On February 27 I was at the Gathering at Alpine meadows and what a day. After months of poor coverage and an anemic winter, we finally had about 2-feet of snow fall during the day. So what do we do? Naturally, we follow SkiDad off piste over the gnarly rocks, stumps and logs that are frosted with a deceptive soft covering of fluff. I found myself rail-sliding a huge log headed for Dookie's noggin, and launched off the log to ugly recovery, and skied it to the lift. No big deal until later in the day and especially that night when the burn at the bottom, outside region of my kneecap/tibia said "OH CRAP"!.
Lacking Ibuprofen and chalking it up to a generally low fitness level, I managed to rally for the Mt. Rose demo day, but had nothing to stand on with my right leg, but still managed to play in the powder. By evening, the burning pain sent me scrambling for Advil and a hot tub that night, but again, managed to ski to the big wedding at Northstar the next day. In fact, I won the Epic-Pass Dolly Parton award for skiing 9 to 5 as well as a number of vertical awards on facebook. (Northstar knows where I am ). Other than looking good for the wedding, I seriously flailed all day with no right knee.
Pain continues, and here we are in Mid-April, and my knee is snapping whenever I try to get up from a chair or out of bed, and I'm unable to stand on the pegs on the motorcycle, and haven't skied since March 3. It finally dawned on me, something is wrong. Given that for me, nothing has ever been wrong, denial works pretty well.
Made the appt, and the doc does some painful twisting and turning and playing snappy tunes with my right knee, and thinks a referral to the orthopedic might be a good idea. That's it, but should know more soon. I figure lots of people ski on meniscus tears, but after more than 6-weeks, I got nothin'. Still can't fully extend or contract the joint, and it is pretty unstable. It's not nearly as sexy as the ACLs everyone seems to rebuild here, but has anyone done a meniscus repair?