Out of commission

On Friday, Feb 24 I twisted my left knee and felt a sharp pain. It didn’t go away, so I went to the hospital to see an orthopedic surgeon. After poking and prodding, he said that I had probably torn my meniscus. As it was too late in the day to get an MRI, he told me to come back and have one in the morning. I came back in the morning for the MRI and returned in the afternoon for the results. I had torn my meniscus and would require surgery. The doctor said the sooner I could get my knee repaired, the better. I was scheduled to fly to Bengaluru the next day, Sunday. I was torn (both iterally and figuratively), but I decided it was best to cancel the trip and schedule the surgery for Monday morning. I spent the rest of Saturday afternoon have pre-op tests completed so I will be ready on Monday morning.

The surgery went well, but was involved. The meniscus was completely torn and was out of the joint so it had to be put back and secured with three sutures. Usually they only need two keyholes, but they needed a third to complete the fix.

I went home Monday evening with a full leg brace and have spent this week recovering. Today (Saturday) I went back to have for followup and now have a brace that allows me to bend my knee 45º. I also saw the physiotherapist and have more exercies to do. I will go back in a week to have the stitches removed.

Because of my limited mobility and to avoid straining my knee as it recoves, I have had to cancel my travels for the month of March. Lord willing I will be able to resume normal activities in a few weeks. Pray for a speedy recovery.

3 thoughts on “Out of commission

  1. What I can encourage you to do, at least from those who have had knee replacement surgery done, is this — do all the physical therapy that the doctor prescribes – regardless of how much it hurts! We certainly do pray for a speedy recovery — and also a correct/complete recovery so that you don’t find yourself with future issues to deal with! 🙂

  2. Thank you so much! I have been faithfully doing the exercises, which right now are pretty tame (and I also have pain medication), so it hasn’t been much of a problem. I assume they will become more difficult and painful as time goes on.

  3. Our prayers are with you. May the Lord give you a steady recovery blessed in this time of waiting with rich meditation on His Word, so that once the body’s ready, you can hit the ground running… or at least a brisk pace to begin.

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