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Knees and Vanity
"Well, they didn't take me out back and shoot me," I told my coworker when I got back. "So it went fairly well."

Today I asked my physical therapist to evaluate my injured knee for me. She twisted and pulled and yanked it around, and she says she thinks my ACL is not torn! [insert chorus of angels] I was really worried about that, since that's what I did to my other knee years ago (it required reconstructive surgery and months of recovery). She thinks I have strained my MCL, but it is also not torn! [insert more angels]

She twisted and pulled the knee every which way, something I have been afraid to do since sunday. (I wanted to give it plenty of space to knit itself back together, in case it was so inclined.) It didn't hurt nearly as much as I'd feared it would. There was some looseness, and a bit of popping, but no instability. When she heard popping as she twisted it certain ways, she looked semi-worriedly at me. "I think that might be meniscus," she said, "I think it may be somewhat torn; you might want to see your doctor."

At that I just kind of sighed with relief though. "Meniscus, that's just cartilage, right? You don't really need that." I was just glad all the ligaments were whole and still attached. Those are what I need to function, after all. Those are what require surgical intervention when they are broken, and that's the kind of injury I don't have time for.

She basically said that I should rest it for at least 72 hours, and that there was a good chance that both problems would heal up entirely on their own with exercise. If it was still giving me problems in a week or so, I should see a doctor. She also said she'd be happy to look at it again for me.

She was very against the idea of my skating tonight, which I was all for now that I know my ligaments are all still there. She pointed out that it's weak right now, and I don't want to make things worse. This is a good point, but I figured I could just take it a bit easy...

Maybe I'll skate, but not hooked up with the team. Way way less dangerous that way, but it'll give me a chance to move it and exercise it, see how it feels on the ice. If nothing else, I want to try doing those back crossovers again, the ones that felt so freakishly weird and scary on sunday, to see what they feel like now.

I also think I'm going to the drug store to buy myself one of those stretchy knee braces. Might provide a little extra support, plus it will be an additional reminder to me to favor it and take it easy. I'll talk to my coach tonight and see how she feels about my skating.

Right now my knee feels sore and looser than before. Not surprising though, since she was doing all that twisting and pulling. I'm at work, but I'll try to get up and walk around the office frequently to strengthen it and keep it from getting too stiff.

Oh, and vanity, vanity....last night after dinner? I took the time to shave my legs, since I knew she'd be looking at them today. I've misplaced my nice razor (in fact, I'm concerned that I left my razor in San Francisco (well, the Bay Area)), so I had to use an old one. The thing is: I knew perfectly well she wouldn't care. But even so, I didn't want to be all hairy when she was evaluating my knee!

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jenx From: jenx Date: November 4th, 2003 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Knees.

I had orthoscopic knee surgery on both knees at 17. I had danced from the time I was 5 until I was 15, and I essentially had callouses on the underside of the patella.

My recommendation? Don't skate tonite. Let your knee heal some more. Be more worried about letting your knee heal than losing flexibility in other areas, because the chances of doing more damage to your knee while it's weak is higher. This is different from a muscle strain, where working it out will make it feel better.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 4th, 2003 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Knees.

Ouch, both knees? I've had surgery 3 times on my left knee. What's scary is that this used to be my "good" knee.

Yeah, I think resting it is not a bad idea.... I really really don't want to make it worse.
jenx From: jenx Date: November 4th, 2003 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Knees.

Both knees - same time. I told them if I was going to have to be flat on my back for each one, what was the point in doubling my time recuperating *and* going under anesthesia twice? They thought I was mad - but I did it.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 4th, 2003 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Knees.

I have a friend who had open knee surgery on both knees at once when she was about 12? Her mom said it was because she knew: once she'd had it done on one knee, there was no way she'd get her back for the other! I can understand the "get it over with" mentality.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: November 4th, 2003 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Knees.

she was 10 - i remember it well (:
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: November 4th, 2003 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
If she says don't skate, why push it? In the best case, you get a bit more practice today instead of 3 days from now when you could make it up. In the worse case, the weakened part do break and you don't skate for the better part of a year.

If it is worth shaving your legs over, then it is worth waiting a few days ;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 4th, 2003 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
haha! I didn't think of it like that!!

The problem with team skating, which is what I do, is that one person missing can affect the whole team. I have no problem with missing individual practices, but I don't like to skip team practices when I can help it.
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: November 4th, 2003 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can understand that, but with going easy on it they get you back in days rather then months.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: November 4th, 2003 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

DON"T SKATE TONITE!

Don't risk it.

You are now on the high side of thirty and your body takes longer to bounce back.

DOn't ask your coach because they will almost always tell you its OK to skate/wrestle/play football etc.

Doesn't your team have subs/stand-ins for times like this?

Rest means just that rest not skating with a bandage on your knee!

Give your knee time to recover and tighten up.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 4th, 2003 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: DON"T SKATE TONITE!

"high side"....I'm only 32! That's practically still a baby.

Yes, we have 2 alternates. It's just hard to watch somebody else skate your spot.

I was a good girl, more or less. I didn't skate. It was hard.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: November 5th, 2003 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: DON"T SKATE TONITE!

Good for you!

It takes real courage not to skate.
From: blueskies131 Date: November 4th, 2003 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
sorry to hear about your knee and that you probably won't be able to skate.
drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: November 4th, 2003 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Take care of yer knee, doggone it! :)

Seriously, don't push yourself any more than you have to, or your knees will be disintegrated by the time you're 53! :)

(For proof that this can happen, just watch "Beyond The Mat". Not exactly the subject matter that you're into, but it is a harrowing reminder of why we shouldn't overexert ourselves.) :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 5th, 2003 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Take care of yer knee, doggone it! :)

I try, but it's hard. I'm so active by nature...
drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: November 5th, 2003 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Take care of yer knee, doggone it! :)

Seriously, in Beyond The Mat, they showed a pro wrestler who was 53 at the time and still taking falls and jumps and lifts like he was 18. His GOOD knee is arthritic and his other knee is more or less disintegrated, for lack of a better term. While you're not a pro wrestler, I and everyone else here probably would not want you to go that route with YOUR knees. :)

thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: November 4th, 2003 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Meniscus, that's just cartilage, right? You don't really need that."

Laugh. Suuure... The same way you don't need your nose. Technically you can get by without that bit of cartilage, but it's more convenient to keep what you have.

Either way, I hope you can relax and enjoy the next few days. If you're going stir crazy there's always friends; reach across the land-lines and say hi. It certainly helped me when I was forcibly lying around the house trying to recover from an injury.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 4th, 2003 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gosh, that's a tough one. If you had to choose between not having a nose, or having NO cartiledge in your knee, what would you choose?

Fortunately I don't need to make that choice, and hopefully my meniscus isn't too badly damaged either. I'm hoping everything will put itself back together if I give it some time to itself.

The hard part is actually resting it, because I'm no good at that. Especially since I'm capable of using it and walking on it, I just need to be really careful not to twist it or anything. Makes it easy to forget I'm injured!

I just may need to use one of those landlines some time...thanks for the reminder.
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