Hey Dan! Good to hear from you and don't worry - I think there's plenty of room at the top of the board for all of us.
(My work involves a lot of website usability and interface design, so that's a professional-ish opinion!)
Glad to hear that work is going well. With regards to the knee feeling odd...there's odd as in "not the way it felt before" and odd as in "I think something bad might be happening." A lot depends on the fine lines between those two things. My knee never felt right after my injury four years ago, and in hindsight I should have done more to find out why. With bracing I got to a point where I could do everything I did before, but that leg remained weaker. The giveaway was my skiing tracks, which formed a C-shape rather than an S-shape because I couldn't bring the same pressure to bear when my left leg was on the outside of the turn. I suspect that weakness (thought now to be the result of an undiagnosed partial ACL tear) was ultimately responsible for how easily my ACL gave way in the end. If I'd known then what I know now I would have pushed for more investigation and would almost certainly have had the surgery back then, but then again...hindsight is always 20/20.
One thing I'm curious about is this tendency to insist on a scope in the UK. Here in Canada I've heard of very, very few people who have had a scope prior to ACLr. It sometimes means a bit more uncertainty going in - MRIs aren't 100% in terms of predicting outcomes - but I'd rather just be opened up once and agree on the course of action with the surgeon beforehand, depending on the findings.
At least if you join the KneeGeeks ACLr Class of 2010 you'll be in good company.
I've given up trying to understand my knee. It had a horrible day yesterday, which was entirely my own fault as I spent many hours standing at a party on Saturday night and it was clearly too much. This morning it felt cranky as hell, and after biking to work and doing an hour of leg exercises in the gym at lunchtime it was feeling positively murderous. Then I swam for an hour on the way home and it felt great afterwards - right now I have no pain at all. I think I should probably just be grateful for that, and not worry too much...
One kitty (Mara) is sleeping on the chair beside me, the other (Laya) is pacing between the office (spare room) and bedroom and wondering why I'm not sleeping. Meows to Syd.