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One Month Out and Counting

Ah, the fresh feeling of a scoped (to the extreme as I found out) knee, and a “brand new” ACL. Actually it’s all very stiff, uncomfortable, slightly swollen, and weak—but getting better as I say to anyone who asks.

It does feel as if it’s getting better, and we’ve moved beyond simple exercises in physical therapy, but five to eight more months of this will be rough.

I found out yesterday how much meniscus was shaved—and it is an unfortunate amount from what he described. I don’t remember the lateral or medial designations, but one side had 50% removed and the other 35%, “in an important area.” So I’m thinking that this is the end of any real serious athletic activities. I’m not even sure if I’ll get a chance to return to recreational soccer. I mean, that was the point of the surgery for me, since I had no real instability in my day to day activities.

That was a bit of a morale blow, to say the least, but I’m not sure if the activities are done for good, just probably a heck of a lot sooner than with a healthy knee.

Other than that, the doctor said he’s “pleasantly surprised” by my progress, assuming that perhaps I wouldn’t be moving along this quickly because of the cartilage issues? I dont know. The knee really does feel good, just stiff at times.

Anyway, I’m out of the knee immobilizer and walking around fairly well. It can get a little tough when I’ve been sitting around for a while, simply because it gets stiff and the swelling probably increases a bit.

To get myself out of that brace, though, I had to pass a few balance tests. I had to be able to balance on one leg for twenty seconds without touching down or grabbing anything, and I had to do that three times. I passed that pretty easily, thank god. Then I had to do the same thing, but pass a light weight medicine ball around my body twenty times in two directions while balancing. Not too difficult, and probably easier on the affected leg because of increased concentration. Then I had to balance and move my head to look up, down, left, and right five times.

I passed those tests and now I get to move on to more challenging PT exercises. So far so good.

3 Responses to “One Month Out and Counting”

  1. Mel

    May 22, 2009 @ 10:11 pm

    Mike, this is definitely awesome news. As I had mentioned the other day, I really think your motivation has a lot to do with your recovery. People recover much faster when they are motivated, versus the ones who feel sorry for themselves and have no interest in returning to their activities.

    I am, however, sorry to hear about the fact you may not be able to play soccer again and this is a bummer. But before you get too down, just keep on working through your therapy — maybe you’ll get there! Don’t give up. :)


    • Mike

      May 23, 2009 @ 10:12 am

      To be honest with you, I think I’ll still get the opportunity to play, just not at the level or for the length of time I would have hoped.

      I mean, a lot of my meniscus was removed, but think about the fact that in the past they would remove the entire thing and individuals would go on and continue with high level sports for many years. Of course this caused extensive damage to their knees, but I don’t plan on extending my athletic career that far nor do I plan on doing anything other than the sunday pickup game with the older guys and a little indoor in the winter. Once a week or every other week should be fine. Thanks for checking this thing out.


  2. Mike

    May 23, 2009 @ 10:16 am

    Oh, and the fact that it feels a hundred times better than it did when I wrote this post confirms my suspicions.

    Right now I’m able to go and ride a bike, which is just great compared to a month or so ago. I can get out of the house at least do SOMETHING active.


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