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My Weekend...the good, the bad, the ugly - cellophane
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My Weekend...the good, the bad, the ugly
The Good

Saturday was a pretty fun day. I slept in some, then I spent the morning being fairly lazy. In the afternoon, SC picked me up and we went to an early Thanksgiving potluck event. There's a group of people who get together every month for "friends, conversation, and ridiculous amounts of food." I don't attend regularly, but it's always fun when I am able to make it. Not to mention delicious. We had turkey with all the trimmings, plus lots of other goodies. I was thoroughly and happily stuffed, and I enjoyed relaxing with friends I don't get to see very often.

Sunday morning I woke up with a headache, which was a bummer. (Actually it came on saturday evening.) Fortunately I didn't have anything I needed to do during the day, so I treated it with lots of advil, naps, and relaxation. It never fully went away, but it got better at least. It made for a lazy day, but I think I really needed all that rest.

At 4:30 I had myself a late lunch, then I went to skating practice. The headache retreated enough that I was able to ignore it completely during practice, so that was good. We worked on a pretty fun new trick, where I get to be the end of a wheel...yay! I like being the end.

After skating, a friend came over and we made popcorn and watched The Untouchables together, which neither of us had ever seen. It was a really nice quiet way to finish the weekend. Even though my headache had returned, I had a truly lovely time.

The Bad

I did something to my knee while skating. I'm really scared, but I'm trying to convince myself (and my knee) that it's no big deal and that it will be fine. I caught my blade and fell during a rocker turn. It was a left rocker, but I landed on my right hip. It hurt of course, and my leg felt numb and shaky at first, but nothing abnormal.

I got up, and it held my weight fine. Just normal soreness from a fall. I said I was okay, and I started skating again. Everything was okay until started doing right-over-left back crossovers. As I started to pull that right leg in, I felt an incredible wrongness in my knee. That's all I can say - it didn't hurt, it just felt wrong. Very weak, unstable. It just wasn't functioning at all right.

It terrifies me. Bruising, pulled muscles, these are no problem; I know how to heal from those. But this weakness and instability, this is scary. It reminds me of ligament damage. The thing is: it's not swollen at all. I broke the ACL in my other knee years ago, and it instantly swelled up huge. So this can't be that kind of trauma... right?

Last night, it didn't even hurt. Today, it hurts to straighten or bend it all the way. But it's still not swollen. So it can't be bad, right? I haven't checked its stability; I don't want to do anything that might make it worse. I've been very careful not to twist it at all. I iced it a lot last night, even though it wasn't swollen and didn't hurt. I'm so nervous. I need my knee in working order, I have lots to do this year! Please, if I leave it alone, let it get better all on its own.

I have to skate tomorrow night. I have a PT appointment for my shoulder at 2. Maybe I'll ask if she'll evaluate the knee for me and tell me what to do. Sheesh, I seem to be full of minor injuries and incidents this year. This sucks, I'm so worried, even though I'm trying really hard not to be.

The Ugly

There is no ugly. I just put that in to complete the phrase. Despite everything, or maybe because of everything, life is beautiful.

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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: November 3rd, 2003 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Its! NOT! Good!

Don't worry about it!

Do something about it!

I don't have the experience to say its bad but I do have the experience to say even though it seems OK now it will be worse when you get older so get it looked at as soon as possible.

The only time I injured my knee it did not swell or hurt but now if I compress the joint in a knee bend it locks and feels like its tearing and I have to compress it further.

You do not have to skate on Tuesday you do have to get your knee checked out ASAP!

Skating on Tuesday and further injuring and having to pull out later is not going to help you or the team.

hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: November 3rd, 2003 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Its! NOT! Good!

ditto what jeffreyab says up there. do not pass go. do not collect $200. get it checked out NOW. N-O-W.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: November 3rd, 2003 10:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Its! NOT! Good!

i forgot to add: i'm off of work tomorrow (for election day) if you need someone to drive you. please don't put this off!!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 3rd, 2003 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Its! NOT! Good!

Lucky you, being off for election day! Thanks for the offer. I successfully drove myself to work today though, so that shouldn't be a problem. I think the simplest course of action will be to ask my PT to evaluate it tomorrow, since I'm seeing her anyway. Hopefully she'll be able to give me a good idea of what needs to be done. Well, hopefully it'll be all better by then and won't need anything! *crossed fingers*
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 3rd, 2003 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Its! NOT! Good!

Yeah, that's a good point. I certainly don't want to make it worse. I'm just frightened and frustrated though...I don't have time to be injured. It all just sucks!

I'll try to get it checked out tomorrow at PT.
jkling From: jkling Date: November 3rd, 2003 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, yes, yes. Have it checked it out. Unfortunately, it's true that you can tear your ACL without swelling, though I think it's rather unusual. More importantly, if you reinjure your knee because the ACL is torn, you could do more ligament damage and cartilage damage, and that will add significantly to problems later on. You don't want that.

Have it checked out, and then when everything checks out okay you can stop worrying about it.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 3rd, 2003 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oy, this sucks. But I looked at a few sites online, and they did say that swelling is a major symptom of a torn acl. My knee hurts, but is still distinctly not swollen! I'm hoping that's a good sign.

I think I'll ask my physical therapist to look it over tomorrow. I presume she'd be okay with that, at least giving it a basic evaluation.
jkling From: jkling Date: November 3rd, 2003 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
good idea. and good luck! Isn't going to doctors fun?!?! Bleah.

Chances are your knee is just tweaked a little bit. I sprained my knee a year and a half or so ago while playing basketball -- the same one that I tore up playing basketball and having acl surgery on about 6 years ago. I was worried about it too but the doc told me it was just an mcl sprain.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 3rd, 2003 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yuck, I hate doctors.

Thanks for the reassurance, it helps. I hope you're right!
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: November 3rd, 2003 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
After skating, a friend came over and we made popcorn and watched The Untouchables together, which neither of us had ever seen. It was a really nice quiet way to finish the weekend. Even though my headache had returned, I had a truly lovely time.

Glad you had fun.

That is a really old film though!
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: November 3rd, 2003 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay to lots of naps!

Boo to knee pain. Painful knee on Monday may = bad.

Yay to friendship and popcorn!

And as is per the norm, there is no ugly. (smile)
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: November 4th, 2003 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)

The Ugly

Unfortunately that would the inside of your knee.
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