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Here's what my coach had to say about my email:

"I'm happy to hear you are feeling better, sorry to hear the full diagnosis!!! Please keep me posted on how your knee is feeling, the last thing we would want is to lose you!!! You are a huge asset to the team, but let's try to keep knee damage to a minimum."

So I can skate, just gotta be careful. Yay! I didn't think she'd want to pull me, but you can never be sure. "Keep knee damage to a minimum..." Yep, that sounds about right.

Last night I went to two different drug stores, looking at knee braces. An open letter to all knee brace manufacturers: "Black? Why black?? Even worse, why blue??? Don't you know that nobody is blue-colored? Nobody is actually black either, just various shades of brown. What makes you think we want our injuries to stand out? Why can't more of these things come in neutral colors?"

I bought a couple tan-colored ones to try, but I don't like either of them. I don't want a black brace; it would look too obvious under my tights....hmm, I wonder if I can paint one tan, the way we paint our ice skates? hm, that's a thought. Might just make a mess though, and look even uglier.

Oh well, the search continues. In other news, I was inspired last night to update my user profile. Mine used to be very boring, but now it's a bit more detailed. I'm not sure if I like it yet or not though. Probably needs more tweaking.

I'm at the office today, but I'm very distracted and not getting a whole lot accomplished. Maybe I should go correct that.....


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thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: January 13th, 2004 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Woohoo! I hope everything works out. My friend P has a tan neoprene knee brace. It has a window for the kneecap and some velcro straps that go on separately around the knee. I can ask him the brand if you want. It's not HUGELY discreet, but it doesn't have that hinged dealie on the sides, so that's something.

Maybe you could get some flesh-toned tricot (like the kind they used to make dolls out of) and make a little sheath to cover the brace you get. It's better than a kick in the head.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 14th, 2004 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Sure, especially if P likes it, finds it nice and supportive. Last night I found one I kinda liked, then I wore my previous one on top for extra security!
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: January 14th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I've just sent him a note and I'll let you know when i hear back. P's injury is not a torn ACL, and his problem is mostly A. that his kneecap does not track properly and B. a marked lack of lateral stability.

(Plus, C: apparently his brother D walked off with all the boys' share of the cartilage in the family, since neither P nor his brother J has much of any. But braces won't fix that.)
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: January 16th, 2004 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)
From P:

"The knee brace that I am presently using is the Patella Stabilizing Brace made by Palumbo Orthopaedics. I use a medium large size. (There are also small, medium small, medium, large and extra large sizes.) The color I have is beige, but blue and black are also available.


I hope this helps,"

P's brace was by prescription, and of course, your knee problem is different from his, blah-blah-blah, disclaimer, disclaimer, disclaimer.

Good luck!
cannibal From: cannibal Date: January 13th, 2004 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. What would Age say? Painting it would be fine.

Your profile looks okay... can you modify the whole page as far as display info and format goes? Would be nice if it was consistent, but then there is a certain advantage to your bio standing out.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 13th, 2004 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm still hopeful that I can find something, if I keep looking. I figure paint on stretchy material will quickly flake off and be a mess, that's my concern.

As far as I know, you can't modify that page format. That's why I just tweaked it to make my bio stand out better, since I figure that's the important part anyway.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: January 13th, 2004 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
What do the doctors say about stretchy vs. metal? You'd think you could just wear the stretchy under your tights.

I agree your bio is most important.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: January 14th, 2004 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Or you could die your skin blue.
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