Thursday, November 11, 2010

Finally, Good News

On the road again...
After my horrendous experience at "Keyser" a few weeks ago, I dreaded going back to see another specialist, but left the hospital this week with a huge grin on my face! The verdict? My knee is fine. 100% fine. What's the pain all about? My weak, atrophied right leg is having a tough time because during this injury I babied it too much, thus causing my kneecap to slightly move to the right. If you, dear reader, would grab one leg and then the other you would see the difference in muscle loss. I was honestly shocked but in the end, relieved.  To correct this I just need to strengthen my quads and not do something silly like too much distance running, too soon.  I am still smiling, I also still feel a bit of pain but now know the steps to get out of this quicksand. Apparently the other doctor's claims that I had this and that damaged were total hogwash, I supressed the desire to yell down the hall "SEE?! I TOLD YOU SO!" and just smiled quietly when Dr. G looked at the x-rays and said "I see no damage, everything looks fine, you do need to strengthen your quads though". So here's the timeline of what I did wrong

  • Banged my knee and then went on a huge long run instead of RICE
  • Didn't do RICE properly the first time around.
    Didn't adhere to taking Ibuprofen regurlarly
  • Didn't cross train when healed
  • Ran a 1/2 marathon when healed (whoops!)
    Hiked when I wasn't healed.
  • Put off seeing the doctor
  • Didn't ask for a second opinion
  • Understated my injuries
  • (and finally) Let someone else get me down when I knew in my heart he was wrong.
So what does this mean? It means my road back to joining the running community has a direction, a course, and milemarkers. According to the Dr. if I can get my right leg up to about 80% of the strength of the left, then I should be good to go. Time for me to do a short walk. :) Thanks for reading!


  1. Yesssssssss! I just got up to 2.5 miles. Let's get out there and run together soon!


    The fact that this doctor gave you the same advice as what fixed my knee issues (strengthen the quads) is also a good sign. It really did work for me. Leg extensions and wall squats are great -- so long as you don't overdue it and start out with only a few reps and little to no weights.

  3. that is fabulous news, Jose! So glad you can get back out & at 'em. I miss your daily sighting photos :)

  4. Hey!!! I know how important it is for you to be active. We appreciate your inspiration. See you in December.

  5. Holly - For sure :) I see my PT tomorrow so we'll see what exercises he recommends. I've already started doing some light work like the leg extensions and the squats.

    Layla - thanks :) I'm excited. Maybe we can both be ready in time for the Shamrock'n? Though we still don't know where you will end up right?

    Daphne - :) What's next for you?

    Regina - I've missed it like crazy. don't worry I will for sure return to posting about the silly things I see out on the road!

    C-dog - I appreciate you! NCRA