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Paranoid knees

Friday, January 04, 2013

No, wait, that's not right. More like, I'm the one that is occasionally paranoid about my knees. It all goes back to when I was a wee lad of 24, and I went to play basketball, and tried to change directions while running backwards on defense, and my knee, quite independently of the rest of my leg, decided that it would rather go the other way. Ended up as a torn ACL, suffered in March, 2000, with surgery to fix it in July of the same year. Really, it cost me two summers, as the knee didn't feel *solid* until fall of 2001.

It's been 13 years since that happened, and yet, every once in a while, I feel a twinge in the knee, and the mind flashes back. That's the case tonight, as a slight misstep while playing basketball yesterday, compounded by a slight slip on ice tonight is causing a slight, sharp pain in that knee. I use both adjectives deliberately, as the twinge is brief, and intense at the same time.

Of course, having said that, I also suspect that if I didn't mention it here, I would have forgotten about it by morning. After all, it has been a baker's dozen years since the fix was implemented, and the knee has behaved solidly during that time. I'm no more worried about it than any other joint in this corporeal frame of mine. But every once in a long while...you just can't help thinking, y'know?

I did go to the Michigan hockey game tonight, and I must admit I was amused at going to a Michigan home game, and seeing everyone stand and sing the opponent's fight song. But then again, the Wolverines were playing against the kids from the US National Team Development Program, which is base in Ann Arbor. The youngsters took down the Wolverines, 5-3, and it wasn't really that close. Michigan hasn't played well to date this season, and this result doesn't bode well for the second half of the season. Michigan's incredible streak of 22 straight trips to the NCAA tournament might be in serious jeopardy. It was, however, good to see injured defenseman Jon Merrill back on the ice. Having one of the top blueliners in the country back can't hurt.

Plans for Saturday include a trip to the gym, and a run to Blimpy Burger. Those should balance out nicely, I think!
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    Hope the knee starts to feel more solid!
    1893 days ago
    I have a paranoid calf — as soon as I feel anything in that spot I go back to the moment I felt it snap like a rubber band! Is this one of those things where I'm supposed to feel love for the injured area to help it heal? Because I don't, I just resent the stupid thing every time I feel a twinge! Hmmm, maybe I should work on this…

    1897 days ago
    LOL! Yup . . . the gym, then Blimpys (or vice versa . . . either way!) That's balance.

    Enjoy. Hope that knee doesn't give you trouble.
    1898 days ago
    my ankles are paranoid! It's such an itty bitty joint, holding up my whole body. I wear an ankle brace for extra support and confidence when I run or work out. I don't want to be sitting on the bench for another season.
    1898 days ago
    I know exactly what you mean. I tore my ACL seven years ago in a dancing mishap. One moment I was dancing the Mexican Duranguense (twisting AND spinning!) with a dashing younger man. The next, I was the center of attention as everybody in the room stopped dancing and stared at the woman whose body had snapped loudly enough to be heard over the music.

    I actually never had surgery to repair my knee. I did a year of torture therapy (PT) and have mad muscles above and below the injury. I had several brain surgeries the year before and just couldn't bring myself to have any more surgery that wasn't life-and-death necessary.

    Anyhow, the slightest little twinge or odd footfall...

    Yes, paranoid knee indeed. :)
    1898 days ago
    emoticon Take nothing for granted and live well! Keep up the good work! emoticon
    1898 days ago
    you can do it
    1898 days ago
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