Say a little prayer for me today because I’m having knee surgery this morning! After 7 months of dealing with plica syndrome, I’m glad the day is here.
You may remember a few weeks ago that I originally scheduled this procedure for mid-February and then turned around and cancelled it. Life has been kind of busy lately and adding surgery to my plate seemed like too much to deal with.
Well, I almost immediately regretted putting it off. I’ve felt like my knee pain has progressively gotten worse to the point that it is negatively affecting all aspects my life, and I realized I was not doing myself any favors for my physical or emotional health by postponing it. Then I went on a bike ride and I could hardly walk the next day. Yep, that pretty much did it for me.
I’m thankful that my doctor was able to get me rescheduled fairly quickly (hopefully he doesn’t think I’m crazy) and I’m ready to just get things over with.
I’ve spent the last week getting prepared to be down for the count for a little while… clean house? yep. lots of reading material on hand? check. crutches and lots of ice? check check. My own personal nurse? Kinda.
So this morning I gave my girl a hug and told her we’d hopefully be reunited soon <3
No, really, I gave her an actual hug.
Today: I’m having the plica in my left knee removed arthroscopically. They’re also going to check to make sure nothing else is going on while they’re in there. The procedure is supposed to be short and sweet. They are not doing anything to the structure of my knee, so I’ll be able to bear weight as tolerated afterwards. I have crutches just in case I need them at first but will hopefully be able to start walking fairly soon.
Most nervous about: going under anesthesia. I’m sure everything will be fine but I know I will have a moment of panic at some point today.
My hope: is that they give me lots of good drugs today!
Silly things that I’m embarrassed to admit I’m worried about: Someone seeing any part of my body naked while they’re prepping me for surgery. Saying something dumb while I’m coming off of anesthesia. Whether I will be able to get on and off of the toilet without assistance for the first few days after surgery. You know, important things.
Main challenge after surgery: following my rehab instructions… icing, resting and doing my leg exercises like I’m supposed to. The thought of doing any sort of leg exercises right now makes me cringe.
Most relieved about: not having stitches. I don’t know why but the idea of getting stitches removed really gives me the heeby jeebies. I realize that is probably the least of my worries, lol.
Most dreading: taking off my bandage for the first time. Doesn’t seem very pleasant.
Most curious about: whether they will find anything else wrong when they’re scoping my knee. How my recovery will go. When I will be able to go back to work.
What I’m most looking forward to: Cycling. Running. Being active outside. Just living life without being uncomfortable. Not complaining about my knee anymore (I bet my friends and family are looking forward to that, too).
So wish me luck! I have some posts scheduled and will probably pop in for a few updates, but I may not be updating regularly for the next week or two.
Have a good weekend!