How was the surgery? Are you doing OK. I've been thinking about you and wishing you the best.
Hope you had a good holiday. LR is lateral release. My kneecap doesn't track correctly and it is sometimes a way to pull it back into place. From what I've read I'm not sure I'm a candidate for this and my OS isn't sure either until he gets into the knee to see for sure. Mostly what I know is it will prolong my recovery. I already double what my OS said for work (which was 6 weeks) so they know from the past surgery it can be up to 12 easily. If he does an LR it will be longer.
No, I decided on one of our hikes that "I hate hiking." I did enjoy it for a while, hiked all the AT in North Carolina and some in Georgia. And, for my honeymoon, we hiked the Grand Canyon - I really think that was the beginning of the end. That one almost killed me. But I still love the woods and like doing short day walks.
I hope you can continue to hike - you are right about meeting really nice people. We had some great times in the shelters sharing stories and making new friends.
Let me know how your doing.