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Re: Hello Everyone!
« Reply #60 on: September 18, 2003, 08:23:28 PM »
WOW..... I can't believe that I missed this.
Okay, I am Jillian from South Lake Tahoe Ca,born and raised. I went away to Santa Cruz for college but now I am back. Now I am a 24 year old police\fire\medical dispatcher and I love it! I am planning on going to the Police academy as soon as my knee behavers.
My knee problems started when I was 11. I did all I could to avoid surgery but I ended up having a LR on both at the same time. I contracted a very sever staph infection and was in the hospital for a couple months. I had about 7 surgeries to clean out the "gross" and the scar tissue. I had a couple more LR (why?). My old OS did my LR wrong so I went to Stanford to have a medial release. Now I am having a TTT on the right next month and next year I will do the left,yeah for me!
I love my kitties, Berkley and Americus( don't ask) as they are my babies. I just love any animal! I adore my boyfriend Keegan and my baby blanket(don't judge)! And I love french fries...but I try not to eat to many so that I can avoid what is commomly refered to as "dispatch a**" he he..
I don't like: mean people, mushrooms and I am not a big fan of tomatos!
So that is me....
ONE TTT LAST OCT
10 LR'S    ONE MEDIAL RELEASE
STAPH INFECTION.....MANY MONTHS IN HOSPITAL

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Re: Hello Everyone!
« Reply #61 on: September 20, 2003, 10:32:23 AM »
Wow, I'm surprised I missed this one too.  Actually, I think I read it at some point, because some of your posts are familiar, but for some reason I didn't reply.  So, here goes...

I'm Kelly (blame a Scottish/Irish heritage for being a boy named Kelly), 36, with a wife of 11 years (Pegge - or "PJ" as I call her).  We have two kids, Salem (nine) and Bryce (eight).  We're in the process if adopting two more, but don't know who they will as yet.  

Likes: writing (people keep telling me I should go pro, but I guess I still need to convince myself), music, books (especially ones with great character development), snow skiing, martial arts, Christmas, Autumn in Pennsylvania, football (Go Cowboys! - which means Tizzy953 will hate me ;) ), and oh my the list just goes on and on.

Dislikes:  Reality TV (why, oh why, won't it go away?!! And if I see that slug Simon Cowell one more time I'm going to put a boot through the screen!); pretentiousness; people who think having money makes them more valuable to society; the paying of so much money to individuals who just happen to be able to shoot a basketball, hit a baseball, or throw a football; and the smell of Gardenias.

I got my tag (LA2047) from when PJ and I first acquired internet access some years ago.  With the ISP we had selected, you could have 5 names, but the base name had to be permanent and couldn't be changed later.  Had I thought about it at the time I'd have picked anything for the base ID and then taken my time picking out something I really really liked.  I didn't want to pick something stupid like "huggybody" or use my actual name.  And everything I picked was taken, so if I wanted to go with it I had to put numbers at the end and there was no way I was going to known as Jester4625874014158.  So I combined the leters of the city where I lived at the time (Los Angeles), with the first four letters of my address (2047) and voila, we have LA2047.  In retrospect, however, I should have taken my wifes:  TOMEBUG.  She also loves books, but "bookworm" was also gone.  So she went with a synonym thereof.

My knee problems began and ended with a motorcycle accident I had a week before Christmas 2001.  Living in LA you either work close to home or you spend a lot of time in traffic.  I didn't, so I did.  Then I noticed that motorcycles could travel between lanes and in the carpool lanes (which were always empty - go figure) and before you knew it, I was jetting around on my sporty little rice rocket.  My commute time plummetted, I got more sleep (since I didn't have to be on the road so early), and I actually enjoyed driving to and from work.  Then one day I left work early to do some Christmas shopping and perhaps finish decorating the house, but never made it.  Only 1 mile from my house, some pinhead decided getting one or two car-lengths ahead on the freeway was worth more than actually looking to see what was in the lane beforehand.  Then WHAM! car-meets-motorcycle, man-meets-pavement.  My left knee was crushed between the bike and the car (I was going a lot faster than the SUV when it merged, so I hit it pretty hard).  This is not something I recommend doing, even as a joke.

I had two surgeries to replace torn ligaments and a year of PT.  Now I maintain my rehab using my home gym.  I have to admit I feel somewhat badly reading all the lingering problems from the rest of you, when I'm not nearly as bad anymore.  Sure, I still experience pain now and then at the weirdest times - or when I'm going up or down stairs - but by and large I'm pretty normal (from a physical standpoint anyway  ;) ).  When I read about everyone else's issues, I feel a bit like the type who thinks suffering and sacrifice is having to drink water from the tap.

K.
Complete PCL & LCL rupture, partial MCL rupture, December 2001 (car meets motorcycle - man meets freeway).  LCL reco 3/02 (donor graft), PCL reco 5/02 (donor graft).  Motorcycle, R.I.P.

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Re: Hello Everyone!
« Reply #62 on: September 21, 2003, 06:43:32 PM »
I was sure I'd replied to this one, must've missed it.

Anyway I'm Donna, 34, I live in Warwickshire, UK, 2 kids, 2 labradors, 1 cat.  What do I do?  Good question, I often ask myself that.  I was a freelance secretary up until a year ago, gave it up when I had my arthroscopy and at the moment I am a full-time mum and seem to spend my life a the gym.  I hope to return to work in the near future and at the moment I am doing bookkeeping and accounts at college.

Likes:  Gardening (something I don't do much of at the moment), walking my dogs......... all kinds of music, specially Foo Fighters, watching movies, Coronation Street :)

Dislikes:  my knees

Just read that back and realised how dull I sound, maybe that's why I took so long to post ;D

Donna
Arthroscopy - plica excision - chondroplasty Jan 03 - OA

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Re: Hello Everyone!
« Reply #63 on: September 30, 2003, 10:58:46 PM »
Hi!

My name is Paula and I live in Indianapolis, Indiana (home of basketball and motor sports).

I'm 29, single and live alone with my two kitties, Oreo and Dusty.  By day, I'm a computer programmer and by night (evening actually ;) ) I teach a computer course at a local university.

I'm pretty new to this board.   I just last week went to see an ortho specialist for the knee pain I've been having for some time now.   I've been overweight all my life, and in the last 11 months have lost over 90 lbs (on Weight Watchers).  I've got about 30 more to goal, but at this point, I just kept thinking that my knees should feel better, not worse, having lost all that weight.

The Dr diagnosed me with kneecaps that are very out of alignment, causing chondromalsia (sp?)   He wants to go in and do a TTT (Elmslie) and clean things up and smooth things out in both knees.   He said that this is the only way that they are going to get better.   As I've had no injuries that caused this... he said that it was just how I was born and that weight or no weight... I was destined to have problems with my knees...   better now while I'm young than later.

So... I'm in the first stages of preparation for surgery... (like exploring options,  getting insurance and cost info, researching pt, etc)   I'm sure I'm gonna have a lot of questions once I finially decide what is going to be done and when.    Because of insurance reasons,  I'm holding off on scheduling any surgery until January so that I can get both knees done in the same calander year.   This gives me 3 months to get ready for the surgery (or to try PT to see if that 'fixes' the problem).  

If I go ahead with the surgery, it will be the first surgery I've ever had...  unless you count having your wisdom teeth taken out surgery.

Likes:   Star Wars,  computers and the internet, Sci-fi stuff, Weight Watchers and a healthy lifestyle,  kitties,  my family, walking and exercise.

Dislikes:  knee pain,  peas, coffee


I guess that's all for now.   I look forward to getting to know everyone.

-Paula
Left Knee - Modified Elmslie TTT with a lateral release and patella shaving - January 14, 2004
Right Knee - same surgery - June 9, 2004

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Re: Hello Everyone!
« Reply #64 on: October 02, 2003, 12:38:00 AM »
Hi everyone,

I'm Natalie from Scotland.  I am nearly 36 years old, have had knee problems for 22 years and are still ongoing.  Married for 15 years with two children, boy aged 14 and a girl aged 11.  I work for a Scotch Whisky company in Edinburgh.  My knee problems began at age 13 with a bad fall which resulted in torn ligaments and tendons and a dislocated patella.  Pretty much every year since something else has gone wrong.  I have just had my second TTT and am now seeing a rheumatologist to see if I have arthritis or not.  5 surgeries so far between both knees.  Just had my first steroid injection - not nice!

I LOVE heavy metal music - metallica are my favourite.  

I also love my 2 dogs, a German Shepherd called Sophie and a Collie/Shepherd cross named Sam and my 2 cats, Charlie and Woody.

Dislikes:  Knees, pain, hospitals and physioterrorists!  Oh, and brussels sprouts!

Natalie.
Torn Tendons and Ligaments
Lateral Release (Failed)
Arthroscopy, 2 TTTs
Numerous dislocations both knees
Cartlidge repair
Crunchy, crackly, sore knees
Possible Arthritis
Nerve Damage both knees

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Re: Hello Everyone!
« Reply #65 on: October 02, 2003, 09:41:37 AM »
Hiya everyone,

I'm one of the many Heather's on the board. I started signing my posts using the first letter of my last name to help with the confusion  ;)

I'm 27 and live in Eastern North Carolina.  I got married this past April in Las Vegas (Little White Wedding Chapel) and it was soooooo much fun. Took my mind off my knees for a while anyway. My husband is in the Marine Corps. He has children from a previous marriage, I have none of my own. I just have my cat and he's my big baby. Named him Spaz and it suits him well.

My knee issues began around 20. I was an avid runner who totally took my knees for granted. I really abused them. I have had a LR on my right along with an IT Band Release.  My left I have 2 LR, VMO advancement, quad tendon repair and a TTT/quad tendon revision (4 weeks ago).  My IT band still acts up in the right knee and my patella seems to be tracking poorly as well. I'm just chalking that up to over compensation for the time being. Too many knee issues at once will cause me to have a breakdown  ;)  

I have not worked in about a year now in hopes I'll get this knee fixed once and for all. I usually work in the medical field when I do work. I have been a dental assistant, medical assistant, and a pharmacy technician (didn't last at the pharmacy though because of the stair situation/requirement). I simply couldn't handle them.

Was enrolled in community college a few years ago but had to drop out because I had moved to California and the cost of living out there would not allow me to pursue that goal.  I have not gone back but hope to someday. My dream was to be a Physical Therapist, but I'm getting older and they are required to have their Master's now. I'd be 75 before that happened...lol.   Jillian, I lived in San Jose and Fremont while I was out there....loved the beach at Santa Cruz!!! I love my blankie too, but we covered that on another thread, huh?  Hee hee.

This board has been a great help to me and my knee issues. I would like to thank you all for your patience while I asked a zillion questions about my knees and also thank you for just being there and helping me cope.  You guys are the best.  

That's it for me....

Heather B.  ;D


« Last Edit: October 02, 2003, 09:43:40 AM by Heather »
R knee-2 LR's, 1 ITB Release. L knee-LR/medial plication (2/02).Fell postop 3/02 & ruptured quad tendon.Quad tendon repair (8/02).Led to Patella Baja.TTT w/ Quad tendon reefing 9/03.Screw removal 8/04

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Re: Hello Everyone!
« Reply #66 on: October 02, 2003, 05:31:29 PM »
Heather B~
  Really that is great! I loved it there, but San Jose I am not such a big fan of. I am just not a big city girl. My brothers are both in the Corp and so is my best friend in the world! I lived in North Carolina in Atlantic Beach. I moved in with my brother when he was stationed at Camp Lejune(sp). I loved it there! Are you are Cherry Point or in Jacksonville? My other brother was there for a while, now he is in Virgina. Ha what a small world. I miss it so much but  now no one is there for me to go visit! I just loved the white beaches and the people. HATED the humitity though, and the BUGS! Yikes!!! he he well I am glad that we have that in common....talk to you soon, Jillian
ONE TTT LAST OCT
10 LR'S    ONE MEDIAL RELEASE
STAPH INFECTION.....MANY MONTHS IN HOSPITAL

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Re: Hello Everyone!
« Reply #67 on: October 21, 2003, 01:22:13 AM »
Wow- I'm a very late-comer to this post.  Why didn't I stop by earlier?  And I thought punctuality was my midle name!  Jokes on me I guess!

Now that I made many friends here, I guess you should know something about me besides the soob stories of my poor little right knee:

I'm Lezlee.  Originally from Virginia, now living in North Carolina on the eastern coast.  Litterally on the Coast.  I am within walking distance of the Atlantic Ocean.  Great little area to live in.

Anyways- Beleive it or not- I originally went to school for and became a Surgical Technologist.  Yes, I assisted in surgery for many years.  Ortho was NEVER my favorite, so therefore, I know little about the real details and answers to many questions that I myself ask.

General surgery & Open heart were my favorite gigs.

I'm 34 yrs old (did I admit that?)  Although I still enjoy cutting up and acting a little crazy from time to time.

I left the medical field to help my husband start a plumbing business, so now I do the kind of work I hate the most.  Office work- filing, paperwork, accounting, phone lines....blah blah blah.  Don't get me wrong- there is nothing wrong with office work, but my heart still does- and always will belong in the operating room.  I am truly grateful that the Lord has blessed us with the business & enough work to even make a work-horse weary.

My hubby keeps telling me that I can go back into the medical field, but I just want to be able to help my hubby and I feel that my place is in our business.

We have 2 gorgeous children.  Our daughter is 14, our son is 9.  And talk about opposites!!?  She is totally about maintaining her honor roll status and he is very aloof in that department.  He does have some mild dyslexia, but we work very hard with him- so does his math tutor.  He is very intelligent, just has a brain that likes to play tricks on him.

My husband & I went to highschool together, but never dated- he was crazy about me & even told his best friend that I would be his wife some day.  He and I were very close in highschool, just never dated.

Well, he was right- here we are Mr. & Mrs.  I adore him with every ounce of my being.

Ok- i know you are bored now, so thank you for reading- and let me know something about you!!

Lezlee
Rt knee:Meniscal repair 8/03: Repair prev. meniscus repair 10/03;Chondro shave, scar tissue removal 12/03;LR,debridement chondro & scar tissue 04/02/04;TTT done 09/14/04;VMO advancement 04/2005- Does it ever end?

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Re: Hello Everyone!
« Reply #68 on: October 25, 2003, 05:09:08 AM »
Lots of new people here, so I hope you guys will tell us something about yourself!!!

Lezlee
Rt knee:Meniscal repair 8/03: Repair prev. meniscus repair 10/03;Chondro shave, scar tissue removal 12/03;LR,debridement chondro & scar tissue 04/02/04;TTT done 09/14/04;VMO advancement 04/2005- Does it ever end?

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« Reply #69 on: October 26, 2003, 07:21:15 AM »
Hi...Im Christina...Im 20...Originally from New Jersey...Now SC...I'm a sociology major...And a Part time waitress...I broke my right Tibial Plateau in May...I have had one surgery so far...three screws and a bolt in my knee...my recovery was fairly speedy...Now I'm awaiting my hardware removal surgery that will take place in less then two weeks...Wish me luck! ;D
~Christina
Tib. Plateau fracture 5-2-03, fixation surgery 5-9-03, Three screws and a bolt, hardware removal 11-5-03, arthoscopic surgery 5-13-04 repairs were made to my lateral miniscus

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Re: Hello Everyone!
« Reply #70 on: November 03, 2003, 05:26:24 AM »
Hi Everyone!
I am new to the board, and very impressed at the wonderful group I have read postings from. I am 49, married, and am a mental health therapist working with troubled teenagers. I also teach some college at night. I live in S.C.  I fell seven years ago and had surgery on my right knee. Since then, I have had constant and increasing problems with it. I have had a second, third, forth, and now fifth opinion, and this last OS showed me the MRI film and threatened me with disability if I don't have more surgery. I am a big coward, so I think I was hoping that someone along the way would get me better with a pill and PT, but that didn't happen. Anyway, I am scheduled for surgery on December 22. I am waiting to finish the semester I am teaching. I am not looking forward to this, since my doctor says it will be a painful one (my last was also), but I am optimistic that I will improve, lose the chronic pain and weakness, and maybe even lose this limp.
I enjoy music, swimming, movies, books, crafts, computing, pets, and my grandchildren.
I am married with four grown kids.
ACL,LR,MR surgery 1998,MR,LR,ACL surgery 12/03

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« Reply #71 on: November 07, 2003, 12:22:40 AM »
Hi everyone!  I am Joanna from Los Angeles.  I've been having problems with my right knee since I was 14 (I'm now 32).  It began with frequent injuries from volleyball, basketball, and softball.  Since then, I've suffered hardened blood behind the kneecap, patellar tendonitis, adhesions, patellar dislocation and maltracking, and recurring cysts.  I've had 5 arthroscopies and 2 open knee surgeries (TTT and Fulkerson).

I've got a great support group of family and friends (including my cat, Tucker) but am glad to find some buddies on-line that can relate to my troubles!  By the way, I am a big advocate of pet therapy because it really reduces stress and frustration and gives some unconditional support.
Jo

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« Reply #72 on: November 07, 2003, 04:22:20 PM »
Hey everyone !!

I'm nettan, 37 years (17 inside), from Norrköping 2 hours drive from Stockholm in Sweden. Mother of 2 (Boy 9 and Girl 14)and happily married. Works in a gymnasioum with youths with special problems.
Have a long history with my left knee since I were 13.
Several surgeries,RSDS,chondromalacia,nervdamage and arthros constant high pain. Also spinaldamage. using wheelchiar 100 %.
Love playing wheelchairbasket, sing in a choir, nature and sportfantast.(Look at my Joy(spiritual and enc.))
Thats me !!
Hugs nettan ::)
Surgery 6 times left knee torn meniscus, RSDS,chondromalacia, nervdamage cause constant nervpain,chronic inflamm.
Spinaldamage wheeler 100%.
Right knee damaged aug-06, use brace surgery 4/9-07.LCL tear.

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Re: Hello Everyone!
« Reply #73 on: November 10, 2003, 11:16:45 PM »
I've been a faithful reader at this site for almost a year and I can't believe I never came across this topic.  This is great!

I'm Cathy from Garfield, New Jersey.  I'm 44 years young, (age is a state of mind).  I'm separated recently, having a hard time but doing my best.  We had no kids but I have a little black pomeranian named Amie.  Thank goodness for her.  I just lost my poodle, JJ,  July 4th.  He would have been 17 years old in October.  I miss him so much.  But I have very supportive people around me:  my parents, 3 sisters and good friends.   :)

I just celebrated(?) my 1st year anniversary of a tibial plateau fracture, right leg, on 10/29/03.  I fell off a horse during a jumping lesson.  Ow!!  My surgery was last Halloween.  I missed dressing up!

Likes:  horses, dogs, my family and friends

Dislikes:  being alone  :'(, spiders, flying and feet

To Christina, formerly from New Jersey, we share a few things in common!  Did you have your hardware removed yet?

Been a rough year but I'm getting through it.

Cathy
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Fell off horse during jumping lesson
Tibial Plateau fx right leg- 2" hole, meniscus tear- 10/29/02
Surgery- bone graft from hip, plate & 5 screws- 10/31/02
PT- 11/6/02 to 3/14/03 & 4/30/04 to ?

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Re: Hello Everyone!
« Reply #74 on: November 15, 2003, 07:52:11 AM »
Hello Cathy


Keep positive.

It's always a comfort to have pets around you I know  having been a lifetime cat owner.


Chris
Arthrocsopic surgery on left knee for patella plica & partial synovectomy, Nov., 1982 No problems until June,97 stumble during relay, patella-femoral injury, PT. No problems with left knee 'til now.