Monday, July 6, 2009

A.C.L.

Last Thursday I went in for my second surgery on my knee. As I've written before about my first procedure (medial pattelofemoral, meniscus, and micro fracture), you may have read that the two surgeries require different healing methods. For the ACL you can be bending it and working on range of motion basically right out of surgery, but with the other stuff that I had fixed I was on crutches for 10 weeks and was only allowed to bend my knee 30 more degrees every 2 weeks.

My first surgery lasted 5 hours and I ended up staying the night in the hospital since I woke up around 1 AM. The following 10 weeks were difficult. I couldn't drive and was uncomfortable most of the time. I endured a lot of painful P.T. visits and all in preparation for my second surgery. It's strange to have surgery and rehabbing just to have the second. I would visit my P.T. three times a week and work out in the pool or at the gym every day.

Right around the time when I started to walk normal and feel normal was when I was going in to get a new ACL. On Thursday morning I was booked for a 7:30 AM surgery. Apparently, when I woke up I convinced the Dr.s that it would be better for me to stay the night rather than drive the hour and 15 minute road home and then back again on the 3rd of July. It was a good move.



This is the hardware that came out of my knee. It's from my ACL surgery from 2 years ago. I'd like to know how that holds my knee together. The Doc informed me that I have 2 screws in this time.



I was far from hungry on Friday, but I had to eat something so that they could give me pain pills rather than using the I.V. drip. I should have eaten more. I felt super nauseous and had to drive home from South Lake to Squaw, which gets me car sick even if I'm not on narcotics. Luckily I was able to hold everything down until I was home and in bed. I puked a total of 8 or 9 times. They were violent throw ups too. I felt like I had a migraine and that my head was going to explode. Thankfully that only lasted until the night and since then I've been sleeping really well and I haven't actually needed to take pain pills. ACL surgery seems really mellow now compared to my first one. If you get a nerve block you don't feel a thing and if not, the pain only lasts a few days and then you feel so much better every single day.



Standard I.V.



This is the drain that they removed from my knee on Friday morning. I didn't really feel much when they pulled it out. I had a nerve block, so I wasn't in too much pain.



I'm stoked in this picture because I feel like I am now on the road to recovery even after the 3 months of rehab just to make it to this point.

3 comments:

Adam said...

keep crankin' on it Michelle! You are an inspiration.

Anonymous said...

michelle parker you are a rockstar. i am broken at the moment as well unfortunately. just found out I need surgery on my foot. right away...and I am in south america! This was misdiagnosed 3 times by 3 different doctors. arghhh.

I will stay as positive as you are because...well...that is what we do, right?
miss you. luke

jacobwester said...

hope youre healing up fast michelle! cant wait to see you next winter, enjoy your summer!
Jake