I am six weeks post-op from ACL and meniscus surgery. My quad tendon was used to repair my ACL, and 40% of my lateral meniscus was removed. I am now able to walk almost normally.
The biggest hold up with this surgery is the healing of my quad. The healing takes much longer in comparison to a cadaver surgery. There is a lot more trauma to the leg that needs to heal and it takes time to get those muscles firing properly. It took into week five before I could walk without worrying about my leg collapsing every other step due to my quad not firing. Supposedly, the longer recovery pays for itself in the long run in that it is a stronger repair. Time will tell.
My right leg gets approximately 150 degrees of flexion. My left is at approximately 140. So close! My latest PT exercises include body-weight box squats—nice to be squatting again. My PT has taught me that long-term icing is not of any benefit. Also, taking ibuprofen for swelling was advised against. While Ibuprofen does help with inflammation, it also inhibits healing. Inflammation is a part of building muscle and right now, I need to rebuild the muscles of my left leg.
Currently, my days are all pretty similar. After drinking my morning coffee and doing my devotionals, I exercise for about an hour. This is mostly PT exercises plus some push-ups and pull-ups to keep my upper body going. I am starting to incorporate a 45 plate for plate workouts. However, they are pretty minimal at this point. I overdid it the other day and paid for it with knee pain all night. The knee is essentially not able to handle much more than bodyweight still. At some point in the day, I get outside and go for a walk. At the end of the day, I do another 30 to 40 minutes of PT. Thanks to the Corona Virus, I don't currently have access to a stationary bike. Otherwise, I would be doing that every day as well. Fortunately, I can still go to the PT clinic early and peddle before my sessions twice a week.
The only setback, not that it is really a setback, is two minor, superficial infections. They are just under the skin and collect a little puss. Fortunately, it hasn't been bad enough to warrant a prescribed medication. Over the counter, anti-bacterial has been keeping the infections at bay but I still can't seem to completely shake them. Sleeping is also a bit of a challenge still as my knee doesn't seem to stay comfortable in any position for any length of time.
Each day, more snow outside melts, temperatures rise, and the mountains entice me more and more. I am chomping at the bit to get back up there. My hope is that in another month, I can slowly begin to walk the rough trails. Even if just a little!
P.S. I have been glassing bulls on the mountain out back of the house. Looks like a few are still packing but most have dropped their antlers. Go get 'em.
- Jess Patrick
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.