Dec 4, 2017

A Pain in the Knee: Part XIIII (aka 1 Year Later)

It's hard to believe that it's been just a few days over a year since my knee surgery. And it's been a bit of a rocky year at that. If you want to know the whole story which starts when I was about 14 or so then definitely scroll below and you will find this entire story laid out.

The truth is that a year later I'm a little more okay with the surgery than I was once was but there are days that I still kick myself and wonder what I was thinking by going down this path. I think I have also come to realize that I would be living with the fear that my knee could dislocate at any point - carrying Connor, walking down the stairs, bending over to pick something up (yup that one has happened before). But with this surgery, although I sometimes have trouble controlling my knee and it gives out on my sometimes but I have yet to really fall from that so there's that. When my knee gives out forward it doesn't hurt. It does hurt the few times it has given out by hyper-extending, but nowhere close to the pain that followed the dislocation.

As of just about a week ago I measured my quad muscles and I have about 2 inches less on my left than my right so there is still a pretty big difference between the two. Sometimes my leg cramps and gets super tight and just hurts. Very often, especially with the cold weather, my knee itself hurts and aches. I'm always going to feel the weather change but I hope in time the pain isn't quite as bad.

It was a long journey to just get to where I'm at now and I'm definitely not at 100% but I'm stronger. I definitely wish I was 100% and I wish I didn't notice my knee or have to think about my knee but I do. I am able to do more things now. I'm back to my full workouts. I can jump - although I tend to jump more off my right foot but I'm working on it. I can kind of run. I can do short bursts that require small steps but really stretching out my stride still is a struggle for me. But it's getting there.

It has definitely been a challenge this last year and one I hope to never have to repeat. But I'm getting there.










This last picture is how my knee looks now. The one previous is from March. You can see that the muscle is slowly coming back. My leg still has a way to go but the only way to get there is to keep working and keep pushing forward.

So that's what life after knee surgery looks like a year later.

A Pain in the Knee: Part I (aka The Backstory)
A Pain in the Knee: Part II (aka The Surgery)
A Pain in the Knee: Part III (aka The Recovery)
A Pain in the Knee: Part IV (aka Physical Therapy)
A Pain in the Knee: Part V (aka Still Recovering)
A Pain in the Knee: Part VI (aka Knee Surgery & Recovery + Being a Mom = Really Hard)
A Pain in the Knee: Part VII (aka Brace Off)
A Pain in the Knee: part VIII (aka Walk Faster!)
A Pain in the Knee: Part VIIII (aka Outer Quad vs Inner Quad)
A Pain in the Knee: Part X (aka The Discharge)
A Pain in the Knee: Part XI (aka Life Since Discharge)
A Pain in the Knee: Part XII (aka 6 Months Later)
A Pain int he Knee: Part XIII (aka Meh)

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