Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Knee List

1.) ACL #1, Winter 1993, 215 lbs.
2.) Scope for scar tissue, May 1994, 225 lbs.
3.) ACL #2, Winter 1996, 240 lbs.
4.) Debridement & Hardware removal due to Serratia infecting ACL #2, February 1997, 240 lbs.
5.) Bone graft, October 2001, 285 lbs.
6.) Scope #2, March 2003, 240 lbs.
7.) Scope #3 and more graft in anticipation of ACL#3, Winter 2005, 160 lbs.
8.) ACL #3, December 2006, 155 lbs.
9.) Debridement & Hardware removal due to TOALLY PREVENTABLE HOSPITAL INFECTION /bitter, Jan 2007, 155lbs.
10.) Bone graft, February 2008, 160 lbs.
11.) Revision of bone graft, February 2009, 170 lbs.

Result: No ACL. Massive osteoarthritis is all 3 compartments. Compromised joint space and cartilage that can no longer do it's job.

I will not let me knee get the best of me. I will not let my knee get the best of me. I will not let my knee get the best of me. I will not let my knee get the best of me. I will not let my knee get the best of me. I will not let my knee get the best of me. I will not let my knee get the best of me. I will not let me knee get the best of me. I will not let my knee get the best of me. I will not let my knee get the best of me.

5 comments:

Angie P said...

your surgery list is almost as long as mine. Are oyu a candidate for a knee replacement?

Sarah said...

I'm 33. Saw the expert in this field in Boston in December. I need to wait. 45 at earliest. My pain patterns and way I am built do not offer any other surgical solutions. ie. HTO or the like.

midlife_swimmer said...

There are things I will not try until I get under certain body weights because of my knees. I broke my right ankle and sprained it a total of 8 times. I have torn the cartilage in my right knee 5 times and while young, not had it looked at in 20 years. I sprained my left ankle 4 times and tore a ligament in my left knee and the joint grinds and slips backwards if I am not thinking about my movement. I read this and I cringe, we are all so fragile. My knees are the reason I ignored a few doctors and a nutritionist and started to swim as my main and sometimes only exercise for weight loss. If I were you I might REALLY push seeing more specialists and replacing earlier. This just makes my heart ache. owie

Anonymous said...

That is one m*f*ing harsh list. The nosocomial infection and resulting harm to your life are especially crazymaking. Severely narrows your options. I'm really sorry you've had to go through all those traumas.

Your knee will not get the best of you.

If I've learned one thing from reading your blog it is this: the power to make healthier choices does not arise from the number or variety of options before me. The power to make choices can, however, expand my options...even beyond my ability to envision them.

For that insight I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

--Robin

Anonymous said...

I had a serious back injury 3 years ago and had to have sugury. That really put me back and I gained weight....These days I am very careful about it.

Tom Brokaw
www.ihategreenapples.com