ACL & MENISCUS TEAR = KNEE SURGERY
Knee surgery is what I desperately tried to avoid. I can’t avoid it any longer. I had no idea that I had torn my ACL 6 years ago, but as I wrote in a recent post, “Are You Too Hard or Easy On Yourself,” for my other blog.I essentially explain that it’s tough to find a middle ground and find balance in our lives. Regarding my personal situation, I have always been extremely hard on myself. This is okay if you are without the responsibility of caring for a child. When you have a child and when you are a parent, life changes quickly, and so do you.
My orthopedic surgeon’s calendar isn’t opening up until the end of August, so I have some time to get my affairs in order. It looks like I will have to rely on having my husband home for a couple of days post knee surgery. We recently started to use Emma, our cute 15-year-old baby sitter who’s the daughter of a friend. I am definitely glad that my knee isn’t so far gone that I need a full knee replacement. But, having both a torn ACL and a meniscus tear concerns me.
Post Knee Surgery Recovery & Caring For A 14-Month Old
My doctor doesn’t think the meniscus tear is an issue. He said he may stitch it, but that the biggest concern is my ACL and that I essentially have no ligament remaining. My doctor will be using tissue from a young cadaver, likely from a deceased teenager, he said. The thought that I’m taking advantage of some young person’s death makes me sad. At the same time, I am grateful for those who offer tissue and organ donations for people who need it.
After a knee surgery, having to hobble around on crutches with a very active 14-month old will be a juggle. But, where there is a will there is a way. I will definitely try to use the carrier and strap her on and try the crutches. My husband thinks I’m nuts, but I am the type who is always on the go. The thought of being held back and not able go a million miles a minute feels slightly constricting.
Take Care Of Yourself
I guess the moral of the story is that there is a time to move and a time to be still. Life gives you clues and the universe will point out when it’s appropriate to do either. I will be recording video of my progress. I’d love to get approval to film the knee surgery, but I highly doubt that will happen. I can’t imagine my doctor agreeing to strap a GoPro on his head to document the procedure. There are also restrictions and rules with certain hospitals, I am sure. So, I’ll need to rely on what I can film and document. Hey, just because I’m going to have knee surgery doesn’t mean that any injury will stop me from creating.
I am and always will be a content creator, and no circumstance will ever stop me.