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-- Posted by PollyPocket at 4:18 pm on Jan. 7, 2017

The time for my ankle surgery has come.

I've been dealing with an ankle sprain since September, and was in a boot for about 6 weeks, have been doing PT and finally, my doctor ordered an MRI. At my next appointment, he walked in with a solemn face and gave me the news: you've got a torn ligament. I had a knee-jerk reaction and cursed, then apologized for my language. It's just that that was literally the last thing I wanted to hear! I've already had surgery on this ankle, I didn't want to have to face that again.

Anyway, he sat down and was like, you've got 2 options, surgery, or wear a brace forever and still have problems...so I cursed again and said, well, surgery is the best option.

What really sucks is that I'm an adult now and work so there's no break for me to do this over (last time I did it over summer break -- can you say bummer summer?), so I'm going to miss out on a good amount of work.

The other thing is, I'm going to have to stay at my parent's house for at least the first week, if not longer so they can help me out because I remember last time I could barely do anything the first 2 weeks.
I'm 26...I shouldn't be on my 2nd surgery already!!

So, I went in today to discuss the details of the procedure and to schedule it...and when they asked me when I wanted it done, I said as soon as possible, thinking it'd be at least a few weeks. Nope! They were like, how about the 16th? I paused and then said, sure, sounds good! So now I'm booked and it's official and just a week and a half away! Eek!

I'll be honest and say I'm kinda scared. I wasn't at all when I was a teenager, but now I know more/better...and my hospital is definitely not known for being good...my surgeon is, but the hospital itself, not so much. That's why when I was a teenager, I went to a place around an hour away to see the surgeon and get the procedure done, but that wasn't really an option this time, and they were different specialists anyway since she specialized in sports medicine and my doctor is just general.

But I've gotta put on my big girl pants and do it.

Anyone else ever had this, or something similar done?


-- Posted by KathyN at 10:13 pm on Jan. 8, 2017

Is torn ACL and meniscus sounds similar to you?

Well, every injury is different and people react differently. But I can relate to many things you say. Surgery is scary no matter what, but it seems like it's your best option.


-- Posted by PollyPocket at 12:36 pm on Jan. 9, 2017

Quote: from KathyN at 1:13 am on Jan. 9, 2017


Is torn ACL and meniscus sounds similar to you?

Well, every injury is different and people react differently. But I can relate to many things you say. Surgery is scary no matter what, but it seems like it's your best option.


Yes...I've actually had a torn meniscus before, but it was a small tear and healed on its own, thank God. And yeah, the ATFL is pretty much the ankle's equivalent to the ACL.

Honestly I just want it done and over with! So if this week could fast forward, that would be awesome.


-- Posted by KathyN at 4:37 pm on Jan. 9, 2017

Quote: from PollyPocket at 10:36 pm on Jan. 9, 2017


Quote: from KathyN at 1:13 am on Jan. 9, 2017

Is torn ACL and meniscus sounds similar to you?  

 Well, every injury is different and people react differently. But I can relate to many things you say. Surgery is scary no matter what, but it seems like it's your best option.


Yes...I've actually had a torn meniscus before, but it was a small tear and healed on its own, thank God. And yeah, the ATFL is pretty much the ankle's equivalent to the ACL.

Honestly I just want it done and over with! So if this week could fast forward, that would be awesome.


Yeah, I know this feeling.
Recently I started practicing Acro-Yoga without the knee-brace. Sometimes even without the elastic brace. I still wear it when I run or walk a lot. I wear the elastic brace when I cycle. Still not really sure about the surgery myself. Giving up basketball and running was really hard, but now I have other sport-hobbies.


-- Posted by PollyPocket at 7:01 pm on Jan. 11, 2017

I'm no good at sports, except running and dance...so I can't really find another sport. People always tell me how great swimming is, but I hate swimming! I have since I was a kid! But maybe I'll have to teach myself to like it...I mean, there's pilates and yoga, both of which I practice when I've got the money because I'm not advanced enough to do it on my own...so that's the problem...expenses. Running is cheap. Costly start up with the shoes and such, but then you're good for quite a while!


-- Posted by KathyN at 9:37 am on Jan. 12, 2017

Quote: from PollyPocket at 5:01 am on Jan. 12, 2017


I'm no good at sports, except running and dance...so I can't really find another sport. People always tell me how great swimming is, but I hate swimming! I have since I was a kid! But maybe I'll have to teach myself to like it...I mean, there's pilates and yoga, both of which I practice when I've got the money because I'm not advanced enough to do it on my own...so that's the problem...expenses. Running is cheap. Costly start up with the shoes and such, but then you're good for quite a while!
Yeah, I wasn't flexible and always thought it was very hard, but now, as you can see from the pics in my IB, I pretty much like it and doing not so bad. You have to practice step by step. You have to practice with a professional instructor, especially if you do it as a rehabilitation.


-- Posted by PollyPocket at 8:06 pm on Jan. 12, 2017

Quote: from KathyN at 12:37 pm on Jan. 12, 2017


Quote: from PollyPocket at 5:01 am on Jan. 12, 2017

I'm no good at sports, except running and dance...so I can't really find another sport. People always tell me how great swimming is, but I hate swimming! I have since I was a kid! But maybe I'll have to teach myself to like it...I mean, there's pilates and yoga, both of which I practice when I've got the money because I'm not advanced enough to do it on my own...so that's the problem...expenses. Running is cheap. Costly start up with the shoes and such, but then you're good for quite a while!
Yeah, I wasn't flexible and always thought it was very hard, but now, as you can see from the pics in my IB, I pretty much like it and doing not so bad. You have to practice step by step. You have to practice with a professional instructor, especially if you do it as a rehabilitation.

Oh, I know I like pilates and yoga, and once upon a time I practiced enough that I could do it on my own, but those days are gone...and since I can't even afford rent, I most certainly can't afford $100/month for classes!! I wish though. I really love both. Took both in college -- pilates as a course, yoga at the Y with a friend.


-- Posted by KathyN at 9:53 pm on Jan. 12, 2017

Quote: from PollyPocket at 6:06 am on Jan. 13, 2017


Quote: from KathyN at 12:37 pm on Jan. 12, 2017

Quote: from PollyPocket at 5:01 am on Jan. 12, 2017

I'm no good at sports, except running and dance...so I can't really find another sport. People always tell me how great swimming is, but I hate swimming! I have since I was a kid! But maybe I'll have to teach myself to like it...I mean, there's pilates and yoga, both of which I practice when I've got the money because I'm not advanced enough to do it on my own...so that's the problem...expenses. Running is cheap. Costly start up with the shoes and such, but then you're good for quite a while!
Yeah, I wasn't flexible and always thought it was very hard, but now, as you can see from the pics in my IB, I pretty much like it and doing not so bad. You have to practice step by step. You have to practice with a professional instructor, especially if you do it as a rehabilitation.

Oh, I know I like pilates and yoga, and once upon a time I practiced enough that I could do it on my own, but those days are gone...and since I can't even afford rent, I most certainly can't afford $100/month for classes!! I wish though. I really love both. Took both in college -- pilates as a course, yoga at the Y with a friend.


It doesn't have to be something physical, it can be art, or working in a different field, or even studying something new... just find something else you would like.


-- Posted by PollyPocket at 10:08 pm on Jan. 12, 2017

I need something physical. I've been physical my entire life, and I;m not about to stop now!!

I would like to work in a different field, but that's not happening...I've applied to more places than I can count. And study? HA! I fucking hate studying. Nothing that is non physical could ever fill the void anyway, It's how I escape.


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