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Offline Chellie1992

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Re: oohheykate's MPFL reconstruction on 4/14/2011 (LOA & MUA on 6/21/2011)
« Reply #435 on: June 27, 2012, 05:10:49 AM »
That's great!  Next semester my first class is at 1pm, I have only 1 class on Tuesdays, and I have Fridays off.  I am peer-leading a First Year Experience class that meets 11:20-12:45 every day, but I don't have to be there on Fridays and if I need to, I don't have to be there on Mondays.  This leaves plenty of room for PT and for me to have 2 other jobs...one 3 mornings a week in the dining hall and one at home on weekends.  You are going to have a lot of fun with your classes and the whole college experience.  It sounds like you were smarter than me my first semester.  I took 20 credit hours with one of the courses being a writing course, worked 9 hours a week, was in Alpha Phi Omega and orchestra, operated the light board for one play, and assistant stage managed another play.  I was out of my room from 8am-11pm at the earliest every night and the nights before my final essay drafts were due,  I would be up until 3am finishing them.  Not making that mistake again.  ;)
3/20/2011 right knee dislocation & bone bruises
7/21/2011 arthroscopy with lateral release
6/8/2012 MPFL reconstruction
8/11/2014 TTT and lateral retinaculum repair
11/29/2014 Patellar Tendon rupture, Patella and Tibia fractures

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Re: oohheykate's MPFL reconstruction on 4/14/2011 (LOA & MUA on 6/21/2011)
« Reply #436 on: June 27, 2012, 05:11:33 PM »
How exciting! Are you feeling more prepared now for college? How many credits are you taking? I know you are pre-med, but does your school require you to declare a primary major? Mine does, most people pick like Biology like me.

I really enjoy not having to be in classes from 8-3 straight like in high school. I have 8 ams everyday (and they are my science courses, too, organic and a&p) except for Wednesday (which is 9:30). I am done though by 10:30 am on Wed and 10:50 on Friday! Both of those days I plan to volunteer at a hospital, which will involve about an hour of travel time unfortunately. Then, for money, I am TAing a section of general chem and grading lab reports. I think I will be very busy this year, but I actually think I work better under a tighter schedule.

How big is your campus? Mine is an urban campus and is only on about 2 city blocks with  joint-campus in another city nearby (although I never take classes there, but I can if I want).

Are the butterflies going for next week? Glad that you are all cleared for surgery!
July 21, 2009 - First Patella Dislocation
December 7, 2009 - Lateral release, medial reefing, and plica excision
January 14, 2011- TTT, MPFL Reconstruction, and Lateral Release

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Re: oohheykate's MPFL reconstruction on 4/14/2011 (LOA & MUA on 6/21/2011)
« Reply #437 on: June 28, 2012, 02:05:24 AM »
Chellie- Wow! 20 credits?? That's crazy. My school allows a max of 17. You can take more if you get approval but they don't recommend it. I'm gonna be participating in things but not to where I think I'll be stressed. I wanna be able to have fun and be involved while still being able to do school work without staying up ridiculously late.

Runner- I'm more excited now! I think I'm taking 15 credits. We have to take 12-17 credits a semester. I'm a Bio major because, like your school, we only have pre-tracks not actual majors for med. My campus is urban, as well. My school has roughly 35,000 students! But only 12,000 live on campus because they only guarantee housing for freshmen and, if you're lucky, sophomores. It's 105 acres. I love the campus. I'm thinking of getting a job on campus for money, but who knows! And I'm dreading my surgery. I don't really wanna do it but I know I need it.



I saw my PCP for my shoulder today and got diagnosed with instability! He wants me to get an MRI but my insurance denied it. I'm trying to get my knee Ortho to send me for one since I'm seeing him for an eval on July 18th and I want the MRI before I have my hip done. We'll see what happens.
-18 years old-
Left knee;
11.07.08- Scope
07.02.09- Lateral Release/Meniscus Repair
11.11.09- diagnosis of Patellar Instability/Patellar Tracking Disorder
12.10.09- Medial Reefing/Lateral Release
01.11- Synvisc
04.14.11- MPFL Reconstruction
06.21.11- LOA & MUA

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Re: oohheykate's MPFL reconstruction on 4/14/2011 (LOA & MUA on 6/21/2011)
« Reply #438 on: June 28, 2012, 04:51:28 AM »
I started with 16 credits, but then added orchestra for 2 credits and got 2 play production credits for assistant stage managing the play.  The director was desperately looking for an assistant stage manager and I have a very hard time saying no when someone needs help.  Next semester will be much easier, but because it is only 14 credits, I don't know what I'm going to do with all my free time.  I am hoping that I will be cleared to do the 2 jobs that require a lot of standing and walking.  If I'm not, then I may just go crazy as I hate not having anything to do.

I hope your ortho gets you the MRI for your shoulder before your hip surgery.
3/20/2011 right knee dislocation & bone bruises
7/21/2011 arthroscopy with lateral release
6/8/2012 MPFL reconstruction
8/11/2014 TTT and lateral retinaculum repair
11/29/2014 Patellar Tendon rupture, Patella and Tibia fractures

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Re: oohheykate's MPFL reconstruction on 4/14/2011 (LOA & MUA on 6/21/2011)
« Reply #439 on: July 03, 2012, 02:33:29 AM »
Chellie,

Ah, I see! That makes a little more sense. I'm used to a bunch of free time, aka being bored, so it probably won't bother me that much and I need time for PT since I'm constantly falling apart. Plus, my best friend/roommate has basically the same schedule as me so we'll probably be doing things together!

Shoulder update: Definitely won't be getting that MRI before surgery which is a huge bummer. It'll be fun trying to get it afterwards though!
-18 years old-
Left knee;
11.07.08- Scope
07.02.09- Lateral Release/Meniscus Repair
11.11.09- diagnosis of Patellar Instability/Patellar Tracking Disorder
12.10.09- Medial Reefing/Lateral Release
01.11- Synvisc
04.14.11- MPFL Reconstruction
06.21.11- LOA & MUA

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Re: oohheykate's MPFL reconstruction on 4/14/2011 (LOA & MUA on 6/21/2011)
« Reply #440 on: July 05, 2012, 04:35:15 PM »
Have you located a PT clinic yet for when you are in college? Both of us being Biology majors, my roommate and I had the same exact schedule except during the second semester, I was taking one class more than her. She is living off campus this year though so I have a new roommate. She is also a Bio major, but we actually will only have one class together.

Wow 35,000 students!? My school has less than 1000 undergraduates plus however many graduate students (PT, OT, NP, RD, mental health) there are on campus.

Good luck tomorrow!!! Even though this forum is for knees, keep us updated!
July 21, 2009 - First Patella Dislocation
December 7, 2009 - Lateral release, medial reefing, and plica excision
January 14, 2011- TTT, MPFL Reconstruction, and Lateral Release

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Re: oohheykate's MPFL reconstruction on 4/14/2011 (LOA & MUA on 6/21/2011)
« Reply #441 on: July 06, 2012, 04:00:55 AM »
I did find a PT place. It's one bus ride away. I don't know how many blocks it is though. Haha. It shouldn't be too far away. It's on the same street my school is on but WAY down.

35k total students, 28 undergrad which is still a lot. It doesn't feel like it though!

I'll definitely keep you guys updated! I have to be at the hospital by 5:45am tomorrow (SO EARLY!). I have a blog if anyone wants to check up on there for daily posts!

http://persistentlyinjured.tumblr.com/
-18 years old-
Left knee;
11.07.08- Scope
07.02.09- Lateral Release/Meniscus Repair
11.11.09- diagnosis of Patellar Instability/Patellar Tracking Disorder
12.10.09- Medial Reefing/Lateral Release
01.11- Synvisc
04.14.11- MPFL Reconstruction
06.21.11- LOA & MUA

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Re: oohheykate's MPFL reconstruction on 4/14/2011 (LOA & MUA on 6/21/2011)
« Reply #442 on: July 07, 2012, 02:16:54 AM »
Hope your surgery went well.
3/20/2011 right knee dislocation & bone bruises
7/21/2011 arthroscopy with lateral release
6/8/2012 MPFL reconstruction
8/11/2014 TTT and lateral retinaculum repair
11/29/2014 Patellar Tendon rupture, Patella and Tibia fractures

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Re: oohheykate's MPFL reconstruction on 4/14/2011 (LOA & MUA on 6/21/2011)
« Reply #443 on: July 08, 2012, 04:14:24 AM »
My surgery went great! It lasted about three hours, an hour longer than expected. I was in a lot of pain initially but haven't taken any pain meds since leaving the hospital. I'm kinda immobile thanks to the brace being locked at at 35 degrees. My left knee isn't even hurting which I'm surprised about since I'm NWB.



-18 years old-
Left knee;
11.07.08- Scope
07.02.09- Lateral Release/Meniscus Repair
11.11.09- diagnosis of Patellar Instability/Patellar Tracking Disorder
12.10.09- Medial Reefing/Lateral Release
01.11- Synvisc
04.14.11- MPFL Reconstruction
06.21.11- LOA & MUA

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Re: oohheykate's MPFL reconstruction on 4/14/2011 (LOA & MUA on 6/21/2011)
« Reply #444 on: July 08, 2012, 09:29:36 PM »
I'm glad your surgery went well and I hope that your left knee continues to give you no problems.  :)
3/20/2011 right knee dislocation & bone bruises
7/21/2011 arthroscopy with lateral release
6/8/2012 MPFL reconstruction
8/11/2014 TTT and lateral retinaculum repair
11/29/2014 Patellar Tendon rupture, Patella and Tibia fractures

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Re: oohheykate's MPFL reconstruction on 4/14/2011 (LOA & MUA on 6/21/2011)
« Reply #445 on: July 08, 2012, 11:05:33 PM »
Does your college id allow you to ride the bus for free? My college has a deal with our local bus line. Currently though, I am still trying to decide whether or not to bring my car to college this fall or wait.

Sounds like everything is going better than expected. My aunt had both knee and hip replacements (also a meniscus removal and a rotator cuff repair in her shoulder...you two are 2 peas in a pod). In her opinion, her hip surgeries were way easier than her knees. Have you taken any pain meds yet? What exactly was your hip surgery again?
July 21, 2009 - First Patella Dislocation
December 7, 2009 - Lateral release, medial reefing, and plica excision
January 14, 2011- TTT, MPFL Reconstruction, and Lateral Release

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Re: oohheykate's MPFL reconstruction on 4/14/2011 (LOA & MUA on 6/21/2011)
« Reply #446 on: July 09, 2012, 04:32:42 AM »
Haha no, Runner. Never in a million years would the public transit system allow us to ride for free. They're always raising the prices and going on strike because 60k a year isn't enough to drive a bus! UGH. Anyway, it's not all that much so it shouldn't be too bad. But I'll probably have to transfer there because I start PT after my post-op on the 18th.

This surgery is WAY easier than I expected it to be! I'm taking meds at night. Although, I'm not really in pain. I'm actually in less pain than I was before surgery. However, my back and shoulder are killing me. I have to sit in a reclined position and my back hates it. The crutches are not helping my shoulder at all. And my OS repaired my labrum, which is kinda like the meniscus of the hip.
-18 years old-
Left knee;
11.07.08- Scope
07.02.09- Lateral Release/Meniscus Repair
11.11.09- diagnosis of Patellar Instability/Patellar Tracking Disorder
12.10.09- Medial Reefing/Lateral Release
01.11- Synvisc
04.14.11- MPFL Reconstruction
06.21.11- LOA & MUA

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Re: oohheykate's MPFL reconstruction on 4/14/2011 (LOA & MUA on 6/21/2011)
« Reply #447 on: July 11, 2012, 01:33:37 AM »
Good luck at post-op! How long on crutches? Was it a scope?

Closest medical work I have done lately is giving blood three times this year. I gave blood again yesterday, but felt extremely weird as I walked over to the refreshment table. I couldn't hear well, and everything was fuzzy. They got me over to a table to lay down, put a wet towel on my head, made me cough repeatedly, and drink juice. It was kind of scary, but now that, I feel fine, I will probably donate as soon as I can again. Are you cleared to give blood or is your knee graft still an issue?

I'm excited to say that I put a down payment on my own first car (buying used) today. Thank goodness for left knee problems and automatic cars.

Hope your back, hip, and shoulder feel better. Do you have an ice machine for any of those joints? I imagine sitting (and sleeping) are a pain!
July 21, 2009 - First Patella Dislocation
December 7, 2009 - Lateral release, medial reefing, and plica excision
January 14, 2011- TTT, MPFL Reconstruction, and Lateral Release

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Re: oohheykate's MPFL reconstruction on 4/14/2011 (LOA & MUA on 6/21/2011)
« Reply #448 on: July 14, 2012, 02:55:17 AM »
Thanks, Runner!

My surgery was a scope. My hip OS said I'd be on crutches and in this brace for 4-6 weeks. I find out for sure at post-op. He said the crutches are more for walking with the brace after a certain amount of time so, if I'm allowed to ditch the crutches, I will because I need to save my shoulder.

Boo on feeling like that after giving blood. I've run three blood drives and we've had plenty of people feel like that. I'm allowed to donate again but with everything going on with me, I haven't gotten around to it.

Congrats on getting your first car! It must feel awesome to purchase it yourself.

I was given a multi purpose ice pad for my knee surgery so I can use it on any joint but the ice machine is just a hassle. I'm getting used to sleeping on my back but this brace is killing me! It has a strap that goes across my mid-back and it hurts to lay down on it for a while aka sleeping :(

Hopefully, I only need four weeks in this brace since I feel so great. I honestly don't even feel like I had surgery which is bad at times since I'm NWB.

I had my shoulder MRI yesterday. It was a weird experience because of my hip surgery. I wasn't allowed to have my brace on obviously so I had to have my legs strapped to the table and my feet taped together because my hip can't externally rotate. And the thing they use to focus the MRI on your shoulder is weird. I felt like I was in a cocoon.

My left knee feels great even though it is doing all the work! I'm very surprised. My right knee, even though I'm NWB, still continues to hurt which makes me sad.
-18 years old-
Left knee;
11.07.08- Scope
07.02.09- Lateral Release/Meniscus Repair
11.11.09- diagnosis of Patellar Instability/Patellar Tracking Disorder
12.10.09- Medial Reefing/Lateral Release
01.11- Synvisc
04.14.11- MPFL Reconstruction
06.21.11- LOA & MUA

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Re: oohheykate's MPFL reconstruction on 4/14/2011 (LOA & MUA on 6/21/2011)
« Reply #449 on: July 19, 2012, 01:40:11 AM »
I saw both my OS today!

I got my stitches out and my hip OS unlocked the brace more! I'm 50% weight bearing now until I see him again in three weeks. He was baffled when I complained about not being in any pain, haha. But really, I'm feeling wonderful after this surgery.

My knee/shoulder OS diagnosed me with multidirectional instability in my right shoulder. There's nothing you can do about it until you get full dislocations.

I start PT for both my shoulder and hip as soon as I can get an appointment.

I was talking to my knee OS after my appointment and he was asking about college and stuff and we both couldn't believe that he been treating me for almost three years! Time flies! He is really pleased that my left knee is holding up with all the extra work it has to do right now. He joked that my right knee is never going to get fixed because my other joints keep becoming unstable. Hopefully, it does! Then he showed me off to his PA. Apparently, I'm like a celebrity in my two Orthos offices. He was telling his PA that I was the one who had the MPFLr then had to have the hip scope and how I didn't have to take pain meds. He tells me all the time that him and my hip OS talk about me.
-18 years old-
Left knee;
11.07.08- Scope
07.02.09- Lateral Release/Meniscus Repair
11.11.09- diagnosis of Patellar Instability/Patellar Tracking Disorder
12.10.09- Medial Reefing/Lateral Release
01.11- Synvisc
04.14.11- MPFL Reconstruction
06.21.11- LOA & MUA