I didn't get cut Thursday. I've known for a couple of weeks now, since just before I left for Germany.
The original injury was in Europe last October. A kid got frisky (sometimes, when I feel old, all students are 'the kids') and I heard something when we went down. Got position, control. Then realized I couldn't use my right leg to stand up.
Finished the class. Hid the limp. If you walk consciously enough you can move and even demo on an unstable knee. Had to teach a full seminar the next two days. The leg utterly collapsed once during the seminar. I was sure it was ligament damage because there wasn't much pain, just a weird, weak, watery sensation. Strangely, it felt better after the collapse. Even stronger.
Made it home, made a doctor's appointment. A little delayed because of seminars, especially New Orleans. (A place I will always think of with the word yum-- thanks, Scott). During this time it collapsed again. Sideways this time. The doctor needed to refer me to a specialist, but scheduled an MRI. MRI showed severe tears of the ACL and LCL. Someone said that walking on my own, much less hiding the limp, was unusual.
Months delay before I finally saw the specialist, and it got reinjured again. Stupid, just stepping off a curb it collapsed to the front/inside angle. Since the injury it had now collapsed straight back, to each side and to the left/front. I started pushing to see the specialist right away.
And the doc was upset because I had delayed so long. And really upset at my lifestyle. He added a torn meniscus to the diagnosis and we scheduled surgery for the 20th of June. It was grim. He explained that ligaments rarely heal on their own after this kind of delay. He also said that the damage was bad enough that some things were off the table. He couldn't use tissue from my own body-- there simply wasn't enough to repair the damage. The replacement ligaments would come from a cadaver. And the damage was to extensive to do arthroscopic surgery. This would be the old-school, wide-open slash. He said no weight at all for 8 weeks, no serious physical activity for 18 months except for PT.
So just before the Europe trip we had the final pre-surgery consult. And the knee was so much better Doc thought it was better not to do the surgery.
With a little help from friends. Dana sent me a book on TCM that was helpful. Wes sent some shuang jin xu gu wan. Randy gave excellent advice on what exercises I could do. Ana of Hag Gefluster made some Beinwel salve. Thanks.
Long term, this is likely just delaying the inevitable. But it's a big relief, for now. Things are far too busy to take eight weeks off, much less eighteen months.
Thanks, friends. And mutant healing genes.
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