Yesterday felt like Christmas to me. I was finally heading to the doctor to find out when I would have my surgery. After waiting close to an hour, I finally see the doctor (Which I don’t get. If we’re late we have to reschedule. When they are behind on schedule, we have to suck it up and wait. UGH!). First, he ask me to flatten and bend my leg as much as possible. Then, he does a few things to my knee to make sure it won’t pop out. After all of this is done, he draws me a diagram and explains the situation. Being the nice person that I am, I have found a niceer diagram for you to see:
There are four ligaments in the knee. I have ripped three: Fibular collateral ligament, Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). The fibular ligament has a small tear that will be fixed during surgery. Both my PCL and ACL have been ripped completely. Usually one will heal and the other has to be corrected with surgery.
This is one time when I wish I could be half-assed about things I do. *sighs*
So as the doctor is telling me all this mumbo jumbo, all I can think is “When’s my surgery?”
No surgery for me…..yet. Since my leg is stiff, he wants me to do some physical therapy before the surgery because if surgery is done now then there is a good chance that I will have permanent stiffness in my leg.
As I am being told this, I start to lose hope.
But, there is a silver lining. I CAN RIDE MY BIKE! I CAN RIDE MY BIKE!!! As soon as he told me this I popped up like a Jack in the Box! He told me that I am going through Endorphin Withdrawal. This is when you have been training so hard and when you stop abruptly, you get into a slump.
He also said that I can put pressure on the leg and walk short distances. The time for recovery will be about 6 months (including the surgery). Without overdoing it, I hope to shorten that time. I am going to research stretches I can do and ride my bike 3 times a week. He said certain machines that work the hamstrings would be a great workout for my leg. I don’t have a gym membership but I do have resistance bands at home and they are going to become my new BFF. I plan to ride my bike this weekend. I typically do about 12 miles within an hour. I know it will take time for me to build up to that pace again. I will probably ride for about 30 minutes. I am not going to worry about pace. I want to ease into is slowly.
On another note, cool weather has hit SC! Woo-hoo! FINALLY, I can pack up my summer clothes and bust out my boots and sweaters! I hope everyone has a great weekend!