So, its official. After my appointment yesterday with U of M MedSport they confirmed my worst fear - I have a completely torn ACL in my left knee. I can't believe I injured myself so severely while doing something completely non-intense. Its crazy!
I have to undergo an MRI to determine the extent of auxillary damage to surrounding soft tissue and cartilage. Part of me is holding on to a false hope - I hope after the MRI the doctor says "good news! Your ACL really isn't torn! You totally don't need surgery!". But, I really know thats not going to happen :(. I will be needing surgery - the doc said I could either do it here at U of M or do it in Mexico.....I've decided (along with almost EVERYONE I've talked to) to have the surgery here, start rehab, and then complete rehab in Mexico. The way some people reacted when I suggested having surgery in Mexico, you'd think they didn't have the same medical technology. Its not like they operate with really sharp tortillas after sanatizing with tequila people! they have to go to med school too!
Anywho, in the meantime, its lots of rest, ice and physical therapy to get the swelling down and the muscles strong in preparation for going under the knife. It also means electro-stimulation, which was wierd at first, but really works and is WAY cool!
This also means postponing my departure for Mexico about a month or so. Kinda stinks, I was hoping to leave in August and now it won't be until October. But, on the positive side (because I am an eternal optimist) it gives my replacement (congrats ALF!) lots of time to relocate his family to Michigan.
*Sigh* Lots of prayers my way people.....physical therapy is hard, and I'm a sissy. And frankly, I don't like doing things that aren't easy.