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Offline Johnnyp060

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My 1st steps in 7 months
« on: October 06, 2012, 06:10:42 PM »
7 months ago on the 4th I was in a dirtbike accident which left me with a torn ACL, PCL and MCL and pretty much a jumbled up mess inside my knee (the words of my doc after he put me back together).
I had my surgery on May 14th, replaced ACL, PCL and MCL with cadaver parts and cleaned everything up in there. It has been an emotional and physical roller coaster ride since my crash and there has been times when I thought I was never going to recover from this. But I've kept a positive attitude and have had an awesome support network and today, 4 1/2 months since my surgery I took my first steps. It was a very emotional event and felt like a huge weight taken off my shoulders.
Don't get discouraged, I know it's easier said than done, I've been there but it does get better. Hang in there a stay positive.
3/4/12 Dirtbike crash, tore ACL, PCL and MCL
5/14/12 Surgery done to replace ACL, PCL and MCL with cadaver tendons
12/4/13 ACL and MCL replaced again, kneecap released and anchored and external fixator installed

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Re: My 1st steps in 7 months
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2012, 07:42:45 PM »
That's AMAZING - well done ! :) :) :) All the best for a continued good recovery.
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12th January 2011 - ACL reconstruction (Hamstring)

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Re: My 1st steps in 7 months
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2012, 10:30:02 PM »
Thanks!!!!
3/4/12 Dirtbike crash, tore ACL, PCL and MCL
5/14/12 Surgery done to replace ACL, PCL and MCL with cadaver tendons
12/4/13 ACL and MCL replaced again, kneecap released and anchored and external fixator installed

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Re: My 1st steps in 7 months
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2012, 04:43:06 AM »
Congratulations! ;D

Hope the rest of your recovery goes smoothly and you are dancing in no timel

Linda :)
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Offline Johnnyp060

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Re: My 1st steps in 7 months
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2012, 05:17:54 AM »
Thank you!!!...:)
3/4/12 Dirtbike crash, tore ACL, PCL and MCL
5/14/12 Surgery done to replace ACL, PCL and MCL with cadaver tendons
12/4/13 ACL and MCL replaced again, kneecap released and anchored and external fixator installed

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Re: My 1st steps in 7 months
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2012, 09:26:24 AM »
Great work! Taking those steps is massive in physical and emotional terms. You're a fighter! Keep us posted!  ;D
Bilateral patella OA since 2009, no surgeries.
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Refusing to let the ailing parts stop me....

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Re: My 1st steps in 7 months
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2012, 12:24:31 PM »
Will do....thank you...:)
3/4/12 Dirtbike crash, tore ACL, PCL and MCL
5/14/12 Surgery done to replace ACL, PCL and MCL with cadaver tendons
12/4/13 ACL and MCL replaced again, kneecap released and anchored and external fixator installed

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Re: My 1st steps in 7 months
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2012, 05:09:29 PM »
Congratulations! That's one hell of an injury list and it's great to hear that you've taken your first steps. I'm sure it's a credit to your positive and determined approach.

I hope your recovery continues to make really good progress from here on. :)
Mar 11: R Biceps femoris tear (skiing)
Jul 10: ACLr (hamstring autograft)
Mar 10: L ACL rupture (skiing)
Feb 06: L partial ACL tear (kickboxing)
Dec 03: R bone edema (motorbike)
Jan 01: R patellar chip (motorbike)
May 93: R ACL sprain (hockey)
Ongoing: bilateral PFS and OA

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Re: My 1st steps in 7 months
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2012, 05:59:44 PM »
Thank you!!  I've definitely had my share of downs days but have tried to keep a positive attitude. It's really helped getting in contact with people on here that have fully recovered from a multi ligament injury.  It's helped me see there's light at the end of the tunnel.
3/4/12 Dirtbike crash, tore ACL, PCL and MCL
5/14/12 Surgery done to replace ACL, PCL and MCL with cadaver tendons
12/4/13 ACL and MCL replaced again, kneecap released and anchored and external fixator installed

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Re: My 1st steps in 7 months
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2012, 05:59:22 PM »
Wow...congrats on your progress!!  I'm am new to this site and am sooo happy I found it. I was feeling pretty much alone in my situation and pain. It's great to read about everyone elses situation and learn from it...let alone, those that have already recovered come back to cheer everyone on in their journey to recovery!

Thank you and congratulations to you...it just might ease some of my pain reading the posts of others.


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Re: My 1st steps in 7 months
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2012, 06:27:44 PM »
Thank you!!!!  Yeah, finding this forum is the best. It has really helped getting in contact with others that have had the same injury as me and have fully recovered.
What I've learned about these injuries is a lot of times the progression is not linear, you'll have setbacks but you just have to be patient and keep moving forward. The best advice I got from a fellow triple ligamenter is don't compare this week to last week, compare this month to last month.
Since my first steps I'm definitely not walking around full time, I mostly get around with one crutch but have to use both sometimes, especially after my therapy sessions when my muscles are depleted. I can walk around for short periods, mostly in the morning when my muscles are fresh and there's no swelling.
Remember, it'll get better with a lot of time and patience. Keep your head up and stay positive. Take care, John
3/4/12 Dirtbike crash, tore ACL, PCL and MCL
5/14/12 Surgery done to replace ACL, PCL and MCL with cadaver tendons
12/4/13 ACL and MCL replaced again, kneecap released and anchored and external fixator installed

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Re: My 1st steps in 7 months
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2012, 11:51:41 PM »
Congratulations. I hope it all keeps going well.

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Re: My 1st steps in 7 months
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2012, 02:48:34 AM »
Thanks!!!!  I'm slowly weaning myself off my crutches, I mostly get around with one now. It's been a long tough road and it's a little longer but I'm getting there. Thanks again
3/4/12 Dirtbike crash, tore ACL, PCL and MCL
5/14/12 Surgery done to replace ACL, PCL and MCL with cadaver tendons
12/4/13 ACL and MCL replaced again, kneecap released and anchored and external fixator installed

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Re: My 1st steps in 7 months
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2012, 04:14:27 PM »
Good luck with your recovery!!! How are your pain levels now?

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Re: My 1st steps in 7 months
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2012, 06:04:36 PM »
Thanks!!!!  My pain levels are fine. Every once in a while I'll get more of a discomfort depending on which way I move it but I wouldn't describe it as pain. 
3/4/12 Dirtbike crash, tore ACL, PCL and MCL
5/14/12 Surgery done to replace ACL, PCL and MCL with cadaver tendons
12/4/13 ACL and MCL replaced again, kneecap released and anchored and external fixator installed