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renniekins
3 months post-ACL
Yesterday at PT, we realized it was the 12-week anniversary of my knee surgery. That means I've hit that magical "3-month" mark, where the tendon graft is officially supposed to be firmly attached and converted into a pseudo-ligament. (That is, if you go in terms of weeks, which seems to be what medical people do. Otherwise I have to wait until June 25th for the anniversary.)

So my knee is allegedly stable now -- although I'm waiting 'til my surgeon confirms it on monday. The muscles are still very weak, and there is still a lot of pain and stiffness remaining in the joint. I definitely don't feel normal yet! I have a lot of work to do before I'm fully healed (probably still 3 to 5 months away by medical timelines).

On the plus side, this means I probably get to stop going to physical therapy! That will be nice, because these 2 hour appointments 3 times a week for 3 months have been a huge time and energy drain. On the minus side, once I don't have any appointments scheduled it will be a lot easier to blow off the exercises I need to do to get better.

The less work I do, the longer it will take to heal and the less I'll be able to do. I need to keep that in mind and stay diligent. My PT place offers a "fitness club" membership for ex-patients; it is quite a bit pricier than normal gyms, but it might be worth it, at least for the next 3 months. I already know the equipment; I know the people there, and I know they are great at providing individual attention and help. Plus I can talk to the therapists if I have questions and such.

There are two excellent reasons I need to keep working hard and follow the exercises I've been given: (1) I want my knee to get strong and functional again, and (2) I need to lose weight! I've only gained about 6 or 8 pounds, but it's bugging me. That much makes a difference on somebody as short as I am. My pants all fit weird, and I and feel awkward and uncomfortable. I want to change the direction my weight is going now, while it's still fairly manageable.

Biking will definitely help. Getting a gym membership of some sort will help also once I stop doing the therapy.... Now I just have to wait for my doctor appointment on monday, to see what he says.

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bob_the_mighty From: bob_the_mighty Date: June 18th, 2004 09:46 am (UTC) (Link)

CONGA-RATS!!!

Will there be a gathering to celebrate your reaching the 12 week mark?

>;-D
stillriver From: stillriver Date: June 18th, 2004 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I never knew that the tendon can get a promotion to a ligament. Yours seems to be handling its new responsibilities fairy well.

Whatever gym you decided to choose, stay away from "Fitness USA". They are cheap, but terribly crowded. You can try the various aerobics classes. I discovered they work better for me, and they are more fun then machines.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 18th, 2004 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure, all of your body parts are replaceable with enough super glue!

Thanks for the warning about Fitness USA. Good to know.
lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: June 18th, 2004 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't found Fitness USA to be too crowded. But then, they have different days for men and women, so I've never seen what it's like on a "women day."
stillriver From: stillriver Date: June 18th, 2004 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never seen what it's like on a "women day."
As a guy you would probably enjoy it - the place it literally packed with eye-candies. But it does not do much for girls, besides there are no guys to flirt with :-)
lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: June 18th, 2004 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

;)

Are the rumors true that the women there all work out in lacy lingerie, and have pillow fights in lieu of aerobics?
stillriver From: stillriver Date: June 19th, 2004 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: ;)

They must had started doing it after I stopped going to Fitness USA :-)
jebra From: jebra Date: June 18th, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very cool.

Want to help me clean out the basement and use the free-weights? B-)
nishar From: nishar Date: June 18th, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Monday

Good luck on your Monday appointment. And please keep rehabing that knee. We all want you to be 100 % very soon!
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