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One mensicus repair success story

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Apparently, I have too high of expectations.

I thought I was limping along behind schedule after a 'pretty big tear' in my meniscus was arthoscopically repaired Sept. 27th. My hips were killing me after being up and around for a couple of hours. The knee doesn't hurt, just my foot (which is another surgery for a neuroma coming up Oct. 27th) and my hips.

Doc and I determined that the hip pain was coming from walking funny because of the foot. Whew. I thought it was knee related.

He said, "I noticed you're not using a cane." I didn't know I needed one. I ditched the crutches day 3.

He poked around the knee, said "Does this hurt? This?" No to all......I really don't have any knee pain.

He said, "How's your range of motion?"

"Pretty good, I guess," I said.

He snickered. "I won't let you get away with that. Show me. Extend your leg."

I did. I flattened it out like a tightrope. He nodded approvingly, then slyly said, "OK, now, how about the other way."

I stood up and said , "This is about as far as I can get it to go cuz I'm so fat", and put my heel up behind me and grabbed my foot and pulled it up as far as the skin will let me.

His eyes about popped out.

He said, and I quote, "No PT for you. That would get you about as far as you already are, and you can't get a better range of motion PERIOD. Congratulations! You must be pretty athletic."

Boy, do I have him fooled. I'm not athletic: I climb ladders and stairs all day, sling heavy things around, and I rarely sit down unless I'm done buzzing around doing stuff. It's called 'work'.

Anyway, the good news is that if I can heal, anyone can. Doc says 'you're free to do whatever you want as long as you're not stupid."

Whatever does he mean?
post #2 of 13
Way to go, Bonni! I would still suggest doing some preventative exercise, but that's just me!
post #3 of 13
Good for you. You can be athletic and work at the same time, you're not fooling me. Lose some weight, that will help. Just do it.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
You're a smart man, telerod. I DO need to loose some weight..about 30 pounds worth. I'm working on it, but the one thing that gets in my way is depression. I'm overwhelmed, and when I get overwhelmed, my fallback feelgood is......food. Duh.

I need to find a substitute reward. It doesn't help that I like to cook and bake.

I haven't been able to hike this year and that adds to the frustration. Fall is my favorite time to get out and walk.
post #5 of 13
Glad to hear you are halfway done with the repair work, Bonni. You are kind of in a Catch-22 with immobility feeding (sorry, bad pun) your depression. Maybe you could do some non-standing exercises, like that which is done with a partner.
post #6 of 13
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You're a smart man, telerod. I DO need to loose some weight..about 30 pounds worth. I'm working on it, but the one thing that gets in my way is depression. I'm overwhelmed, and when I get overwhelmed, my fallback feelgood is......food. Duh.

I need to find a substitute reward. It doesn't help that I like to cook and bake.

I haven't been able to hike this year and that adds to the frustration. Fall is my favorite time to get out and walk.
Spin on a bike like a deranged banshee! Go until you're ready to puke. It takes away the appetite and burns fat like nobody's business. No less than 45 minues of pushing hard. Being non-impact, it's easy on the feet, knees, hips, etc., unlike running). It also boosts the level of endorphins, giving you that post-exercise "high", which might possibly help the moods.

I started increasing my commute home from the 6.5 mile stock ride to 20 miles a few days a week, just because it makes me feel good (there's those endorphins). I don't have a lot of weight to be able to lose (12 pct body fat), but before I realized what happened, I dropped another 5 lbs. Plus, when you do get the urge to eat, your body can handle it when you're burning calories on a regular basis. I'm eating quite a bit more now than when I wasn't riding a lot (and not much of it is "good for you" food - I just downed a Twix bar and am about to crack open a bag of Doritos)

Oh yeah.... Glad to hear the knee issue is a non-issue now.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
I did get out and rode my bike this week. If felt pretty good!

Surgery this morning went well. My foot is a bundle of pain even with hydrocodone and the ice machine on. Oh well, I just have to get through the next 2 days and I'm home free.

No standing on it for at least a week........I'll go NUTS!!!!!! However, my doctor makes housecalls, and stopped by to see me this evening. What a nice man! He says I'll be skiing by mid-December if I do this right, and he should know as he's a patroller, too.

WHEE!!!
post #8 of 13
Take care of that foot. I hope it gets back to normal soon. I understand the depression/food equation and how injuries can factor in it. I broke my collarbone in april and got plantar fasciaitis (sp?) while recovering from that, so I've been hurt for a while. Not being able to exercise to burn calories makes it harder.

Keep your spirits up. It might help you to know there are a lot of people here you care about you. I don't know why, but we do.

JohnH, put down the Doritos. Just 'cause you're not fat doesn't mean that junk can't kill you.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
Aw, gee, you care about me because there's no other wimmins here that can irritate like I do. Don't ya just wanna knock me out?

I do about 2,000 calories of fidgeting, moaning, grimacing and whining a day. Does that count?
post #10 of 13
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It's been 2 weeks since my foot surgery, and I'm still limping around. The stitches came out Monday, and the doc was testing the wound and it opened right up when he pressed on it. Super glue and steri-strips are holding it together!

I know it takes time to heal, but I'm anxious. Half of my foot has no feeling at all, and I'm walking on the outside of my foot, still in pain. The nerves are starting to heal, and there are zinging 'electric shock' type of pains that come and go. When they hit, it's incredibly painful...and normal, so the doc says.

I feel that unless I do some fast healing, I won't be skiing anywhere near my normal level. Ahr.

On the flip side, the knee is doing really well. I can do anything with it except kneel on a hard surface. I'm glad I had it done!
post #11 of 13
Bonni
take some zinc and vitamin C supplements
then if you can source it take some arginine

zinc, vit c and arginine are the building blocks for collagen than can limit rate of wound healing IIRC(it was a while back)

then if you can find any get some opsite or tegaderm and lay it over those steristrips as it will support the ski which should cause less scar tissue formation....(don't use if infected though.. or of oozing a lot)
post #12 of 13
Bonni
take some zinc and vitamin C supplements
then if you can source it take some arginine

zinc, vit c and arginine are the building blocks for collagen than can limit rate of wound healing IIRC(it was a while back)

then if you can find any get some opsite or tegaderm and lay it over those steristrips as it will support the ski which should cause less scar tissue formation....(don't use if infected though.. or of oozing a lot)
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
Zinc and vitamin C are accessible, but all that other stuff.....not in this part of the world!
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