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« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2007, 11:10:30 PM »
This seems like a good idea,

My names Gareth, most people call me Garth and I'm 22. I've lived on the same farm in devon (south west england) for my whole life.

I've no idea exactly how my knee troubles started. They began in the summer 9 years ago. I think the early knee troubles were related to my feet being flat and my weight distribution being screwed up. When my feet got sorted, my knees improved almost to the point of going away by the time I got to 17.

Then in december 2002, in my typical fashion, I fell about 9 feet down a very steep bank in to a stream. I landed in some ankle deep water that was also rather cold. My left leg took the impact, how the heck I didn't break it I don't know. My phone which had previously survived being driven over by a tractor (the ground was soft) got wrecked. Somehow I manged to get out of the stream and hobble the mile  or so home in about 2 hours. I saw the doc about it the next day and he dismissed it as a sprain. I got conststantly fobbed of for a couple of months and gave up. It took ages to recover. I've had on and off problems since but never got it looked in to for quite a while. The OS doen't think this is related to current problems though.

Fast forward to november 06 and I realised something was not right with my knee again. I had a feeling it was going to be bad so I went to the doc and got referred to the physio. I got to the point where the physio decided that I could handle the exercises by myself. In mid feb things got bad fast. I had to hastle the doctor to get referred to the OS. Eventually saw the OS who couldn't find the problem and got sent for an MRI. I got the results last week. I've got a partial ACL tear. In between the OS appointment and the MRI I restarted physio. I've got to do physio until october when it will be revised and preumably I'll find out if it will require surgery or not.

Thats about it I think.

garth
Knee troubles since 1997
Dec 07 - Scope, just a clear up.
Feb 09 - Plica removal
Nov 09 - Lateral release
Mar 11 - More done to LR and some 'tweaks'
Nov 12 - Fulkerson and possible vmo advancement, dont know yet!

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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2007, 11:00:40 AM »
Hi great to hear all your introductions. My name is Dot and I moved to Hawkes Bay New Zealand nearly 2 years ago from staffordshire in the UK.
I have 2 grown up kids. My daughter is married and studying psychology and chose to stay in the UK and my son is a mounted lifeguard in the household cavalry but is currently on active duty.
I brought them up singlehanded and once they fled the nest felt I would do something for myself and up rooted with my fur family to New Zealand. I came here alone with the fur family and had never been here before and didnt know anyone!
Red my trailhound is the culprit whom knocked me flying when we were playing with Annie my young pup whom is an english shorthaired pointer.
My other trailhound whom came with me sadly passed away just after x.mas.
I also have 9 cats. Moses a lynx point siamese, Rameses a choccie oriental, Jamila a burmese lilac tortie whom is a rescue cat and Lotus and Saffron whom are kittens from the SPCA. Both are moggies. They are all indoor cats.
Pamiuw a abbysinnian x whom is a very timid rescue cat, Fern a long haired moggie whom had been badly abused. She mainly stays outdoors, Ice a large white boy whom also likes to go outside and Setau whom is a abbysiniian and a real character. He is the boss here and also goes outside.
I am in the process of starting a boarding cattery and was involved in animal rescue for over 20 years in the UK.
I started showing the cats a year ago and had never been to a cat show before. Moses managed to get runner up best N/S siamese kitten in New Zealand last year and I have made some great friends here and feel very settled.

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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2007, 01:49:00 PM »
I'll join in.

My name is Brianne and I am 24 years old.  I live in Michigan and I love it.  I graduated two years ago from college with a B.A. in English.  I have no plans to use my Bachelors Degree so I am going back to school to become a nurse.

I have two cats named Basil and Luci.  They are super funny and super cute.  Basil is my childhood cat as he is almost 12 years old.  Luci is 2 years old.  Basil is a huge cat, but not fat.  He weighs 14 pounds.  Luci is super little as she weighs less than 5 pounds.  Together Basil and Luci make a great pair.  I also have a Cairn Terrier named Benny.  He is only six months old.  As you might guess, I love animals.

My knees have been causing me pain my whole life.  When I was young I would complain to my mom that my legs hurt, but she always thought that I was just being a whiney kid.  My knees started dislocating when I was 12 and its been downhill ever since.  ::)  I have had TTT's on both knees, but the problems have already returned, so its back to the drwing board.

Brianne

P.S.  Dot, I spend 2.5 months in Northern New Zealand during 2004.  I love the country.  I have a NZ flag on my bedroom wall.  I so badly want to go back to NZ.

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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2007, 02:07:47 PM »
rm185western - Pleased to meet you too!  My cats are all moggies.  Meg is a rescue case - her previous owners apparently moved house and never packed her or came back for her.  I can't understand why, she's such a loving little furry person.  How do people do it?  Bella and Louis are the product of my sister's moggy's night of passion!  They are very lively little furballs and chase each other around the house/garden at all hours of the day/night!

I was skiing in Saalbach, Austria when I injured my knee.  I was just half an hour through a private lesson at the time...and of course, was right at the top of the moutain!  They brought me down in the blood wagon...I did screaming!!   :o

My boyfriend adores skiing in Canada and has been to Whistler a few times.  I am yet to go, but it is definitely on the list of places I would like to ski.  I have lots of relatvies in Canada, but they are all in Toronto.  Perhaps I should encourage them to move to Vancouver!  Your son is a very lucky boy having slopes right on the doorstep.

My knee is very slowly improving.  I am fully weight bearing and walking much better and I think almost without a limp most of the time.  Sometimes I get stabbing pain beside my patella...not sure wot that is all about.  The main problem at the moment is flexion.  I have been stuck at around 100 degrees for some time now and is painful to go past that.  I have a letter from my PT to give to the OS on Monday saying where I'm at.  Will have to wait and see what the OS thinks.

My nearest big town is sunny Brighton by the way.  My sister lives in Eastbourne and I have a few friends there so I know it quite well.

Setau - You are a proper cat lady!!  Your furry family sound lovely.  Very brave of you to venture all the way to NZ on your own.  Good on you.

Gareth - Devon is such a beautiful part of the world.  Must be excellent living on a farm down there.  Lucky you.  Good luck with your physio and rehab.

28/02/07 - ACL rupture from skiing accident
19/04/07 - Arthroscopy - bust ACL removed
24/04/08 - ACLr

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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2007, 02:43:06 PM »
Its nice living on the farm most of the time. I can't say its as good at the moment though as I can't get out an about as much as I'm used to. One thing that is decidedly odd at the moment is that we have had to bring quite a few of the cows in due to the weather. I don't remember this ever happening in the past.

Cattle and sheep aside, we have 2 dogs, a cat, and 3 guinea pigs. The oldest dog is about 14 now, the youngest is nearly 3. THey are called Bones and Mutley. Bones is a collie with a bit of labrador (we think) in him. Mutley is a kelpie / collie cross and is ever so slightly crazy! Sox the cat is a farm cat and is about 7 now. The my sister got the 3 guineas a few months ago. They are called Bebop, Rocksteady and Krang. They are named after the bad guys from a kids tv show. I'll let you guess!

garth
Knee troubles since 1997
Dec 07 - Scope, just a clear up.
Feb 09 - Plica removal
Nov 09 - Lateral release
Mar 11 - More done to LR and some 'tweaks'
Nov 12 - Fulkerson and possible vmo advancement, dont know yet!

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« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2007, 04:09:56 PM »
rm185western,
Good for you rescuing your pooches from the death row in the UK. Where in the UK are you from? We spent 2 weeks there back in May '01. Hubby, myself (before kiddos) and my parents rented a car and traveled the UK - spending lots of time in little villages and nights in B&B's. We got up into Scotland as well. We loved every place - well, almost every place - we weren't big fans of London. Loved the pubs! We talk endlessly about getting back.

What did you think of North Dakota? You'll love Montana. If you get a chance, definitely hit Yellowstone Park - simply amazing to seeing bubbling mud and all the incredible wildlife. Even as a kid I was amazed with the park.

Happy travels! Martha
3 May 2007 TPF, fractured ankle & detached ACL while on vacation on Kauai
7 May '07 Surgery 5 screws/3 plates
12 May Flew home
11 June Out Pt Physical Therapy
16 July 07 PWB
31 July 07 FWB
27 Aug 07 Back to work w/ crutches
110 flexion; 1 extension

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« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2007, 08:01:24 PM »
hello!!
i'm claire,i am 30 years old and live in hull in east yorkshire in england.
i liv with my fiance' we have been together for 8 years on the 6th august 07.
i love animals!
i have a dog called bobbie who is a parson jack russell,he is my baby! we rescued him from a dog shelter and he is beautiful!
i also have  lop eared bunny,2 x gerbils and a budgie!
my pastimes are meeting new people,music,films,reading,socialising,and i love to eat out and anything artisitic!
i have done quite alot of travelling and like to visit new places.
my all time favourite country is australia! i love it! i spent a year there on a working holiday when i was 19.me and my partner mike returned a few years back also.
i use to do hairdressing for a living (12 years!) and now do clerical work,completley different but i like it and its much better paid!
i injured my knee in a motorbike accident,avoiding a cat that had ran out in front of me! (what an animal lover eh!!)
pleased to meet you all!!
claire x
i had a motorcycle accident-landed on right knee!(mar 05)
...arthroscopy - 4th feb 06.
...VMO Advancement,LR+JMedial reefing - 24th jan 07.
...28 feb 07 i fell down 14 stairs.....more pain and stress!
...now at PT working on ROM and strenghening

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« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2007, 08:53:26 PM »
Hi Martha,
I was born in Southend on Sea down in the south east of England, near London, I lived there until I was 17, the I moved away from home, up to the Orkney Islands, of off the north east coast of Scotland. Orkney is a beautiful place, in the two weeks that the sun shines. While I was there I met and married Jim, and we then moved down the south west of England, to just outside a little village called Norton St Philip, near to Bath, home of the oldest pub in England. We then moved to the nearby town of Westbury, before moving out here to a real small town. I can understand people not loving London, it's not my favourite place. Where have you lived, and where have you settled now?

We were lucky enough to visit Yellowstone a few years back, I have always wanted to go, so for our Silver Wedding Anniversary, we flew into Seattle, then drove over to Yellowstone, which was all I hoped it would be. It was October time so it was cold, but the real bonus was that there were very few people in the park, so that was good.

Hi Dot,
 wow, everyone said we were brave when we said we were moving to Canada, but I never felt brave, there were 2 of us, plus the puppies, so I figured we would look after each other. Now moving half way around the world on your own, that sounds brave.Why did you choose NZ? I've heard it's veru beautiful. Did you have a house and a job etc lined up when you set off? Well done to Moses for his show exploits, you must be a proud Mum.

Debs,
I'm with you, I can't understand why people could do that to a cat, it's like our Muttley, not only had he been turned out of his home, but when he had been rehomed from the kennels, he'd been returned a couple of times as 'unmanageable' thats why he was on death row. The poor little chap was only frightened and confused, and he hasn't given us any problems, he just needed lots of reassurance, tons of love, and some directions! MMMMM a trip down the mountain in a blood wagon, doesn't sound like a trip that you would sign up for.

Hello Claire, love to Bobbie!

Hi again Garth, how's it going, I see that you dide with my husband, he always spells Muttley as Mutley, but John and I vote for the 2 T option.

Hi Brianne, Thats one big cat you have there, does he cause you problems if he sits on your knee?
6th Dec 2007 arthoscropy, major debridement and meniscus trimmed
Jan 08 2008 Arthritis grade 2/3 told to wait until TKR needed.
August 2010 Left knee arthroscopy

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« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2007, 09:20:39 PM »
Basil knows that he needs to stay away from the knees.  He is the sweetest and most gentle cat ever.  He'll sit on my lap for hours in the evening when I get home from work.

I attached a picture of Basil and Luci together.  The other picture is just Basil.






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« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2007, 10:05:26 PM »
rm185western,
Loved the area around Bath - and wish we had known about the oldest pub in England! I guess our favorite place was Keswick in the Lake District - and St. Andrews. I'm a huge reader on all things Henry the 8th - and Mary, Queen of Scots - so I was having a ball seeing things related to them. My grandmother's family is from Scotland, so to be able to go was wonderful. In my will, I've asked that part of my ashes be spread there at St. Andrews - that's how much I fell in love with the place.

I grew up in the midwest - Illinois - about 5 hours directly south of Chicago. We were closer to Nashville and St. Louis. We grew up in a small farming and coal mining town of 6000. When I was in my early twenties I moved to west Texas (Midland - where George W. Bush is from - if you're a fan  ;D). I loved Texas and spent 5 years there before Clayton finished his time with the Air Force, we got married and moved to Arizona (not our first choice of where to live - but we've grown to love the desert). We live half way between Tucson and Phoenix. We had been living in the metro Phoenix area when the housing market exploded a year and a half ago - and we sold our little tiny house for a mint. We found a great house in this smaller community that is double the size of our old house - it does mean a commute for both of us (as soon as I can get back to work), but the community is great and there isn't the constant traffic.

How long have you all been in Canada? You are brave for moving so far!

Off to do more exercises! Martha
3 May 2007 TPF, fractured ankle & detached ACL while on vacation on Kauai
7 May '07 Surgery 5 screws/3 plates
12 May Flew home
11 June Out Pt Physical Therapy
16 July 07 PWB
31 July 07 FWB
27 Aug 07 Back to work w/ crutches
110 flexion; 1 extension

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Re: This is me
« Reply #25 on: July 13, 2007, 01:41:06 AM »
a big G'day to every one,
Hi every body Im rick (bungleg) BUNG is aussie slang for no good,broken,stuffed, kaputt, you get the idea it also has other meanings but we wont go into that, yes im from australia down south near melbourne,(yes were mexicans,southerners) and as shortyclairebear keeps mentioning it is a great country to live in or visit, I love it here, were starting to get plenty of rain at last, been in a drought for about 10 years,Im stuck in the 70s-80s when it comes to music, acdc,kiss,deep purple, pink phloyd, but do like most types of music,two kids both girls 13+16 to keep me in check and up to date with modern music and teenage lingo (aussie slang for language),this is an exclnt site and its good to here and know what every body else is going through ,I shattered my tibia plataue 20 months ago and its been a slow recovery just recently found out i have a healing facture which is a small crack running from the base off one off the holes where the screws were up to the top of the tibia plataue ,os asked if i have had any falls etc but i havent so he doesnt know what caused it but I think he may have when he removed the hardware but I didnt say that to him as he is a bit of an arrogant person and i didnt want to upset him. just keep wearing my brace and have to be carful and keep it warm is what he told me, see him again in sept with new x-rays, we live on five acres not that i can do much at the moment, and we have two horses, two dogs, a cat and plenty of native birds flying around and the best part is we are only 40 mins from the centre of melb.keep up the good work everybody and keep your chins up and to all the newbys dont let it get you down ,yes it slows us down but it is what you make of your inj and what your attitude is that will effect your quality off life.the prob i find is other people can't see or feel the pain so they dont understand what you are up against.so try to stay posative. all the best everybody
RICK
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30/08/05 tpf, plate 8 screws and bone graft, pivot brace 5degs movment, 12weeks nwb, pt, leg stuck at 45deg
30/11/05 got leg straight phone books came in handy,rom 60degs,hydro,pt, start wb increase 10kg per week
01/03/06 full wb rom 95
may 06 rom 110
nov 06 screws + plate removed arthroscopy

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« Reply #26 on: July 13, 2007, 05:47:06 AM »
Hi Rick
I noticed you're another TPF club member - and that there was some time between you being FWB and an increase in ROM. Did being FWB have something to do with that? I'm stuck at 90 - but don't start PWB until Monday. I worried and hoping I don't have to do MUA. What helped you in increasing your ROM? Thanks so much, Martha
3 May 2007 TPF, fractured ankle & detached ACL while on vacation on Kauai
7 May '07 Surgery 5 screws/3 plates
12 May Flew home
11 June Out Pt Physical Therapy
16 July 07 PWB
31 July 07 FWB
27 Aug 07 Back to work w/ crutches
110 flexion; 1 extension

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« Reply #27 on: July 13, 2007, 08:40:53 AM »
Hi everyone

I would like to introduce myself here too if I may.

I'm 56 and live on my own in a beautiful village in the Bavarian Alps. I left the UK permanently in 1999 after 2 years of "commuting". I finished my university degree, graduated and drove straight out here when I got my results.

I was born in Dover, looking at the land of my forefathers (my father was French) but we moved around a lot in my childhood. I eventually settled in Bristol where I was at university and met my husband. I taught for 20 years in an inner city secondary school before having to retire with a combination of burn out and knee problems. I then retrained in IT systems and Modern Languages where I had to spend a year on my own in Germany doing an internship as a translator. Whilst here I put my life under the microscope and decided to make major changes. On my return I concentrated on getting the best possible result from my course and started divorce proceedings. The reasons for the latter are not important. So I came here with a lot of extra "baggage" but have lost most of it in the beauty and peace and quiet of my location.  :D

Within a month of arriving I had a job, a flat and a new life with lots of friends. When a German gives you their friendship it is for life which is a great thing. They call everyone acquaintances and very few people friends. I quite like this distinction as it avoids things like "Best" to differentiate between friends. The  downside is that when a German gives you the status of friend, they have the right to speak very directly about how you are running your life. Sometimes it is nice that someone cares so much to tell you when you are messing up, other times I want to scream!  ;)

I am currently fighting my employer (not the same one) for unfair dismissal but I am not too down about it. I just want a fair result and help getting a post in another school. I have had a year and half of problems with my ACL reconstruction but am declared fit to work as of the end of this month. At my age getting a position at a new school will be difficult but not impossible I hope. I'm a teacher through and through and find it hard in an office environment as the people are not as interesting as children on the whole. But I will take whatever is offered in order to cover the bills and have a little bit of security (like work-related injuries cover  :D )

I would love to have a dog - border collie would be my choice. I had two in the UK and I miss their intelligence and love. They have both died in the meantime - one of old age at 17 and the other somewhat earlier from a brain tumour when he was only 5. My landlady has said no pets so that's that. In view of the injury I suppose it is just as well as they would be climbing up the walls with the lack of exercise. I have an allergy to cat fur so cats are out any way.

I know Norton St Philip well and was often in the The George for a meal. I would stop off there on my way back from the Dorset coast where I was often diving. I celebrated my birthday there on a regular basis with a meal in the restaurant. Excellent food and a great atmosphere especially in the winter.

I've worked as a ski instructor in France, the UK, Switzerland and Austria. Both knees are messed up as a result but the skiing was not to blame and I will return to it next season. It is a passion with me.

I travel a lot in conjunction with my hobbies (skiing, diving, sailing, and paragliding) but obviously not much in the last two years. I am off to Slovenia in September with my flying club but whether I get to fly or not is open.


Thanks for reading - Sue
1989 big trauma R. knee - sorted
1990-2004 3ACL recons and 20+ arthroscopies -RK
3/06 LK ACL torn!
4/06 ACL recon, kneecap broken
09 &10/06- 2x meniscus trims
3/07 - Notch Plastic & Lateral Release
14/8/08 complete revision ACL plus LCL/PLC recon
6/2/09 returned to skiing! Whoopee

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« Reply #28 on: July 13, 2007, 09:14:45 AM »
Hi i choose NZ because of its lack of population and similiar climate to the UK. When I think back though I dont think I could do it again! It was certainly pretty stressfull!
I had a job wating for me on a psychiatric unit and gave myself just 2 weeks to find a house as I didnt want the fur family left in the kennels and cattery back in the uk for any longer.
Arrived on the 14th oct found the house advertised on the 16th and viewed it on the 18th. I moved in on the 26th oct. The fur family arrived on the 30th which was great.
Here I have half an acre and a large cottage as well as a small cottage which is going to be the cattery and have shifted a purpose built 36sqm unit next to it.
Red my hound was a cruelity case and weighed just 15 kg when I rescued him. He had never lived in a house before and was 18 months old. The people whom had him were banned from keeping animals for 6 years. It has taken a good 2 years to get him right.
Fern my long haired moggie was also in a bad state and she had been returned to the rescue twice due to aggression problems. She has been hard work and had been in rescue for 9 months.





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« Reply #29 on: July 14, 2007, 05:31:42 AM »
Brianne, Basil is beautiful, that's my sort of cat.

Martha, I loved Keswick as well, when I was a child we used to camping in the Lake District every year, I enjoed that lots. You've moved lots, my husband would be jealous of living in Texas, he would love to live down there, we met a lot of straight forward down to earth people there. We came over for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, which was fun, and I thought San Atonio was great, another one I would go back to if I ever get the chance. We moved to Canada in October 2005, and it never felt that brave a thing to do, I keep comparing us jumping on a jet, flying all the way here, staying in a hotel until the take over date for the farm, then moving in...........to...............the original settlers, taking what they could, by boat and prairie schooner, to a place where you had no idea where it was, and there was nothing there when you arrived, now that's brave.

Hi bungleg, good to catch up with you. I've never got to Australia, but my son worked and travelled there a few years back, he loved it and came back a confirmed Kevin Bl**dy Wilson fan, good job we all find him funny. I'm with you on the 70's and 80's music to, as well as country and Elvis ;D What sort of horses do you have?

Hi Sue, another ex pat, is there any one left in England. A village in the Bavarian Alps sounds beautiful, maybe you could post a picture on here. We had some great meals in the George, and also some really good nights entertainment, especially during the reign of the infamous Mr Grubb, who could turn it into a madhouse late at night. When Jim and I popped back for a visit we stayed there for 2 nights, it was lovely. Good luck with sorting out your employment issues, fingers crossed for you.

Dot, your fur family are beautiful, that looks like one laid back dog. It;s a great feeling when you get one of the rescue folk to love and trust you isn't it. Will the cattery be a going concern, or will you have to work to support it?
6th Dec 2007 arthoscropy, major debridement and meniscus trimmed
Jan 08 2008 Arthritis grade 2/3 told to wait until TKR needed.
August 2010 Left knee arthroscopy















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