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6/3/08 5:18 P

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wow sounds like we have some success stories..GREAT JOB!!

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6/3/08 4:06 P

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both of you are doing so wonderful post -op..............what an inspiration you are...........

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Edited by: L*I*T*A* at: 6/3/2008 (16:05)

“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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6/3/08 2:50 P

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7 weeks! See you ARE doing great! I have the bioabsorbable screws too. I'm pretty excited about them. They had to remove my old screw and that caused a lot of my pain issues because it was in the way of drilling the new holes in my bones. I have PT tomorrow, so I'll have to ask about the retrograde drilling. I think my doc used a Black and Decker and went to town on my bones.
I'm 36 and I didn't gain any weight from the last visit to the doc before the surgery and now. I'm seeing the doc again on the 20th and my goal is to be noticeably lighter by then. It's hard to tell because I keep swelling up.

I'm glad you're doing so well! emoticon

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6/3/08 11:42 A

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Second time around. Yikes! I never want to do this again!
I had the allograft as well. He left almost the whole patellar tendon in place pairing down the bone at the ends - he said it really shouldn't tear. Of course, it is weak right now, having just been vascularized - it is not done healing - but he thinks it is plenty strong to do what he's cleared me to do. I had bio-absorbable screws and an "all-inside" procedure - he used a retrograde drill on the inside of my knee joint rather than drilling through my bones. I'm 7 weeks out as of tomorrow. I'm fairly young at 34.

Congrats on the spin class! For me, the exercise I am allowed to do only serves as a reminder of what I cannot yet do. :/ I'm not spinning, but I do have a stationary bike I'm using daily. I haven't lost any weight though. I did not gain. For a couple days it looked like I lost 2 pounds, but I think it was water. I'm hopeful I'll be able to lose as I get more active.

Good luck with your recovery!

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6/3/08 11:03 A

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Yeah I just had it reconstructed for the second time. That's why they're not letting me do too much. I was also an overweight athlete and I guess I took it for granted that I had it fixed and I could go and be athletic and the second tear completely took me off guard. But my therapist told me yesterday that an allograft (cadaver part type that I had done this time) is a much sturdier graft so I most likely won't have this graft fail on me.

I just finished my first spin class back today. Yay! But I'm not allowed to even think about going swimming. And I've been having some recurring swelling so weight lifting is out too.

Mostly I'm just an eager beaver chomping at the bit to get active again. I'm 10 weeks out as of today.

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6/3/08 10:49 A

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Did you have your ACL reconstructed?

I should say that I was overweight, but an athlete prior to the injury, so I had a lot of muscle in my quads and hams to start with, so I would guess that would make a difference for what I can do at this point. Just take your time and do it right -- and never ever ever skip doing the physical therapy - no matter how much of a pain (literally) it is. :)

Also, I definitely took it very easy at first - other people were going out to eat and shop, etc, but I didn't even get up to make my own meals - I wonder if that has anything to do with it - the elevation and keeping ice on it all the time and not trying to do much (until recently).

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6/3/08 10:39 A

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Jen you're doing fantastic! You're already cleared to do way more than me and I think you had your surgery after I did. Congratulations!! emoticon

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6/3/08 10:12 A

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fantastic,jen...........you are on a roll

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keep on............keep on......blessings and hugs..............lita


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When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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And he's very impressed! I have full range of motion now - extension and flexion - well past normal. I'm walking without a limp and doing stairs. Quad is firing, graft is vascularized. Now work on strength. I've been released to jog in a straight line, bike, swim and weight train. Released to walk and do stairs as tolerated. NOT released to play roller derby or even skate and not released for football or (not that it matters in the summer) snowboarding.
We will reevaluate in 6 weeks, and at that time, I expect him to allow me to skate as long as I don't also do impact exercises or actually play roller derby.

All in all, I'm very pleased! I'm getting my bike tuned up for biking to work and training on the stationary for now (the ride to work from the bike commuter parking lot is 6.5 miles - I can't do that yet).

Happy Tuesday everyone!!! Take Care of your knees and I hope everyone is doing well with their knee progress and pampering!
-Jen

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