Knee Injury, It’s all in the plan

On February 26, 2010 I was injured playing basketball. I know what you’re going to say, “Aren’t you a little old to be playing basketball?” I’ve heard it. Actually, I’m sick of hearing it. But, I’m sure I’ll hear it again.

The fact is, I’ve been playing basketball three times a week for the last three or four years. I played at least once a week during the school year with friends at a local middle school. I enjoyed playing. No, I’m not really that good. I did it for a couple of reasons — stress relief, cardio and competition. It’s been good for me.

Well, February 26 my basketball days took a blow. I was playing ball with men at my church during men’s retreat. I turned to go one direction, but my knee didn’t follow. My knee cap slipped to the outside of my leg. I fell in pain. I tried straightening out my leg to get my knee cap back in, but I had to push it back in. It was so painful.

I iced it down that night and the next morning I went to the hospital to make sure it was back in place. At the hospital they told me my knee cap was fracture and told me to find an orthopedic surgeon.

Monday, March 1 I went to Doctor Michael Dean at Shoreline Orthopaedics. Dr. Dean didn’t think I did any major damage to my ACL or MCL, but scheduled me for an MRI on Tuesday evening anyway and rescheduled for an appointment for Thrusday, March 4.

At that appointment, Dr. Dean told me that there wasn’t any major damage, but my knee cap wasn’t tracking right. He says I have a genetically deficient knee joint which will require surgery to keep my knee cap in place.

So, I’m scheduled for surgery on Wednesday, March 17. I will be blogging about my surgery and recovery. I hope I’ll do more than talk about the pain and recovery. I hope I’ll be able to also post some things that God is doing in my life.

While I know God is doing this for a reason, I’m still frustrated. It’s getting close to motorcycle season, soccer season (I coach that) and just fun outdoor stuff.

The doctor says I’ll be in a knee immobilizer for two weeks, six to eight weeks before I’m pain free and about a year until my knee is somewhat back to normal.

Lots of stuff to think about.

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