So how are all of us walking wounded doing? Haven't had to wear my brace for a couple of weeks now, enjoying not having the darn thing on. I do therapy twice a week with the follks who helped from the beginning, just there to use equipment rather than actual costly therapy. My co-pay was about fourty bucks a visit, (I think the actual cost sent to insurance was 300+ per visit) not bad just once but after about 15 visits with full PT it got expensive.
I am on my bike at home two times a week, about 15 miles, enough to keep me slightly in shape. Not much trail riding, although I am on gravel roads. I'm trying to not baby the bad leg, sort of a habit that I am breaking. Doesn't hurt any (or at least anymore than the other one does just through normal wear and tear) so obviously not over working it.
The worst part of my world right now is Bach is opening for 4th of July weekend, dangit. That's six months out from operation, and with allograft I really need nine months before I put on the brace and start skiing. If I am really lucky Hood will re-open at the end of September. They close Palmer and Mile for maintenance in September and re-open if there is still snow, and maybe I can get a drop in there.
Funny side note, several people I know have commented on how since I am "old" I should expect to break things and should slow down. Heck, an ACl is nothing and it is not about age as we see good young skiers go through the same experience. Heal time might be a bit extended but the actual tearing is just the fact that we get ourselves a bit over extended, usually from too much fun. As far as I know most of our top world class skiers have knee injuries for one reason or another.
Last thought here, is when the ACL rip happened. One of the other folks entering in this subject noted that when the ACL went they ended up sliding down hill head first. This is exactly what happend to me, and as I worked out exactly what happened I can see how one would end up head down hill and sliding. Your loaded up on the to be down hill ski when the knee pops and collapses, basically projecting you down hill with rotation of upper body so you land on your back head first. In my case I had a bunch of rocks at the bottom of the chute we were on, I was lucky and managed not to slide into that mess. (Climbing deaths are usually from long slides that involve a finiish in rough terrain just had an experienced climber die on Hood from a slilding fall) So was this just a fluke that the two of us ended up this way or is this fairly common with other ACl rips?
Enough mindless babble, I wish everyone here a continued fast recovery, next season is fast approaching (the days are already getting shorter, winter is just around the corner).