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Friday, January 30, 2009


Ever realize you inherited something from your parents you wish you hadn't? Maybe it's a funny-shaped nose, a bad speech impediment, or a monstrosity of an heirloom you can't justify giving away?
Well for me, it's my knees.
Thanks Dad! ..and Grandma, and probably half the family tree. Psst! I woulda been fine with the nose! In all reality it's not just the knees, it's all my joints- neck, ankles, shoulders- they all kinda creak and crack and ache more than your average 24-year-old's joints should. But right now, it's the knees that have really got me down. Er, no pun intended.
In the last couple of weeks they've started acting up like they haven't in awhile. It's always been the right knee that caused me problems but it seems I might be compensating for the right one with the left, and causing pain there as well.
I got online to research a bit, looked up the "lateral release" my doctor suggested we do and well, basically I found a whole bunch of pictures that made me slightly queasy. I did find this one though:
Helpful, no? Honestly I have no idea what all the means except that it seems to be that patellar ligament that's causing me problems. However I think it gives this post some validity... and anyways I like it. It's nice- neat, clean, simple. How a knee should look. I can't find a good picture of how I think mine actually looks but I can promise you it doesn't look that nice.
So anyway, there is no real reason for this post other than to get to complain and draw you all into reading a blog about my knee pain. But have no fear, at least I'm getting help! Doc prescribed some nice strong pain meds, (which I'm not taking because of the possible effects on other things before mentioned in this blog) and I'm on my way to having surgery to hopefully fix the problem! Doc is on vacay till next week so I'll keep ya posted on how things progress from here...
In the meantime, if you have perfect, lovely, amazing knees. Take a moment to appreciate them.


Julia said...

hey i feel your pain (quite literally, sadly)
the second knee surgery wasn't as quick of a recovery as the first. physical therapist said it could take another year.
who's doing your surgery this time? just having the release or doing the whole thing over again?
i'm sorry your legs are driving you so crazy, you're not alone!

Krista said...

Just the release. And I'm having Dr. Hop do it- which I feel bad about but...I need to try something different. That first surgery did absolutely nothing.
And thanks for the support! :)