Thank you for your responses, TurboCoder3000 and Barrjoe!
Barrjoe - my first surgery was 11/8 and my first physio appointment was 12/21.
I wasn't allowed to put weight on other than straight leg until 3 months post-op, so I'm a bit shocked that your re-rupture happened that way!
Did I read that you experienced a lot of pain after the cast was removed? Uh-oh!
What a great progress you've made in such a short period of time! Well done!
BTW, my re-rupture happened just after physio!
Good thing you don't live in my house, with 6 semi-levels...my left hip is exhausted.
TurboCoder - I'm so sorry for your experience with the wound!
My first thought after the first fall was "I have to get the patella into the right position so that I can walk back to the car and get home".
But then it turned out to be absolutely impossible to get back on my feet, no matter how many times I tried. I recognize your story!
I couldn't call for an ambulance, either, until I got hold of someone who could pick up the dog and the car, so I stayed there on the ground for an hour... At least the weather was nice!
Kind of a funny story, though: This happened when I had dropped my husband off for a beer festival, just outside the venue. The location is pretty, and I wanted to take the dog for a quick walk before I drove home. Neither hubby or his mate heard their phones because of the noise inside. I got hold of my daughter, who took a taxi to come to my rescue, but it was a long wait: She had misunderstood what I said, took a taxi to our home, and then - when the misunderstanding was cleared up - ran all across town to get to me.
All while smoking participants of the festival watched me from the terrace of the venue, without anybody calling out to ask if I needed help...
A representant for an Italian brewery caught sight of me and kept me company until my daughter, hubby and mate, and the ambulance showed up all at once.
Although I don't drink beer, Loverbeer will always hold a special place in my heart!
Imagine how many times the doctors asked me if I had been drinking, when they heard where it happened.
I've found three major advantages with going this second round:
1) This time I'm not panicky about falling!
In the 17 days between the first injury and the surgery, the knee was so unstable it felt like nothing but skin held the leg together. After my second fall at home - you know, the day after I was discharged from hospital with no proper examination, no treatment, no brace, no restrictions
- I was so fearful I cried several times a day. And I've been around the block a few times, I'm a tough woman who's not easily scared.
2) I know what excercises will be important when the cast is removed, and what was problem areas the last time. I keep tightening the muscles all the time, and - imagine this! - I am now able to properly tighten the vastus medialis, which I'd only just started to "get hold of" in physio before the second rupture! Yay me!
The cast is rather wide, and I'm therefore able to sneak my hand inside it to get a better feeling of how the muscles are responding.
3) When I was home on a temporary leave from hospital last Saturday, my dog fell ill and had to be put down the same evening. Although it's sad and empty (we've been together almost 24/7 for 11 years, travelled a lot together through several countries, trained a lot together, she was my motivator and my mental crutch!), it also means I don't need to worry about finding help to take care of her while I'm unable to. She was old with quite a few ailments, and we were expecting it, although not just yet.
It actually feels ok, though, and her timing couldn't have been better!
So, although my prognosis is sh*tty according to the doctors, I feel there's a lot of advantages this time. The second time around is supposed to be easier concerning all matters, right?
I've even become better at taking one day and one problem at a time, which will be pretty useful, particularly as it seems I've developed a heart problem, as well. (Waiting for cardiac appointment)
Oh, the joy of growing old...