i have recently gone through the 5 stages of loss and grief. what did i lose, you ask? my young joints and invincibility. i have kicked and screamed my way through each stage to finally come to accept my new physical self. i had to get back to that place where activity solved all of my problems, where all of the weight was taken off my shoulders, where i could let go and do something for myself and myself alone. and i have arrived. i have learned to embrace my new physical self that is a result of years of (what many would call) abuse; but i now choose to refer to as, a happy life. Read More »
in january of 2015 i decided to launch a blog. i did so with a brief post, and some photos of the destination that inspired me to finally go live – Lake Tahoe. in the past year my blog has molded into a healthy living blog that encourages others to be active, to be outside, and to be themselves. in celebrating the one year anniversary of thefirst2hours, i thought i would share some of my favorite posts from 2015.
recently, i have written about knee pain, cartilage defects, the symptoms that led me to discussions regarding microfracture, and how i made the final decision to move forward with the operation. once that decision was made, the inevitable next questions i asked (and all athletes ask) pertain to the recovery process and timeline.
physician provided information is limited, and ambiguous. every person has a different knee. the size of their cartilage defect varies, as does the exact location of the defect within the joint. all of these differences impact the outcome of the operation, and therefore the timeline for recovery. due to these unknowns, doctors are reluctant to provide microfracture patients with any specifics.
much like the physicians, i can’t promise that others’ recovery will follow the same timeline as mine; but i’m hopeful that by providing others with this history of my recovery, that it will give them a better idea of what they could expect.
“just wait until you turn 30,” everyone said. “that’s when everything starts to go downhill.” i refused to believe them. i was the exception to the rule. i was in better shape than most. i was fit. i was strong. and i took good care of my body. but there was one thing i didn’t account for – my joints. joint problems are a commonality amongst lifetime athletes; and although i had never had any orthopedic issues in my life, i celebrated my thirtieth on crutches, a week after having microfracture surgery on my right knee. ever since i have been trying to replace all of the good exercises that were previously performed on my good knee, with good exercises that could be performed on my bad knee.
discovering exercises that were knee friendly was not a challenge. but discovering knee exercises that were knee friendly and that i actually enjoyed was a huge feat.
last week i initiated discussions on cartilage defects with my post “Microfracture, and the One Orthopedic Problem There Isn’t a Real Solution For,” today i will back-up a few steps to explain how my knee was acting, leading up to conversations regarding microfracture, the future of my knee, my lifestyle, my health, and my sanity.
find the workout clothes from previous post… Microfracture, and The One Orthopedic Problem There Isn’t a Real Solution For.
POWER WARM PUMA TIGHTS * ARCTERYX MOTUS CREW LS TOP
SPORTSMANS BASEBALL CAP * CAMELBAK L.U.X.E. * BROOKS GHOST 8 RUNNERS
4 days ago, i went on a hike with a friend who was squeezing in her last days of freedom before having a microfracture operation on her knee. 2 years, 4 months and 14 days ago, i had the same microfracture operation on my knee.
you may be wondering what microfracture is. i most certainly was when i was told it was the next course of action for my knee years ago. the surgery is almost completely unheard of in the general public. there are nearly zero on-line accounts documenting the process of microfracture and the recovery. and what one reads, isn’t encouraging, promising, or helpful. so i have decided to change that. i had my surgery at the peak of my athletic career. one day i was competing on the professional beach volleyball circuit and the next i was told (from 5 different doctors) “you may never compete again. but we aren’t certain, because no one is certain. because microfracture isn’t proven, but it also isn’t unproven, and we have no other option for you.”
since i’ve had my surgery i have been able to act as a sounding board, and a support system for two friends and fellow athletes who have come to me for advice. one of which was kelli, with whom i embarked on this 8 mile “Out With the Old, and In With the New” hike last weekend. after a few hours of knee talk, i decided that others who are faced with the decision on microfracture, should be able to join in on our conversation. therefore i will be sharing posts about microfracture, my experience, and my perspectives, in hopes that it will provide others with some sort of comfort in this frustrating process.