Thursday, August 11, 2005

Bum Knee

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.


eunice said...

so does that mean i can call you gimp again? wait a second... i never called you that, did i??? rest up.... and i'll keep my fingers crossed that your doctor will give you a clean bill of health. remember how accurate uhs was?

Beth said...

Hang in there chica. It's worse if you think about it too much. Just enjoy all the wonderful things you can experience til october :)

Gina (the one with too many kids) said...

OMG- you were actually considering having ANY TYPE of medical treatment in Mexico???

I'v heard stories of people going in for.......a band-aid and never coming out! It's better to be safe, then sorry...go with what you know. Especially when it comes to medically stuff. You don't want to come out of a knee surgery with a boob job...or do you?