Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Well...it's go time


So the day is about here, knee reconstruction time tomorrow afternoon.

The diagram above shows the major ligaments in the knee. My MRI showed I have totally ripped my ACL, torn my LCL (a.k.a. "Post Lateral Corner"), torn or ripped apart my PCL, damaged the meniscus (cartilage), and bruised my lower bone. If my PCL is totally detached like my ACL, the doctor will reconstruct. If it's torn, he'll leave it alone. Apparently 60% of NFL lineman have torn PCL's and play with it. I'm not sure if that's encouraging considering the accompanying percentage of knee replacements for these athletes later in life. The recovery/rehab time goes up by two months if my PCL needs a fix. I could have done worse and torn my MCL, so I'm thankful that's intact.

I'm ready to get this thing done and on the way forward instead of in this pathetic hop-along state. God has given me good peace the last 10 days or so. I like my surgeon and his outlook, but I like knowing God gives such individuals knowledge and skill about fixing this kind of stuff. What would I have done 50 years ago? 100 years ago? I would have hobbled until my opposite hip and knee started to give out. What if I had a job where physical labor was required? I'd be in a world of hurt. Praise God I live now and such technology is available.

Also, my wife is awesome, my kids are the best, I serve a great church with some solid brothers, and I killed a good buck yesterday. I can't complain about anything.

1 comment:

Woody Woodward said...

Rest in Him and the fact that so many are praying for you. You ask for no visitors, but please know, we are with you.