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For those of you who are new to my blog or you haven’t been following my Instagram feed then you probably have no idea what injury I am referring to. Let me catch you up.
Back in August of this year I was doing the activities I usually do. Tuesday night was tennis, Wednesday morning I danced, and it was during the dancing that my right knee just wasn’t having it. Jumping was painful, squating was bad, and kneeling for any floor work was out of the question. I assumed I had done something but with a bit of ice, rest and KT tape I would be fine. Thursday came and I was limping all day and by Friday morning it was obvious that there was nothing I could do to fix whatever I had done. 12 hours later and one visit to the urgent care, I came home with crutches and an order to be seen by an orthopedist.
Long story short and over a month later it was determined that cartilage from my thigh had torn off and was stuck under my knee cap. More importantly there is no solution outside of surgery that would repair this floating piece. Nor was there a solution to rebuild the missing cartilage outside of surgery. So on October 24th exactly two months after the injury I will be having surgery to remove the floater and while the doctor is there he will attempt to create scare tissue on my bone in the hope to protect it from further damage.
I have been R.I.C.E ing every day for two months to keep the swelling down and walking around on this leg feels a lot like a rock in your shoe you can’t get out. Super uncomfortable! I have had to do everything I normally do while in pain and sitting in a chair most of the time.
But before anyone feels sorry for me you should know how incredible my family has been and the community of people around me. My husband broke his arm during this time, which is another story, so he has been home taking care of everything. He has been driving the kids around this mountain, running all the errands, helping with all the chores, and so far he still loves me. My kids have been on top of their chores, their homeschooling, and maintaining a helpful attitude through all of this. Not to mention my community and all the meals, and love I have received from them. I don’t know how I’ll repay anyone for all of this but I pray they know I am so thankful.
The question I get asked the most is, “how are you really doing?” Amazingly, I am calmer then normal, I have good work to keep my mind and hands busy, and I can say with absolute certainty that it is well with my soul. Whether I can walk the day after my surgery or I am stuck on crutches for 6-8 weeks, I am good. I am ok not dancing, and not fretting over when I should fit working out in. I am ok. I know there will be moments when maybe the temptation comes again to “go hard or go home,” but this has been a HUGE inconvenience I am not willing to put myself, my family or my friends through again. I really am looking forward to the lighter activities like waking, pilates, and simply enjoying movement.
As for my mind, I feel like being in the word of God has been a balm for my soul. As it should be.
After surgery I will need to see someone about the extent of this arthritis. What kind it is and what should I be doing next. But for now I can’t wait to walk without pain again.