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    Aut Vincere Aut Mori Snuffleupagus's Avatar
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    ACL? We don't need no stinkin' ACL!

    After nearly one full month of waiting after my skiing mishap I had an MRI of my knee taken on Wednesday. The wait between Wednesday and today (Friday) has been unlike any I've had since childhood. I could equate it to the youthful anticipation preceding both a birthday party and a punitive visit to the Principal's office. The flesh surrounding my knee held within its invisible confines the deciding factor of my military and athletic future...totally beyond my control. Held at the mercy of the slow-grinding Army healthcare system, I was finally granted a measure of relief today.

    Early this afternoon, I placed a call to the hospital, and after a series of transfers and ever-so-enlightening hold messages I was rewarded with the results of my MRI. When I got through to the nurse, I was so relieved and excited to finally know the condition of my knee that the bad news didn't affect me as strongly as I might have expected. In short - my ACL is torn, I've got a cyst which may or may not have resulted from the initial trauma, all the bones in my knee joint have bruising evident, and there is a substantial amount of fluid. I need to confirm the treatment plan with my doctor on Monday - but from what I understand I'm looking at surgery and a 6-12 month recovery. Horray. So much for racing this year...

    Moreover, now I need to seriously start looking at College. I've only got a year left in the Army, and don't plan on re-up'ing at this point, particularly given my relegation to desk work. Maybe I'm just an oaf - and hurt myself because that's what I'm prone to do...or maybe I needed a little extra push to get my education, and the ski accident was that push.

    At least I can ride for the time being. Here's to pedaling

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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    I feel for you bro'. I tore my left one in a M/C accident. Never got it fixed, the ortho just said to be careful how I walk.

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    Sorry to hear things aren't going so well.
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    I'm sorry about your knee. You are taking it well at least.

    I myself have thought many times in my head that I would actually truly cry if my knees disrupted physical activity. I couldn't bear it.

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    Good luck, man! Gettin' edumacated is always a good idea. I don't have to worry about it, tho. I hit my head a lot more than my knees.
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    Isn't ACL surgery like real quick these days? Walk in and walk out the same day and back to whatever you're doing a couple days later?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jyossarian
    Isn't ACL surgery like real quick these days? Walk in and walk out the same day and back to whatever you're doing a couple days later?
    Not exactly...

    A meniscus tear is much more simple - but an ACL surgery is a pretty painful process with a week or so of being a near invalid and several months of progressive recovery.

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    Mr. Chen - Thanks.

    Kat - I figure I've got two options, get depressed about something I can't change, or make the best of a bad situation. In this case I'm trying to focus on shedding some unneeded mass while I'm not in top physical form and concerned about day to day performance.

    Quote Originally Posted by Karldar
    Good luck, man! Gettin' edumacated is always a good idea. I don't have to worry about it, tho. I hit my head a lot more than my knees.
    Maybe I need a knee helmet...or you need a full face. Possibly both

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    Quote Originally Posted by MERTON
    uh... you shoulda already been applying for financial aid... google fasfa and fill one out NOW. and apply for a school NOW.


    oh... you gotta year... well.. make sure you apply as soon after jan 1st as possible.
    Ineedidly-do. Most early decision stuff isn't due until the fall. Financial aid isn't a big worry either. Residency + 66k GI Bill.

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    wow, snuff, sorry to hear about your knee. Sounds like you had a feeling that is what the problem was going to be. Glad to hear that you are going back to school, good for you!
    Where am I going?......

    ....and why am I in this handbasket?

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    CM, thanks - I probably need some ed-u-ma-cation anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus
    CM, thanks - I probably need some ed-u-ma-cation anyway
    it ain't never hurt no one any how...
    Where am I going?......

    ....and why am I in this handbasket?

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    some advice/insight from my surgery if you're interested:

    - plan on closer to two weeks of very limited activity.
    - Do NOT push your rehab, do NOT lose patience, do NOT focus on muscle building, do NOT over-exert your knee... unless specifically told to push harder by your doctor and/or physical therapist.
    - DO focus on increasing range of motion, DO focus on reducing scar tissue build-up.
    - Rent a CPM (continuous passive motion) machine. Even if it's not covered by insurance, it's so very worth the cost. It keeps your knee moving in a slow, controlled fashion which really helps improve range of motion and decrease scar tissue buildup.
    - DO some rehab BEFORE surgery. Build up strength and stress your muscles beforehand and that will really help afterwards. Learn to walk and move without and ACL and that'll help you get around while the new ACL attaches itself in your knee.
    - Plan on two months of being very careful. It can take that long for the new tendon to actually fully attach itself. Rupturing the new tendon during this time would so very suck.

    I'm 12 weeks from surgery and starting to feel solid. I can stand on my pedals and push myself. Gonna start slow and cautious jogging this week.

    Don't be too depressed. The first few days after surgery were awesome... drugged up, good DVDs, girlfriend doing every little thing for me. Good times.

    SURGERY ADVICE:
    - do get the nerve block. In addition to general anesthesia, this will help control pain for hours after surgery. I was hesistant cuz they're like, "and if you want, we'll stick this big ass needle in your upper leg and put pain killer near your nerve. It'll hurt a little..." It actually didn't hurt, just this wierd sensation, probably cuz I already had some sort of sedative. But I felt it when the nerve block left me about 18 hours later. Really was a huge help.

    My biggest problem during the last three months was horrible nausea the first few hours after surgery. They gave me one dose of motion sickness medicine, like Dramamine. I had to stop on the way home to get some over-the-counter stuff and take a second dose as soon as I could. Get some in advance just in case.


    EDUCATE yourself on the various donor tendon types. I recommend using your own body parts instead of a dead person. I used my hamstring tendon and can feel where it's missing in the back of my knee, but I don't miss it functionally. I hope you get an experienced knee surgeon.

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    How long after your surgery was it before you could drive?

    I've got a manual transmission truck with not a whole lot of leg room...I drove myself an hour to the ER after the inital accident, and home 4 hours after the ER. I don't want to rely on co-workers and cabs to pick my broke butt up.

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    I'd say you should expect a minimum of a week not driving... or really doing much of anything. In addition to your leg not being very useful, you're likely to be illegally intoxicated from the pain meds for the first week.

    Plus, no hospital will operate on you without an adult committed to taking care of you for the first 24-hours, including driving you home. Which from the leftover general anesthetic, you'd be lucky to not hit the first telephone poll

    sorry bro, it's only a couple weeks of being screwed, try to accept that.

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