I'm only 56 but it seems lately that I'm falling apart. I like to bike and have been doing some road riding off and on over the last several years. Last August I decided I would take a ride on my mountain bike on the trails in the 2,000 acre park up the road from my house. I hadn't been on the mountain bike since my son was 3 years old, about 12 years ago. Long story short, I fell, going over the handlebars. It was sort of slow motion so I was able to catch my upper body with my arms and broke my fall but my legs came down on something. Maybe a rock or the bike itself. Anyway, I ended up with a large hematoma on both legs, one of which has healed up. But the other on my right leg is still there. It is located on my right leg on the outer side of my lower leg below my knee. It was severely swollen for a couple months after the incident but began to benefit from reduced swelling. Now when I wake up it is almost the size of the other leg. The problem is that no matter what I'm doing, by mid day my ankle, foot and lower portion of the lower leg swell up noticeably. I had had a scan to check for clots about a week or so after the incident and all was clear. But I've made another appointment to go back when he gets back from vacation, a couple weeks from now. So, my neighbors have been holding a "keg tap" the night before the Super Bowl, this being the 11th Annual Keg Tap. We hang out in my neighbor's back yard and we sit around a fire pit and drink into the wee hours. The "bathroom" is against the fence behind a little hut. I'm on my way back from the "bathroom" and I failed to remember the small little garden fence that was near the hut and ended up tripping on it and down I went. And damn it if I didn't fall hard on my legs. This time I fell on my knee of the same leg that hasn't healed properly and I also did a little number on my other leg just above the ankle. That one is sore but not very swollen. But the knee is another story. I swelled up considerably. I finished the night and spent a fair amount of time flexing the knee so I knew I hadn't broken anything like the knee cap. Fortunately I was able to get to bed without the benefit of pain killers. The next day I iced up the knee for much of the day. It is still fairly swollen but it hasn't tightened up on me like I thought it would. What's the point in all this rambling nonsense? I am probably 40 to 50 pounds overweight and the last 6 months of sedentary existence is not helping me. I reflect on this more recent trip and fall as something that may not have happened if I was in better shape, did not have all that extra weight around my gut and was more agile from working out. I guess what I'm saying is, I darn well better get off my butt and do something about this otherwise the next 10 years will likely be a down hill roll, speeding up the older I get. I realize that it's all down hill from here anyway, but there are things we can do about it and I've realized that I need to change the fact that I'm not doing anything about it. Pardon my rant. And if you are still reading by now? Thanks for your time.