Just quickly replying, sorry for not really getting back to read much else right now (maybe this evening)
Hey Kris , that's a rough diagnosis. I hope it doesn't bring you down too much and make it hard to heal, who knows what new treatments for arthritis are right on the horizon? And don't worry about sticking with the dingos when you aren't running, I (ahem) know that you aren't the only one. And sometimes we're good for a laugh.
Oh, I may read and catch up from time to time, but I don't think I'll post much for the time being. Esp since for the next month or so I'll be looking at pt again. but I'm not letting this hold me back. I'll share what i posted on my blog after i got home at the end of this post.
KJoslyn, Good luck with healing. I hope it goes better than you expect, and that you have much running ahead of you.
thank you! i hope so too!
KJoslyn ~ how much degeneration was there in your joint? Are you bone on bone? Is it confined to one section of the knee (lateral, medial, patellar?) I also have DJD in my medial knee and have for at least 5 years. It has not impacted my running much at all and MRIs show little progression at this point. All is not lost! Best wished for a fast recovery from the menisectomy (which I also had in 1996...)
I don't know how much degeneration. The surgeon didn't even talk to me, as I was just waking, but to my husband. All i know is that my tear was the left lateral, and they did get that fixed. I'm definitely not giving up at all... and i really hope above all to prove the surgeon wrong. I go back to the office for my post op appt on tuesday, so i'm going to be asking for more information about this.
Here is what i posted on Tumblr (and as a note on facebook):
OMG, did i ever tell you how much in love i am with the post-op nurse who gave me ice chips? Poor J, I'll pin for Craig for awhile - LOL (kidding!)
yeah, expect my own hydration nudge photo here shortly
So, as you may have guess I am home from my knee surgery. And the tractor truck slamming into my forehead feeling from waking up out of general anesthesia is finally lifted.
The good news? They repaired my torn meniscus! YAY!
But there is bad news too...
My knee has significant arthritis and I am looking at maybe reaching 50 before I'll need a knee replacement. So about 15-17 years.
we're going to focus on the positive. My tear is fixed, so i should be able to use my left knee again
I'll start PT in a couple of weeks to re-strengthen my knee and thigh muscles from the last few months lack of use due to the tear that i had repaired.
And while it may take longer for me to reach my goals, I see no reason right now why i can not achieve them.
I may have to wait a few extra months to do that 5k, and the triathlon i wanted to do this year may need to wait till next summer. BUT, that doesn't mean i wont get to do them... i just need to make sure my knee is strong enough to allow me to get it done.
So for right now, I'm going to enjoy my husband pampering me, my leg up in the recliner, knowing that this rest right now will help ensure that i can count on my knee when i need it too soon enough.