Continuing on... August 4, 2010 JUST RECEIVED THE NEWS
(I added this in the post below, but here it is for those who got confused on the date and who are still asking me what the prognosis is)
Yesterday I had an MRI but left with no answers. This morning I woke up feeling hopeful since the swelling in my knee was a little bit better. I spent the morning playing with my 17 month old. We played, then she watched me do some weighted pull ups, push ups, pistols on my right leg, seated presses, and seated rope waves. Hey I am trying to make the best of it. I was feeling pretty good.
Okay so I have had quite a few emails from people so far with words of encouragement. Thanks so much to all of you. You guys are amazing. Also many of you wise ones mentioned that if it's a meniscus tear it's a fast recovery. If it's the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) which is the primary stabilizer of the knee, it's a very LONG recovery, 9 - 12 months until I can do everything again.
Today the doctor looked at the MRI, brought in a skeleton knee and immediately started discussing Reconstructive Surgery. That's right folks I have a COMPLETELY TORN ACL! Not the words I was hoping to hear. Am I surprised? A little. I did hear and feel a pop. I was hoping it was my imagination, but it was real. He said when athletes use the term "blown out knee" this is it. I have a blown out knee and will be needing surgery at some point in the near future. I guess there goes my plans for wakeboarding then dancing at the clubs on my birthday, no snowboarding this season, and definitely no Krav Maga for awhile. However, I will be able to do some modified kettlebell exercises which is a good thing as long as I'm super careful. Next week I was scheduled to film Volume 3 of my UBSC DVD series. This one was suppose to be the best out of all of them. I have the most amazing location, coolest set up, and best workouts planned for this. So the question is do I do it anyway and just modify the exercises I can't do? And have my workout partners do them instead? Or do I wait several years to do this after I go through the surgery and rehab? I'm aiming for sooner than later and doing what I can since I've been very anxious to get this DVD out for my peeps. ;-) Hopefully that wont be a problem for people.
This is definitely going to be quite an adjustment for me. The fact that I can't do what I am use to doing has not quite settled in yet. Once this all hits and I adapt I will try and keep everyone posted. Be well and be healthy.
Lots of Love,
Your feedback is taken seriously and it means so much. Thanks again!
I tore a meniscus in my knee last year 3 weeks before I was set to run a marathon, so I feel your pain. Anne
You all are very encouraging and I am pleased to know that everyone is okay with me just instructing or modifying where needed.
See you on the 12th!
so sorry to hear about your ACL but the fact that you are able to do what you can do even with this is a true testament to the inner and outer strength you have that inspires us all. Most people with your injury cannot move let alone do kettlebell drills,teach a workshop, film a DVD and take care of two little girls. I am hoping to be able to afford your new DVD as knowing what you are dealing with and that you forged on is truly something remarkable and a reminder to what the human spirit can accomplish no matter what. I wish you all the best with your surgery and recovery. and oh yeah. Happy Belated anniversary to your 30th birthday!! :)
I also create and produce fitness DVDs. I was right in the middle of a shoot when my neck gave out. Had to eat that expense.
Just wanted to let you know that when life closes a door it opens another one.
I'm making the most of it and learning some great stuff that can be done with low impact aerobics. I'll be back in another year.
I'm learning tons about the computer, filming and other loves I've not had time for. It all works out in the end. I'm very actively writing now. I also started a podcast to keep me busy.
Hope you heal fast!
Thanks so much for sharing your story. Wow I couldn't imagine having such a severe life altering change as to what you have just gone through. You are inspirational and I appreciate your uplifting advice.
Good luck with your recovery. Again, I am sorry you have had to deal with such a serious injury. You are very positive. I look forward to checking out your videos as well!
All the best,