“I need some ocean air” I texted to him, as I was packing up to leave work. So I drove towards Newport Beach, picked him up from the office and we pulled a parking spot just as the sun was hovering close on the horizon. Then we hopped out of the car and headed across the street to the bench where we’ve sat so many times before to watch the setting sun.
I noticed that when I stepped off of the curb my knee felt a bit stiff, but I ignored that feeling. I was focused on the sunset and not on my gait. But then when we were about a foot from our bench, I dropped to the pavement. My knee had completely given way and had buckled underneath me.
The jogging couple walking behind us stopped abruptly.
“Is she okay?” they asked.
Meanwhile, I was gauging how bad it was. I’d fallen just as I should. No obvious scrapes or sore places, although I suspected that I’d torn a hole in my skirt. And I didn’t want to stand back up immediately, knowing that if I did I would probably fall right back down.
As the couple from behind us hovered in concern I almost said to them, “It’s a known issue.” But checked myself and said cheerily “No problem, I’m fine!” And they passed, confused as to why I was still on the ground.
It happened yesterday, too, this falling–on the blistering hot asphalt of a cafe parking lot, which was really not a very fun place to try to troubleshoot the malfunction. Because of that I almost headed into the repair shop first thing this morning, knowing that a failing knee wouldn’t be a plus as I navigated my workday. But the knee acted normally as I tested around the house and in the garden before heading to work. I figured that the fall yesterday was an odd blip and the quick reboot of the microprocessor that I’d done in the parking lot had resolved the problem.
But now that it’s happened twice, I’d say that it’s gone from a one-time blip to being a “known issue” that’s got to be escalated to a professional. Because falling can be risky (and painful) and particularly inopportune if I’m carrying food or my laptop.
So I’ll get a loaner knee ASAP and send mine back to the factory for service. And as I do so I will marvel at the fact that I can swap out my knee almost just as easily as I upgraded my iPhone last week, with all of the settings and customizations are preserved “as is” so I can get back to my everyday routine just as soon as possible.