Wednesday, November 23, 2005

I'm still lame


For both of you who read this, I just wanted to let you know I'm starting physiotherapy tomorrow. The surgeon wrote a prescription for it. All it says is:

Dx [diagnosis]: Healed # R patella
Please rehab
- ROM [range of motion]
- Strength

I guess the physio will have no problem interpreting with this. I walked home from the hospital after the surgical consult. He said you can't even tell there was a fracture according to the new x-rays, and to stop using my cane so I can get stronger. When I got home, I put the cane away, but my daughter grabbed it, started swinging it around and when she hit me in me swollen knee, it hurt so much I almost threw up!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Cryo Cuff

The other day I bought a cryo-cuff off of ebay. It's like blood pressure cuff that you fill with ice water, and you can put it on your knee. The guy who sold it to me said it was like new, but when I got it, it was pretty rough and covered in animal hair! Gross! The guy gave me twenty bucks as atonement.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

I feel for this guy.



This guy should start his own blog!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

My walk


I've been trying to use my crutches with good technique, keeping my legs pointed forward, and not dragging my bad leg. Without the crutches, I can almost goose-step. My knee is loosening up now, that is to say, it's not totally unbendable any longer.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

This is my knee now



I put some zinc creme on my knee since the skin is a bit irritated. As well, I froze a bit of the skin with an ice pack by mistake. And these are my favourite pills - I mainly just take advil and vitamins now.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Halloween



Here I am with my crutches, my daughter (a cat!) my niece Madison and sister-in-law Diana.
I'm dressed up as a guy who runs with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
Like in the other picture here.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

My Last Day of Soccer



Today is my last day of watching Italian soccer. My cable company is switching the Italian channel to digital and I don't think it's worth paying a whole lot more just for this, which can sometimes take up a bit too much of my time on Sundays anyway. I'll save my soccer-watching for the world cup in Germany in June. By that time, I may be able to kick a soccer ball weakly myself.

Today I went swimming and did a workout at the Kinsmen. The knee felt OK and the swim felt amazing. I used a pullboy to float my legs, since I can't really kick. I spent some time treading some water in an aquajogger too, and a young woman in a wheelchair came along and was helped into the pool by an assistant. She had really skinny legs (I suppose they wre atrophied), and the assistant strapped a piece of foam between her legs so she could swim. Once in the water, she swam in the fast lane. It was awesome inspiration!

Last night I went to an Ultimate party for Halloween. It was great to see my COQ team-mates, the first time since surgery. I went as an injured bull-runner from Pamplona. Only one party-goer properly identified me!

Jim gave me some excellent tips on taking care of my knee. He was also telling me about the near-certainty of arthritis in my future. Bummer!