Dealing with some adversity the past few months…I twisted my knee playing softball (no, it’s NOT from running, lol) and have been laid up. At first, I was resting and hoping it was just a sprain & not a torn ligament but I couldn’t bear any weight on it. I finally went to urgent care a few days later and the ER doctor was optimistic based on my evaluation but referred me to an ortho and ordered an x-ray. The x-ray came back normal but the ortho did a test to measure the length of my ACL and it showed a significant difference from the ACL in my other knee, indicating a torn ACL. Later, an MRI confirmed the tear and found 2 tears in the meniscus, significant bone bruising & some arthritis.
Bummer. HUGE bummer!
Fast forward to my surgery…August 1st. My mom took me to the hospital and stayed with me until it was time to be rolled into surgery. I was anxious to get it over with and get on the road to recovery.
They gave me a nerve block to help with the pain and rolled me back into surgery. Dr. Richards cut out a portion of my patellar tendon and some of the bone on each side so he could construct that as my new ACL. I went home with a drain in my knee and a huge brace & ice machine.
For someone who is as active as I am, being laid up has been a mental challenge as well as a physical one. I’ve tried to combat feelings of self pity by filling my audiobook queue with plenty of stories of people who have over come adversity and their stories help to keep things in perspective for me. I’m grateful that I was able to have the surgery and have my ACL repaired. Yes, this is a setback for me but with consistent rehab but with consistent rehab, the prognosis is good.