Friday, January 22, 2010

MRI Incoming!!!

So I went to my actual, real-live "has a medical degree and license and everything" doctor, and after bending my knees six ways to Sunday she confirmed my self-diagnosis, which had admittedly been aided and abetted by consultations with Choreboy and Dr. Google (two arguable medical references, to be sure).

My ACL is injured in both my right knee and my left. In proper medical terms, this is known as "hosed" (*koff*).

From everything I've read, ACL injuries don't necessarily need surgery unless a) you're in a high contact sport, or b) you are experiencing joint instability.

Guess which one of those describes me? In both knees?

So anyway, I'm going to have an MRI on this upcoming Wednesday. My doctor will follow up with me when she gets the results, and expects to be referring me out to an orthopedist and we'll let that actual real doctor with a medical license and everything make the surgery call.

I'm thinking 2010 is more of a casual walking, biking, and yoga kind of year. The 5K is going to have to wait until 2011.

And I swear I'm going to use this cane to trip the next person who looks at me weird. It's a cane, people! Lots of folks use them. We live in the retirement capital of the nation. Good grief.


Jen said...

You don't have to give up on the 5K unless your joints are so unstable that you can't even walk without pain. The emphasis these days is on fitness and at least half of the people will be there to walk with you.

Amanda said...

Unfortunately the instability is that bad. I'm walking with a cane, and even with that I lurch and have steps that are extremely painful, with increasing regularity.

I'm not a fan of this, clearly, but... well, we always have 2011, LOL

Suzanne Chappell said...

Maybe you're being a little paranoid about people looking at you weird? I have found I tend to be on the high side of paranoid in such cases.

I made the mistake a few years ago, taking a multi-colored umbrella with me for my 5 week stay in San Francisco. Believe me, I was convinced people were looking at me funny, so close to the rainbow district! Ha!

Good Luck with the MRI! Hope it's not too serious!


Amanda said...

Oh Suzanne, it's always possible that I'm being paranoid... LOL.

I'm just tired. Two weeks ago I could walk normally. Now I can't. It's frustrating. Here's hoping it for sure has a fix.

On the plus side, it's not terminal. That's a HUGE plus.