I met with the orthopedic surgeon this morning and while the appointment went very well, I left feeling pretty low. It is one thing to know inside what is coming and what is in your future, but it is a different story when you hear something out loud and discuss your options. While I knew this was coming, today I officially learned that I am having ACL revision reconstruction surgery and meniscus repair surgery. Due to my student teaching taking place this semester and the slow approval process of workers’ comp insurance; I won’t have surgery until May. Ideally I would have the surgery on Monday, March 22 when spring break starts, that way I would have a full weak to recover before heading back into the classroom, but the doctor assured me that it won’t be approved by then. So, May it is. Combine a May surgery with a six-to-eight month recovery time window and I am not running at all for the rest of 2010.
While I’m super bummed about needing my third knee surgery, I am very pleased with my workers’ comp assigned doctor. Going into my appointment this morning, I did not like my doctor. I felt that I was trapped with this doctor and that I had no other choices. I did not like my previous orthopedic surgeon that operated on my knee earlier. I had a feeling about him in the pit of my stomach and reluctantly went forth with a surgery that ultimately failed. Needless to say, I was worried I wouldn’t like this surgeon and would be stuck in a similar position. That was totally not the case. My new doctor is great. Just from the first meeting with him I know that he is nice, experienced, board certified, personable, and I genuinely feel as if has my best interests in mind.
I know that the road to surgery is going to be rough, and that surgery itself will be rough, and that recovery/rehab will be even rougher…but I’ve got to play the hand I was dealt.
My blog will probably shift a bit this year. It won’t be focused on running as much, and I will probably post random things. Mostly though, I will be posting updates on my knee and chronicling my surgery and my road back to 26.2.