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renniekins
Knee Pics
My knee doesn't look like a knee anymore! It's all puffy and misshapen. Well, it's shaped, "tube" is a shape. Just not a knee-shape.

These are from after I took of the bandages saturday, two days post-surgery, and showered. So it's clean, and you can no longer see my initials on the kneecap. (of course, you can also no longer see the kneecap) They had me sign my own knee, to make sure they knew the right one - kind of a smart idea, actually.

Today it's looking better. More bruised, but less swollen. I'm healing remarkably rapidly. I even walked a few blocks to D's birthday party last night. I put a lot of weight on my crutches of course, but still - I walked! Nifty. This is way easier than ACL surgery.


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jenx From: jenx Date: May 11th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
That looks remarkably familiar. Is it still all squishy and full of saline?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 11th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a little less squishy today, but more colorful. Soon perhaps it will match my toenails. Fun!
kyril From: kyril Date: May 11th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Saline, saline, over the bounding main...

Good luck in your continued recovery.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 12th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! (:
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: May 11th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
How much does it hurt?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 12th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not too bad, after the first couple of days. I'm still taking advil regularly, but haven't needed the "stronger stuff" much anymore.
homeless_one From: homeless_one Date: May 12th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Bees Knees

Girl, I am *really* glad you posted all that stuff about your knees. The last time I played basketball was July 26. My knees swelled up like balloons. I had to stop running during the winter for the same reason. I can still peddle my bicycle, but the obvious question is for how long.

I ate the glusomine / condroitin tablets for a while. Ten years ago, that made a difference. Now, not much.

I don't get pain, but my knees do swell up just like your photo (only without the drill holes). I am going to have to do something medical in the near future or I will weigh more than a baby elephant and have blood pressure issues. Plus a whole generation of twenty somethings will go through life without me humiliating them on a basketball court. We just cannot have that.

So anyway, thanks for writing your journal!

-Kevin
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 12th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bees Knees

The glucosamine stuff obviously won't work if you stop taking it. (: I don't know about it otherwise, some people rave over it, but studies are inconclusive. I've been trying it, but I only started recently.

Anti-inflamatories (advil) and ice will definitely help with swelling.

Running is one of the worst things for your knees, sadly. Bicycling and swimming are some of the best, so that's good. So hopefully you'll never have trouble pedaling your bike.

You're probably looking at arthritis, but I'm not a doctor or anything! It's definitely worth going to see an orthopedic doctor. There are several non-surgical things you can try, depending on your diagnosis.

My theory was that I didn't want things getting worse, and I wanted to be able to do fun active things for as long as possible. Better to get it remedied sooner than later! All we did here was a "clean up", smoothing out frayed and jagged bits. I was hoping he could do more, and there are other potential options available, but we're going to see how much improvement this gives me first.

I definitely recommend visiting a knee doc. Answers and information are your best weapons, and you want to continue humiliating 20-somethings for decades! *grin*
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