Originally Posted by LindaA
It took longer for me to recover mentally from the stupid surgery than anything else. I was petrified to screw it up again...so I didn't jump back into it like you did.
but oddly the "involved" knee (therapist INSISTED it wasnt my "bad" knee, it was my "involved' knee.) is way stronger than the other...or at least it feels that way.
Ohhhh, I did that twisted knee slide under the car thing....a couple of times actually...very scary. Oh, its like the "turn to get the shampoo bottle in the shower" thing. That is pretty scary too.
The shower is scary for a while after surgery! Luckily for this last surgery we have a walk-in shower with a seat in the corner, which made it a lot less of an issue. With my first ACL I only had the tub/shower combo that I had to step over and into and I remember that scaring the hell out of me at first.
As far as mental recovery goes, I just made sure I started back with terrain I felt totally confident on. I took time to work on form on the easy stuff and stuck to that until my legs weren't feeling sore and then kept stepping it up as I felt solid with what I was doing. Positive thinking has a lot to do with it - I'd tell myself how much better I am becoming as a skier from all the balance work I have done and the time spent focusing on basics again. So I believe I am coming back stronger and better, and as a result over the long term - I am.
I had a harder time with the first ACL, but knowing that I actually CAN recover and ski well again made it that much easier. Just goes to show you how much of it really is in your head. Not to mention I tend to get up from those first falls after a surgery and suddenly feel MUCH more confident knowing that it really is strong and isn't going to self destruct if I fall.