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Re: Fulkerson Osteotomy/MPFL reconstruct 4/30/2010
« Reply #150 on: June 07, 2010, 09:03:48 PM »
Andi-

I LOVE that free feeling!  I feel so in control of my recovery now, but I am being careful not to hurt myself.  Driving is great.  Theoretically I could have driven a bit sooner, but Mom wasn't allowing me since the doctor hadn't given the official "yes."  But since the surgery was on my left leg, I haven't had to take that slow at least!  My stick shift will be another story...

I'm working on the correct gait now.  My PT gave me some pointers, and currently my muscles are so tight that I'm not pushing off from my foot when I walk.  So I need to keep stretching the calves.  It feels sooo good!  It was also nice to ask my PT about the aches and pains I had been feeling since walking.  I wanted to be sure that it was all good pain, and he didn't seem concerned at all.  So I'll use the ice and maybe tylenol and keep walking on.

Hope all is good with you!
-Jen
1999-ish: L knee hyperextension on trampoline
4/30/2010 Fulkerson Osteotomy and MPFL/LPFL reconstruction
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Re: Fulkerson Osteotomy/MPFL reconstruct 4/30/2010
« Reply #151 on: June 08, 2010, 03:20:54 AM »
Day 38

Today was my 2nd to last PT appointment.  Yup, you read correctly!  Thursday will be my last scheduled PT appointment.  Surprised?  Well, I guess I impressed the OS last week because he told me that after this week, I can do an at home protocol.  I will be starting a job from June 13 to July 25 that gives me 3 weekends off.  24/7 other than that.  It's a tutoring job but also working as a dorm advisor for high schoolers.    Simply put, my OS trusts me to do the exercises, seek help if I need it, and listen to my body.  I believe I'm doing a pretty good job of listening to myself.

I am a bit apprehensive about going forward by myself, but I can do more PT if I need it.  If the OS said I needed more, of course I would talk to my employer and make sure I could go.  But we'll try this arrangement. I hope to be walking on my own by the 13th when I head back to college to work, and I think that's a realistic goal.  My PT stole one of my crutches today to see how I was walking, and showed me a few improvements to make to my gait.  Overall, it's going well.  I've had a bit of achyness from walking more, but I checked with the PT and it's all good pain.  Only took 1 tylenol today, and probably won't take anything tonight.

Tomorrow will be a test day.  It's the primary elections for our state's gubernatorial race, senate/house, and other offices.  I've been hired as a poll worker, and I have to be at work at 6 am.  Ugh!  And I will work until at least 9 PM!  It'll be a long day, but most of it will be sitting down.  Funny story though-I am being sent as a peacekeeper to a certain poll.  There are 4 little old ladies who FIGHT (mostly verbally...with possibly some shoving or hitting).  The stories are unclear, so I am the mole.  I am to figure out who is causing the problems.   Should be an interesting...long...day.  But I am looking forward to being useful once again.  ;)

Oops!  I should go to bed!
-Jen
1999-ish: L knee hyperextension on trampoline
4/30/2010 Fulkerson Osteotomy and MPFL/LPFL reconstruction
Serving with Peace Corps July 2011-September 2013 in South Africa-knee is happy :)

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Re: Fulkerson Osteotomy/MPFL reconstruct 4/30/2010
« Reply #152 on: June 09, 2010, 12:45:01 AM »
congrats! hope that you have a wonderful day and dont have to break up too many fights. just be careful and have fun now! :D
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10th grade - MPFL recon (allograft), LR,chondroplasty of patella
summer after 11th grade - TTT, MPFL recon (allograft), LR, cartilage plugs, and chondroplasty of patella
revision of incision and mini MUA (to 90)

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Re: Fulkerson Osteotomy/MPFL reconstruct 4/30/2010
« Reply #153 on: June 09, 2010, 05:43:58 AM »
Day 39

Well, today was a looooooong day.  Arrived at the polls at 6 am and arrived home at 11:30pm.  Lots of crap and meanness from my fellow workers, sigh.  I have some interesting stories though that I may share tomorrow. :) I'm only on here now while icing for the first time today.

As for my knee.  After 17.5 hours of work, mostly sitting down, my knee is swollen, but not too painful.  I've taken 3 doses of tylenol today, the most in a long time.  But all things considered, I feel great.  The pain was minimal and mainly due to sitting without having it elevated.  When it hurt, I either elevated awhile or got up and walked. I was able to do some quad sets, mini SLRs, and some calf exercises while working the election.  :) I am talented.  I wish I could have iced, but I massaged for awhile instead during a dead time. 

I expect to be achy and swollen tomorrow.  For now, I am icing and hopefully falling into an exhausted sleep coma. :)

My mental state is much worse after being harrassed and belittled all day by mean little old ladies who were my fellow election workers.   7:30am and I nearly burst into tears...and that was the start of the day.   :-[

-Jen
1999-ish: L knee hyperextension on trampoline
4/30/2010 Fulkerson Osteotomy and MPFL/LPFL reconstruction
Serving with Peace Corps July 2011-September 2013 in South Africa-knee is happy :)

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Re: Fulkerson Osteotomy/MPFL reconstruct 4/30/2010
« Reply #154 on: June 09, 2010, 02:18:55 PM »
Glad your knee's doing okay but wth is their problem?? Why were they so mean? I don't understand people sometimes. Anyway- I'll be looking for the story later- I just can't imagine what there is to be mean about when working an election poll lol
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Re: Fulkerson Osteotomy/MPFL reconstruct 4/30/2010
« Reply #155 on: June 09, 2010, 03:53:08 PM »
Howdy!

Yeah...well working the polls is a bit stressful because everything has tobe done a specific way, and it changes a lot.  But 2 of the ladies were 90 or older, the young one was 77, and I have no clue how old the 4th one was.  The lead lady was easily confused and very forgetful (dementia, maybe?) and got mad when she couldn't figure things out or forgot something.  Then she yelled at us when we tried to help.  Ugh.  But the really mean old lady had no excuse.  She was mean to me from the start when she yelled at me to stop texting, which is actually allowed.  I was texting my Mom, who is one of the people in charge of the poll workers.  Then she got mad and glared everytime I talked to one of "her" voters.  UGrr!  If you're changing their party you have to tell them!  1 lady was super nice, and 1 was ok.  But dealing with the mean one was hard.  She kept saying snide remarks to me and to the voters!  It was frustrating day!

Some of the voters were pretty darn funny though...people didn't seem to get that they were voting in a primary, so they could only vote on a republican ticket OR a democrat ticket.  Then they got mad.  Seriously? They just didn't understand how the elections worked...

Off to a lake today for a picnic with my sister.  I hope to nap on the way there, but I doubt she'll stop talking long enough for me to sleep. :)

-Jen
1999-ish: L knee hyperextension on trampoline
4/30/2010 Fulkerson Osteotomy and MPFL/LPFL reconstruction
Serving with Peace Corps July 2011-September 2013 in South Africa-knee is happy :)

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Re: Fulkerson Osteotomy/MPFL reconstruct 4/30/2010
« Reply #156 on: June 09, 2010, 04:55:59 PM »
Jen - glad you survived your day working at the polls :)  I think there are people out there who are absolutely NOT happy unless they are making the people around them miserable.  I think it should be a clinical psychiatric disorder, seriously!!!  Sorry you had to put up with their garbage, but at least it was only one day :)

Good for you for finishing PT... I just got another referral for six weeks more of PT, but it's partly to add my hip bursitis into the routine, and partly to work on getting me to my goal, which is hiking again.  At this point, there is no way I can think of hiking on uneven ground or up/down slopes, so my OS is giving me more PT time to work toward that.  He asked me when I'd feel 100% with my knee again, and I told him when I can hike up to Spray Falls on Mt. Rainier and back without any problems or pain, then I'll consider myself good to go.  Since my OS is an avid sports and outdoor person, he gave me a huge grin and told me that he'd get me to that point for sure, so that made my day :)

What kind of work are you doing this summer with high schoolers?  Both of my kids (just finishing 9th grade) are going to summer camps at colleges and staying in dorms, which they love doing )

Keep up the good work, you're doing great!

Andi
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2004 - Soccer injury - LK medial and lateral meniscectomies
2007 - Dx patellar tilt, lateral subluxation, grade III chondromalacia
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Re: Fulkerson Osteotomy/MPFL reconstruct 4/30/2010
« Reply #157 on: June 09, 2010, 07:16:14 PM »
Hey Andi!

I was a little worried about being done with PT so quick, but after today's outing I'm feeling pretty good about it.  I decided to take 1 crutch to the lake with me, but I also brought the cane with me just to try it out a bit.  I've barely used the cane, but I'm walking a lot better with it than I did with 1 crutch!  Since I can't lean on the cane, I'm walking upright completely and without an odd gait. :)  I also was a bit worried that my leg wasn't strong enough for just using the cane, but now I feel like I can walk without anything.   :D  I'll work on that around the house later, after a nap.  And I managed to walk up the stairs normally, only using the railing.  Still can't go down normally, have to walk like a 2 year old, but it'll come. It's coming along quickly! 

I hope your hip bursitis clears up/heals.  What exactly is it?  I vaguely remember reading in your diary that you've had it for awhile, right? 

I've never been able to BE an athletic person, but I hope I can do more hiking, jogging, and biking with my "new" knee. :)  It'll at least be nice to walk a few miles without pain!

And my job is a tutor/counselor job.  Essentially I am the resident advisor for a group of high schoolers and a tutor, hopefully in Spanish. I'm really looking forward to the job and I think it'll be a blast!  Just a lot of work/long hours.  Luckily it's not physical work!

-Jen
1999-ish: L knee hyperextension on trampoline
4/30/2010 Fulkerson Osteotomy and MPFL/LPFL reconstruction
Serving with Peace Corps July 2011-September 2013 in South Africa-knee is happy :)

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Re: Fulkerson Osteotomy/MPFL reconstruct 4/30/2010
« Reply #158 on: June 10, 2010, 03:20:17 AM »
I drove MY stick shift tonight!  I decided I wanted to see how it would go, and it was fine.  It didn't hurt at all to push in the clutch or drive.  My leg got tired at stoplights, and of course I had to hit everyone. But it was fine and I enjoyed driving it!  My knee was a little achy afterwards, but that could have been from walking through Walmart with just the cane.  I asked my sister to grab 1 crutch to use at Walmart, since it was a lot of walking after driving my clutch for the first time.  She forgot to grab it and I didn't notice.  All was well though, just tired.  After a bit of rest and ice, my knee doesn't hurt at all!

I was a happy camper today! :)

-Jen
1999-ish: L knee hyperextension on trampoline
4/30/2010 Fulkerson Osteotomy and MPFL/LPFL reconstruction
Serving with Peace Corps July 2011-September 2013 in South Africa-knee is happy :)

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Re: Fulkerson Osteotomy/MPFL reconstruct 4/30/2010
« Reply #159 on: June 10, 2010, 07:25:51 PM »
I drove MY stick shift tonight! I decided I wanted to see how it would go, and it was fine. It didn't hurt at all to push in the clutch or drive. My leg got tired at stoplights, and of course I had to hit everyone. But it was fine and I enjoyed driving it!

love ;D that part of your post!!!  im 17 and drive a stick shift as well, actually both of the cars i drive and the one that i am restoring are all stick shifts, i cant wait until im recovered enough to drive and continue to restore my other car, its a 1971 Opel GT and it is my baby, so not driving has been a huge bummer!!!
glad to hear that you are doing so well and that the ice worked and it was just because you were tired :)
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10th grade - MPFL recon (allograft), LR,chondroplasty of patella
summer after 11th grade - TTT, MPFL recon (allograft), LR, cartilage plugs, and chondroplasty of patella
revision of incision and mini MUA (to 90)

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Re: Fulkerson Osteotomy/MPFL reconstruct 4/30/2010
« Reply #160 on: June 10, 2010, 08:14:58 PM »
Yeah, finally being able to drive my OWN car is awesome!  But now I have to decide if I am going to sell it or not.  I don't really want to, but I'll be living in Washington DC in the fall and won't be able to have a car, then I finish my last semester of college in the spring and don't really need a car.  After I graduate I want to live/work in a large city so I don't have to own a car, so now I need to make a decision.  :-\  I don't want to pay insurance on a car I won't use, so now is the time to decide.  Sigh.  I hate making decisions like that!

-Jen
1999-ish: L knee hyperextension on trampoline
4/30/2010 Fulkerson Osteotomy and MPFL/LPFL reconstruction
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Re: Fulkerson Osteotomy/MPFL reconstruct 4/30/2010
« Reply #161 on: June 11, 2010, 12:45:09 AM »
I cannot believe you can drive your stick shift already!! That is so awesome! =) You'll have to let me know when you're in DC and we'll have to meet up and share fun gross knee dislocation stories =)
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Re: Fulkerson Osteotomy/MPFL reconstruct 4/30/2010
« Reply #162 on: June 11, 2010, 01:50:11 AM »
awwww :( im sorry that you are going to have to make that decision, thats a bummer! what kind of car is it? (sorry, im a girl and a car junkie, its an odd combo but i love cars)

glad to hear that you are able to drive your car again :)
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revision of incision and mini MUA (to 90)

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Re: Fulkerson Osteotomy/MPFL reconstruct 4/30/2010
« Reply #163 on: June 11, 2010, 02:18:55 AM »
haha i'm in the md/dc/va area too. can i compare knee dislocation stories too?? LOL!
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Re: Fulkerson Osteotomy/MPFL reconstruct 4/30/2010
« Reply #164 on: June 11, 2010, 03:33:34 AM »
I can't wait to get to DC.  And sure, we can all compare gross stories! :) 

My car is a 1998 Ford Escort-totally beat up and crappy.  But the engine's great and it runs perfectly, despite its appearance.   ;)  My Grandma wrecked it before I got it, so its a little worse for wear.  Not an impressive piece of machinery.  However, my Dad owns a '67 Riviera.  Pretty neat car!  He shows it in car shows and nearly always brings home some sort of trophy.  Completely random, but a car junkie would probably appreciate that! 

I think I'm probably gonna sell it. :( I hate paying for car insurance, since I've never been in a wreck/pulled over.  So it'll be nice to get rid of that bill!  And my college town is small enough that during my final semester, I can bike or bum rides.  But I'll miss the freedom.   :-\  I wish Iowa had REAL public transit.  Where it exists, it's pretty much a joke.  Small towns...sigh.

-Jen
1999-ish: L knee hyperextension on trampoline
4/30/2010 Fulkerson Osteotomy and MPFL/LPFL reconstruction
Serving with Peace Corps July 2011-September 2013 in South Africa-knee is happy :)















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