbows feel better.

    Guy: Apparently you can get injuries from playing Rock Band too, it’s not just the Wii games. Seriously, if you had seen me this AM you would have run the other way. Nothing looks as good as a redhead in sweats, no shower, bed head, and pain. It was a scary sight.

    BK: We must all try to use our power wisely: to get better seats in restaurants, free samples in the grocery store and better customer service.

  • Reply Jen February 1, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Tracie: I personally like Domestic Goddess but there is nothing God-like about the way I run the homestead. I say give it a shot, it can’t hurt.

  • Reply sharkbytes February 1, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Nope, you must be from a different world. Bloggers get no respect where I am. But I’m really sorry about your knee. Ouch!
    .-= sharkbytes´s last blog ..What I Learned from My Trip to Haiti – 1985 =-.

  • Reply Metallman February 1, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Hey there Jen,

    My boy’s birthday is coming up and I was thinking of getting a Wii. I figured it would be good to get some exercise mixed in with him gaming.

    As for being a pro blogger, if you’re known, it would make sense that you would be treated better. Can you imagine if you go in there and get crappy service and then you write about it and readers everywhere will know how craptastic that place is? And the best part is that the establishment can’t say crap because we have the right to speak not only our minds, but the truth. I say, more power to us!!! =o)
    .-= Metallman´s last blog ..Success! She’s a Youtube Star! =-.

  • Reply mike February 2, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I got major Guitar Hero Thumb the first time I played it. I used too much pressure because my instinct was to play it the way I play real guitars. Had the nastiest blister for like 2 weeks.

    I shudder to think how my boss would react if they found out about my blogs, which is why I try not to put too much detail about the workplace in there 😉
    .-= mike´s last blog ..Chivalry Dead, Manners On Life Support =-.

  • Reply Auntie E February 2, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Oh how funny about the first rate treatment. I will have to change my from Retired Nurse to Blogger/Writer. See if It make a difference. who everyone is concerned about us bloggers, we can make or break them. Now to the Wii, Yoou know you aren’t really hitting that ball,lol. I will have to be more careful with the wii. I just started the AE Active sports. One when I did Tevo I really hurt my self. will not do that one again. Hope it isn’t a bad injury.
    .-= Auntie E´s last blog ..Groundhog Day 2010 =-.

  • Reply moooooog35 February 2, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Damn you, MARIO!!

    DAMN YOU TO HELL!!!!
    .-= moooooog35´s last blog ..Infiltrating the Texas Roadhouse Secret Society =-.

  • Reply Ollie McKay's February 2, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Well ~ I’ve never played Wii or been anyplace where someone was playing it either, but now, I guess I won’t even try??!! Wanted to do the Wii Golf ~ but what I don’t need is another joint hurting! Thanks for all your great posts!
    .-= Ollie McKay’s´s last blog .."Monday, Monday". . . . .That’s a song, isn’t it?!! =-.

  • Reply Jen February 2, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Sharkbytes: You just aren’t milking it enough, or else you don’t bitch about enough stuff like I do. Or maybe my respect bar is really low?

    Metallman: Get the Wii, your kids will dig it. As for being a pro blogger…have you seen my little feed chicklet? I have seven readers (seriously, there used to be more but I changed the feed and don’t know how to get everyone back).

    Mike: The last real, out of the house, in a real office (no window however) job I had I got because I blogged. The job took too much time away from blogging so I had to quit.

    My thumb is all calloused from playing the new Mario game on Wii. I haven’t played it in over a month but my thumb is still numb.

    Auntie E: Of course I know I am not hitting the ball in real life. If I thought I were I’d play the game crouched in a corner somewhere so I don’t get hit. AE Active sports is a lot of fun until your trainer get attitude and starts asking why you haven’t shown up for training in a few days. If you go a month without training they quit.

    Mooog: Indeed. Though this injury was not Mario’s fault, see my response to Metallman.

    Ollie: I suck at Wii golf. I don’t get real golf either. I hear the tennis causes all kinds of injuries.

  • Reply peedee February 2, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    As the survivor of 7 or so (I’ve lost count) knee surgeries, come talk to me when they start talking the knife. I’d have never gotten the 2nd thru 6th done. The first and 7th were necessary. Its the meniscus ones that I should have forgone.

    Mario fucking rawks!!! And Crash Bandicoot too. =) I want a Wii bad.
    .-= peedee´s last blog ..TwoFer Tuesday =-.

  • Reply Linda Medrano February 2, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Maybe my rotator cuff tear and your wii knee could get a discount (a two-fer) at the right doc office. Plus, i’m gonna put blogger/writer on all my stuff from now on! Sorry you got racked up, Honey. It’s not funny! Keep us posted with the MRI.
    .-= Linda Medrano´s last blog ..Oh Yes She Can-Can =-.

  • Reply Jen February 2, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    PeeDee: Wow, 7 surgeries? That’s amazing. I won’t need surgery the brace they gave me has worked wonders. It probably helped when the doc popped it back in place too.

    Linda: I didn’t have the MRI. By the afternoon I felt no pain and it wasn’t from the drugs. I called the DR’s office and said I didn’t need the MRI since it didn’t hurt anymore and that I wasn’t willing to have a costly test that was unnecessary even if the insurance covered it. He agreed completely and the appt was canceled. So far no pain. But I will continue to wear the brace since it squishes my leg. I’m pretty sure I have lost a size or two in my leg area from the brace. Tomorrow I’m wearing it on the other leg and then I’m going to get one from my ass.

  • Reply Mee2 February 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I do notice I get better treatment, even though my blog isn’t that popular. Even if a company is adamantly telling me there is nothing they can do for whatever problem I have, all I have to say is, “I can’t wait to blog about this when I get home.” Almost instantly there is some kind of fix.
    .-= Mee2´s last blog ..Dear Drivers, =-.

  • Reply Jen February 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Mee2: Now that’s what I’m talking about. From now on that is my response to everything.

  • Reply Ginny Marie February 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    I’ve never thought about writing “blogger” as a profession! I don’t make any money from it. 🙁 I like Mee2’s suggestion, though!

    It’s great that you’re not afraid to go to the doctor! Too many people are, and so many things could have been caught early if they had just gone to the doctor in the first place!

    Thanks for visiting me over at Lemon Drop Pie!
    .-= Ginny Marie´s last blog ..Random Tuesday Thoughts: RESP ME! =-.

  • Reply Dave DeWall February 2, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    My Sainted Patient Wife also injured her knee with the Wii which also made a trip to the doctor necessary. I wasn’t blogging then but had good health insurance so she received good treatment. She hurt her knee after we retired to the Philippines where she is from and got treated by the head of orthopedic surgery who was trained at Boston Mass and had a private practice in NYC. I didn’t mention my blog, but I get special treatment here because I’m a rich American (that’s what they think anyway!)
    .-= Dave DeWall´s last blog ..Three Goats and a Jeepney! =-.

  • Reply Heather February 3, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Even Super moms have to realize when it’s time to go to the doc. I hope your Wii knee isn’t too bad.

    I’m going to have to let folks know I’m a blogger, then maybe I’ll get some decent service.

  • Reply Mrsbear February 3, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I have never tried playing the “Blogging” card, but seems like useful information to have. That’s awesome. Maybe it will get me preferred treatment at the Drive-thru. 😉

    Hope your knee heals up soon. I’m not very good with pain either.

    Thanks for stopping by yesterday.
    .-= Mrsbear´s last blog ..Because We Don’t Throw Anything Away =-.

  • Reply Metallman February 6, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Hey there Jen,

    Technicalities, my dear. If you have over 40 comments on a single post, you have more than 7 readers. lol The same thing happened to me too though. The chicklet stated over 600 readers but when I switched to own domain, the number dropped to under 20. =o)
    .-= Metallman´s last blog ..Where Did Metallman Go??? =-.

  • Reply Daryl February 6, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Wow. Wii Knee. Seriously? Wow. When we first got it, we played the Sports game for hours and I must have used muscles in my arm that I don’t normally use, b/c that spot just above my elbow ached for days!

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