Pushing through the setback

Thursday, May 10, 2012

It's been nine days since I tore my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) playing volleyball. Now no more volleyball, climbing the Butte, water aerobics, or bicycling. I was exercising three times a day before this injury, and now I'm not even supposed to walk.

I do the exercises the orthopedic doctor recommended, but I am going crazy without exercise. I'm fighting the urge -- successfully, so far -- to overeat because I'm bored and feel sorry for myself. My friends and family help me as much as they can. They're wonderful.

I won't see the surgeon until Monday, and that's just to talk about my surgery, not even to get it done! I know how lucky I am to have access to excellent health care, but this waiting, dragging myself around on crutches, in danger of injuring myself further until I have surgery and can FINALLY begin to heal . . . it still gets to me.

I want to stress I'm not injured because I overdid it or pushed myself too hard. Frankly, I'm lucky I lived this long without tearing my ACL. My brother had done it twice by the time he was 35. HIs experience with this surgery helps me to face it. I'm ready!

I want to play volleyball again.
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    I have been there, done that. I did injure myself more after ( not tearing ) but detaching my ACL totally from the bone. I ended up tearing my meniscus because I did not take it easy.
    I'm sure once the swelling goes down they will operate as soon as they can, but they do have to wait for the swelling to go down first. The operation is the easy part. 3 small holes and your fixed up. The doctor was right when he told me " that will be your good knee after the surgery & rehab "

    The rehab was hard work and took a few months. By the time I got done with all the rehab, I used to joke that I had a bionic knee. My muscles all around that knee got really strong and built up with all the rehab. I have never had a problem with it in the 6 or 7 years since I had the surgery. And that's even with me in the 300's for weight.

    One good thing is that after the surgery, they tell you that the quicker you get back on it, the better. I wont lie, the huge brace that went from my ankle up to my crotch was no fun at all. But it was all worth it in the end as I said, I have had no problems with it ever.

    Good luck and try to stay positive.

    I have added you as a friend and please feel free to do the same if you like. I know what that journey is like and hope I can offer some support & advice,

    2141 days ago
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