Knee Surgery and Recovery
Saturday, September 08, 2012
A week and a half ago, I had arthroscopic surgery on my right knee to repair a torn medial meniscus. Good news: the doc didn’t find any arthritis, which is great news since it is pretty rampant in my family. The bad news: it hurt! For some crazy reason, I didn’t expect it to hurt so much, maybe since everyone had told me what an easy surgery and an easy recovery it was, but as I learned, when they cut into you, it’s going to hurt! (Duh!) Ah, well, enough crying, I was back at work in 6 days with minimal pain at that point, and only limping a little, so I am not complaining.
The whole experience has really made me appreciate how lucky I’ve been to have enjoyed good health in my life. And how lucky I am to have people to help me when I need it…my son took me to the surgery center and drove me home and took care of me (although I think he was hoping I would be goofier coming out of the anesthesia that I actually was – he wanted to post his goofy mom on You Tube!)…and my boyfriend waited on me hand and foot all weekend, and everyone offered to come over and help me, drive me here and there, just wonderful. I am so blessed.
So, I am pretty determined to be really careful about not reinjuring it and about avoiding future injuries. I think I need to set some new fitness goals. We’ll wait and see how the recovery goes, I really love and miss running, but definitely I plan to do a lot more cross-training: riding my bike, Pilates, strength training, that kind of thing. Since I injured myself trying to set a personal best in a 10 mile race, I am not sure whether it was the speed work (which I had never really done before) or the long miles that caused the injury. I was really enjoying the speed work, and I like having specific goals to work towards, so I am going to have to think that over the long term. I may stop doing long races, and see how it feels to do speed work for shorter races (5-10Ks). Or I might explore bike races, since I know at some point, I am going to have to reduce the amount of exercise I do.
But for now, I’m going to focus on recovery, PT for a month, and I’ll check with the therapist about what exercise I can do during that time to stay in shape. Then we’ll see what the doc says.
I’ve been pretty undisciplined and not doing a good job of staying on track on my calories. And the scale is definitely showing it - I regained 3 pounds. I think I was feeling sorry for myself and used food to feel better. And it’s almost like my body needs to have the discipline of exercise in order to be motivated to maintain discipline on eating…which is terrible, because now is the time when I really need it! But again, I’m determined to get back on track. I know I can do it.
So cheers to all and be careful out there!