Thursday, March 5, 2009

Good news/bad news

First, the bad news:
1. SanDee J (aka broken knee #2) tore her ACL a few weeks ago. She is undergoing reconstructive surgery next week.

2. My left knee needs surgery,too. Dr H. confirmed what I suspected today during my appointment. We're going to hold off on that for awhile. It may happen next November. (My left knee makes very nauseating sounds when I walk upstairs - and on bad days, it clicks during every pedal stroke).

And now for the good news:
1. It's going to be a gorgeous weekend.

2. My right knee is healing beautifully. Hooray! The good doctor predicts I'll be "normal" (I use that term loosely) by mid-April - four months post-surgery. He said it can take anywhere from 4-12 months to recover. He mentioned something about "type A, tough" people tend to heal a little faster. I shared this comment with my mother, and her only comment was "He's got your number." I'm not really that tough...no comment on my occasional type A tendencies. Triathletes and Type A personalities go together like Peeps and Easter. But, I think some of my training partners make me look like Little Miss Laidback (you know who you are - smile)

3. My spring break begins tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Six years of grad school are paying off...

2 comments:

TCC said...

Susie, just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know I ran across your blog while searching for information on the lateral release procedure. It was useful to read the information you've posted here. After developing knee pain while running in my early 20s, I had to slowly give it up, but have remained very active in less impact sports. PT, strength and flexibility training seem to have helped me a little, but not nearly as much as I would like. I've seen some increased symptoms during the last couple of years, so for lack of better options, I decided to have surgery, hoping to intervene before too much damage occurred.

Like you, I have lateral tracking knees (esp my left), with a high degree of tilt. I had knee surgery 2 days ago which resulted in a lateral reticular release, some chondroplasty, and removal of the medial plica (which appeared to be causing problems). I realize the results of the surgery can be unpredictable, but I'm focused on recovery and hoping for the best.

Anyway, I hope you continue to post recovery updates as it is interesting to read about another person's experience.

SusieQ said...

TCC-
I hope your recovery continues to progress well. You'll be amazed at how much better you will feel...soon. I'm really glad my blog has helped - I was hoping to share my experience with other potential lateral release folks.
My surgery has gone well - and I'm hoping it will help my other knee (eventually - no more surgery until next fall)