Monday ”What Went Well” Report: Bum knee, but not for long!

It had to happen eventually. After a lifetime of running (sometimes at a wildly inappropriate weight for the kind of stress that knees take on a regular basis with all that pounding), I finished my ten-miler last Sunday afternoon and felt…something. No pops, tears, or trauma. Just…something that wasn’t right.

This is your knee, and all the key parts that keep it humming. We're thinking my medial meniscus needs a rest. (Image courtesy of http://drwaltlowe.com/knee-anatomy/)
This is your knee, and all the key parts that keep it humming. We’re thinking my medial meniscus needs a rest. (Image courtesy of http://drwaltlowe.com/knee-anatomy/)

So I called the nurse hotline at my insurance company the next day. Turned out the nurse who took my call is a trail runner, so she knows something about knees. Specifically: don’t mess with them. Get ’em looked at, or risk a chronic, lifetime injury.

Needless to say, she convinced me to see a doctor the next day.

By Tuesday afternoon, I was in a decently-supportive knee brace with good lateral (side to side) support,  and I was sitting (literally) on a probable diagnosis of a meniscus tear – a little bitty one, because my knee’s range of motion was fine and I didn’t have any traumatic pain involved when the doctor poked around the joint for a bit. Prescription: no running for now. A physical therapist at the end of the month. And I can do just about everything else for exercise. Excellent.

(An aside: In a former life, I would easily have used this injury as an excuse to do a whole lotta nothin’ for workouts for the next several weeks. But no siree, not here at Every48. Life is different now.)

So, What Went Well this week? I rediscovered the pool – and the pull buoy that I can hold between my legs to work my upper body only. I can kick (from the hips, please, not the knees) and I can definitely swim freestyle, so the pool is my new best friend.

And I can take spin class too – biking is just fine. I’m taking it a little more slowly just to be sure, but so far, so good. And I’m committed to doing everything I can do to plan out the week, get my work done (there’s a lot to do, so I need the concentration and the discipline), and take exceptionally good care of myself so that my knee can start to heal and I can get myself to my physical therapy appointment in fighting shape.

And here’s what really went well this week:

I no longer believe that a setback equals a failure. It just means we have a little more work to do to reach the goal. And the challenge that it requires – or, I should say, the discipline – might actually do a little something extra for us, like build character and toughness and grit.

Okay, I can’t run right now. I’ll deal with it. I’m actually a little relieved, because my knees have never been my favorite joint, and now I’m going to get to see a real live medical professional who has far more of a clue than I do about how to keep my knees healthy, so that I can keep running for the rest of my life. Yay. I’d say that’s pretty good news.

Recent #Every48 workouts: A SPIN CLASS last Friday – loved it and it gave me a ton of energy for the rest of the day. A SWIM on Saturday – some freestyle with pull buoy, some kicking with kickboard. About 50 minutes total. Felt like a badass getting out of that pool.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Darci says:

    Hey Nicole, sorry about the knee…sounds like it has opened new doors of activity though…not a bad thing!

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