Saturday, December 24, 2011

Taking it Easy - Knee Update

It's easier to post than to send out 50 emails. Sorry.

The MRI last night shows a definite tear through the medial miniscus (between the medial condyle of the femur and the medial condyle of the tibia) and some significant bone bruising. My family doc took a look at it and got me off immediately to the doc that works on the local football team, one of the best ortho guys in the area. That doc said "I usually see this injury in professional footballs players, what did you do?" He didn't buy the ninja story either.

He'll do the surgery this week, hopefully. On the plus side, x rays and all showed NO arthritis or pre-existing problems in the knees. I'll be on crutches for a week after the surgery (Barkley will have to stay with friends) then 4-6 weeks until "normal activity" (i.e field work, rappelling, zombies, ninjas, changing the oil in the truck, hiking, lifting more than a 22 ounce Guinness, etc.)

I have hydrocodone though, so tonight I can put on some music and sing "We Three Kings Disoriented Are".

Til then, some rest, some lefse with cinnamon and sugar that I made last week, and a post for later. . . .


  1. Ouch! My Wife just had her knee repaired this past Spring. You should get a Temporary Female Roomie to help you get around for a few days, especially when it comes time to hit the Showers. Trust me on this. And a Good Cane comes in handy down the road, during the "Post-Crutches/Pre-Walking the Dog Unaided" Phase of a few weeks. FWIW, Cold Steel makes some very nice ones, "Just in Case." Took awhile before my Wife gave mine back to me, but that's another story...

    Try to have a Merry Christmas!

  2. That's our Brigid, she doesn't do ANYTHING half way. Sorry about the surgury but Id take that tear to my arthritus any day. Merry Christmas Eve B.

  3. Wishing you the best!

    Merry Christmas. :)

  4. Ah, damn. Merry Christmas Eve. :-(

  5. The hydrocodone is great for removing ambition. You think of all the things you can do while you are stationary with a knee injury, and then the hydrocodone kicks in and your plans fly, fly away. Get well soon.

  6. Well, better to know now, and get it fixed now, than go 'play' in the snow and possibly further damages... Thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery.

    And Merry Christmas too!

  7. I'm sure you'll be inundated with well-wishers and advice, so I'll keep this short. Follow post-op directions to the letter. Do your physical therapy religiously ... BUT don't push it when your knee starts to feel better (from one who learned the hard way).

    Ice will be your new best friend, both on the knee and in a glass. Those large knee-sized cold packs are very convenient.

    Best wishes for both a speedy recovery and the holidays.

  8. Hope all goes well before and after surgery. Don't forget to eat your vegetables, plums, prune juice, that Indian sauce with lots of spinach in it - whatever it takes to counteract the clogging effects of Hydrocodone.

    If your place has a shower, invest in a shower seat, or perhaps an inexpensive lawn chair with arms if the shower is large enough. If the shower has doors, it might help to have a friend remove them temporarily and replace them with a curtain so a helper can assist without doing a contortionist act. (Gee, dejavu just did the sliding shower door helper/contortionist act at my aunt's house this week with mom.)

    Ok, advice/nagging done - we wish that this had not happened to you. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and good health in the new year!

  9. As one who is recovering from both fibula and talus fractures - heal quickly, follow the doctor's orders, and remember that these things follow their own course - trying to force things can have the opposite result. BHL is exactly right - having help can be a God-send. Take care & Merry Christmas.

  10. Best withes for a speedy recovery (and a merry Christmas), Brigid.

  11. It's great that you've got a good knee doc who is going to fix it for you. I've had the same injury years ago, and was going to pass along another name if you wanted a second opinion but it appears he may have this well in hand.

    A cane is a very good suggestion, Les. I have a few stockman's canes around, still. Don't rush to get off the crutches, either. Pushing the healing process isn't a good thing.

  12. May God speed the healing of your knee, and ease any pain. Get better soon, my friend.

  13. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, and be sure to do ALL your PT! And I hope the hydrocodone works better for you than it did for me. It just makes me feel like I am covered in ants!


  14. Sorry to hear you're down for a bit & hope the surgery goes well. Enjoy the medicinal aids!

  15. Wishing you a speedy recovery- have a merry Christmas & happy new year in spite of it all!


  16. After my crutch handling advice, a friend suggested the 'forearm' crutches.
    That's what I get for living in 1966!
    Don't feel the need to keep us all in the loop - unless, of course, you want to.
    Hydrocodone - If you have real pain, a great help, if not, it'll just make you like Pinky...

  17. Merry Christmas Brigid.
    May God grant you a quick recovery.
    I tore mine years ago slipping on ATF (like ice!) in a parking lot on a sunny day.
    Not fun.

  18. Ditto with what Mrs S said, at least the first paragraph.

    I'm just sayin'.

    Hope you heal fast, being laid up is no fun.

  19. Been there, my friend. Mine was a full tear of the ACL. Yay for high-school football. I hope your recovery is quick and you're back to chasing Barkley in no time.

  20. Best wishes to you this coming week. Rest and take care.

  21. Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

    Best wishes and here's to a speedy recovery.


  22. Hope you have a happy holiday season, and good luck with the surgery.

  23. Merry Christmas! And I pray you make a swift recovery from all that ails you. :)

  24. Been there Doc.
    'Cept I was so stupid macho that I chucked the pills, walked way too early and after a year it still hurts a little. Dumb.
    You and Sir Barkley have a very merry Christmas.
    Who loves ya kid?

  25. Brigid. Have a merry Christmas, and please get well soon. And, yeah. Careful with the shower. Those places are slippery. Ouch!


  26. We'll be thinking of ya up in the great (un)white north country over this season.

    Dmac 'n Gail

  27. Heck of a deal!!
    Get well...

    Merry Christmas...

  28. Like everyone else I wish you a quick recovery. But I will tell you - it's not quick. Proper recovery takes time. Follow your doctors orders and don't rush it. It takes time to heal and more time to rehab. Give your knee the time it needs to heal properly. Follow up surgeries because you pushed the original recovery to fast - suck.

    Don't be a tough gal. Take the pain meds. There will be plenty of pain for you to "tough out". Don't add to it unnecessarily.

    Now that said - don't be a wimp either. Anything the doctor says you can do - do. Within reason you have to be up, moving and active.

    My surgeon used to tell me "There is a fine line between guts and stupidity. And you have lived too long on the wrong side of the line." Now I live in a small suburb called "old and broken down." It ain't a nice place - so stay where you are.


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