I can’t even make excuses except to say that I’ve been busy researching information and wanted to make sure I had all my ducks in a row before posting. It’s been a disappointing time because (even though I knew things weren’t progressing), I finally heard the word’s from my doctor’s mouth….”surgery didn’t work.”
I had been eagerly awaiting the month of July because that is when (assuming things were going well) I had been told I could start running/jogging again. I had been diligent in my workouts and was anxious to start some sort of training for the Marathon Du Medoc.
I went back to my doctor in July and he wasn’t thrilled with what he saw (I was/am still having trouble with stairs, still have swelling in my knee and now have a popping/cracking sound when it bends, and have not been able to strengthen my quad at all). He thought it made sense to try a Monovisc injection to see if that would help with swelling and reduce the pain in order to help me strengthen my quad. So, he submitted my claim to insurance and I waited….and waited….and waited. Over a month later (and after me harassing both my insurance company and my doctor’s office), I was still waiting for this claim to clear and I decided that it wasn’t worth continuing to wait when I could get Synvisc injections without the wait (Synvisc is a series of 3 injections done a week apart, where Monovisc combines the three injections into one). So I started on my Synvisc injections and again had hope that this would be what I needed to get me over the hump.
During this time, one of my favorite brands (and favorite Running brand :)) Oiselle opened up spots on their team (Oiselle Volee), where runners from across the country connect and support one another through racing and community events. I had been introduced to the team a few years back when I ran on a Hood-to-Coast team that included a bunch of Oiselle team members. They were a fantastic group of people and I was excited to get back into the running community and race again. So I applied and got a spot on the team- very exciting!
Flash forward to the end of my three weeks of Synvisc injections to no improvement. I met with my doctor again and was essentially told that the surgery did not work and my options going forward were either to live with where I was at or have more surgery….and the surgery he was/is recommending is very invasive and the recovery is long and hard.
It is devastating to be almost a year out and to find myself worse off than I was before the surgery. I know that I can’t live with where I’m at- I can’t go up and down stairs normally, can’t play any sports with my kids and my knee still gives out from time to time. I feel like I’m an 80-year old trapped in a 40-year old’s body.