My knee's been giving me a wee bit 'o trouble lately, just in the form of general achiness. It's not like I've been squatting what my mama gave me (I'm at 5 reps of 10 with 155lbs) or running miles at a time on hard, unforgiving concrete or anything. It's not like I finished a half marathon 3 months post-ACL/meniscus repair or anything. It's not like I'm the worst patient ever or anything.

This was before surgery but after I injured it in a soccer game.
I refused to believe I had seriously injured myself.
Until I got the MRI back.

What I'm saying is that it's not unexpected for me to have residual knee pain. I was depressed after my surgery. I was terrified of getting fat again overnight and losing my ability to run distances. This thing I had become was something I couldn't be for a while - athletic and a runner - so I fought it. 

I was back in the gym a week post-op. I used one crutch to get around between the equipment and my gym bros helped me by bringing the medicine ball and dumbbells to me (they were also my photographers). I was stubborn, impatient, angry, motivated, focused, and high on pain killers. So maybe not focused as much. All the other things, though.

I took it (my version of) easy after the Shiner Beer Run last November so that I could heal. Problem is, my version of easy isn't my doctor's version of easy annnnd here I am six months post-op with knee pain. I'd do it all again, though. I'm pretty notorious for not letting injuries heal completely. When I'm old and wrinkly, I'll be sitting in my Professor X style wheelchair thinking back to all the fun I had during my life and saying it was worth every minute.

I called my dad about the knee pain. I'm a lucky duck in a truck, because he's a doctor and he makes house calls. He also babysits. It's pretty rad. So he came by to check it out to see if I need to go back to the doc that cut me open an this is how that went:

Dr. Dad: Does it hurt when I press here? *presses where I told him it hurt*
Me: Yes.
Dr. Dad: Does it hurt when I twist it like this? *twists it in a hurty way*
Me: Yes.
Dr. Dad: Does it hurt when I press here? *presses on scar*
Me: Yeah, but that's probably just from having the ACL surgery, right?
Dr. Dad: Shit, you tore your ACL? *more seriously examines entire knee*
Me: *facepalm*

So my point with all that was to say that my knee hurts a little and it's because I didn't let it heal properly. Whatev. It will probably go away eventually and until then I'll just ice it or take it easy when the pain gets really bad and otherwise just deal with it. Whining is seriously not my style, just keepin' it realio.

I manage by moving slowly when I get up from sitting for a long time, like in a movie. Every time I step up or off of a curb when running, I favor it by taking most of the impact on my right leg. I also find it extremely uncomfortable to kneel with my bad leg. If that's the worst I have to deal with, then I'm golden. I can handle having to do all my kneeling on my right side.

I mean, yeah.
But yanno, just with my right leg.

Is this not your natural state?


  1. I would tell you to take it easy but it seems you are totally incapable of doing so. careful.
    {your kiddo is a cutie!}

  2. When exactly would you have time to take it easy? You're busy, you gotta roll with it :)

  3. It took me 2 years to really feel "good" again after knee surgery, and I was a model patient. I ended up having a huge flair up of arthritis in my post-op knee, which kept me from running more than a couple of miles at a time. The orthos said I would never run anything longer than 2-3 miles at a time ever again (eye roll).

    You can and will get there. Yoga helps a lot.


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