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February 25, 2010

In the midst of life happening I forgot to mark the anniversary of my first knee injury which I wrote about here.

As the days went on by and turned into weeks then months and would then lead to several injuries, my approach towards my first injury was sensible but still very careless. Here’s what I did wrong.

  • I went to a crappy doctor and hospital – sports doctors or specialists with current methods of treatment please
  • After getting the “OK” from the crappy doctor I rushed back into training and entered a tournament – my leg was nowhere near “OK” but that’s besides the point. A body part will never be 100% immediately after the injury and “healing”, it will take time to fully recover. The longer time, the better recovery.
  • And after re-injuring my knee, I still didn’t get proper treatment – hey, you, with the light injury, might wanna rest up or get that checked out before it turns into a full blown injury.  A few days or a couple weeks off from jiu-jitsu is fine when compared to MONTHS or YEARS OF NO TRAINING!

Six months after my first knee injury, I have surgery for a busted ACL and menicus. Six months after the surgery, I’m still not back to training. And if I think about that for too long I get really really pissed and have to fight the need to go molotov cocktail a certain crappy hospital but then I know that’s really really stupid and childish and I revert back to happy Patrick.

Sigh.  I’m just venting. I’m still good. 🙂

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2010 11:54 pm

    Sorry that healing is going so slowly for you, Patrick. 😦

    I’ve only been out close to 2 months with my sprained LCL, and I’m going nuts. I can’t even imagine what your year’s been like, especially thinking you were better and getting back at one point, only to find out it was worse than you thought. Ugh. The times when I really start whining about my knee, though, I remember that you and Caleb are going through much longer recoveries than I am.

    Does the doctor have any idea how much longer?

    • March 17, 2010 2:20 pm

      Hey, Leslie. Sorry about the horrendously long period of time to reply.

      Doc says the longer I take recovering the better I’ll be getting back into the flow of training. Now I’m in the high risk recovery time of re-tearing my ACL so even in my rehab no flippy hard jumping and sprinting action for me yet, which in turn means no jiu-jitsu at this time for me.

      Here’s to hoping you get on the mats before I do 🙂

  2. February 26, 2010 7:01 am

    Hey Patrick,

    I hear you buddy. I am supposedly going to be able to start training slowly again towards the end of March. That will be one year after my original surgery when they put in the LCL and ACL from cadaver tissue.

    I am terrified, but excited. I know the knee still doesn’t feel normal all the time, and it’s a little uncomfortable in positions that are otherwise normal. I will have to be very careful when I get back out there.

    Be patient. We’ll get there.

    • March 17, 2010 2:26 pm

      Hey, Caleb.

      Yeah, I hear you too buddy! It feels like I’m never going to trust my knee ever again. No more knee slicer passes for me ever again.

      Being patient. I know this time away from the mat is gonna make everytime we do step back on the mat that much more sweeter.

  3. March 10, 2010 7:15 am

    Don’t rush it. Great post!

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