The day I destroyed my ACL

My swollen right knee, result of ACL injury - www.myhometruths.com

Can you pick which one is damaged?

If you follow any of my social media accounts or read last week’s #imustconfess post you’d be aware that my right knee collapsed under me at tennis a couple of weeks back. It was unexpected, inconvenient and very painful.

While I felt something “go” and there was a blast of searing pain, it wasn’t all that long until the pain subsided enough so I could hobble off the court. I even drove myself home. When I scored a cancellation appointment at the GP later that day, there was minimal swelling too – it appeared I may have got away with a severe sprain, avoiding all the horrible “season ending” knee injuries that plague sports people the world over.

Although I am clearly not a professional sportsperson…

Given this promising start I was hopeful that things would settle down – I even said to my coach that I would be back the next week. Oh my poor naive self from two weeks ago…

My coach (who was doing a good job of hiding his disbelief) asked where I was going to physio.

Physio? I have never been to a physio in my life. Did I really need to go?

Apparently the answer is yes and he lined me up to see his own physio. Which is why I found myself being put through all kinds of hell while he poked and prodded and tried to see what was going on. I thought I was going to have to apologise for wasting his time. My knee was no longer all that painful and while I was still limping and it was swollen, I was certain I’d be back to normal soon.

Instead after his thorough examination he proclaimed that things didn’t feel right and it was his professional opinion that I’d damaged my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). If so I’d more than likely need surgery and he was even concerned that I was considering getting on a plane to travel to Problogger later that week, given the swelling in my knee and the risk of a blood clot in my leg.

Geez, talk about a reality check.

Dreams shattered. Rose coloured glasses knocked off my face and smashed to a pulp.

Crap got real.

So off I went for an MRI with an ever-shrinking hope that my physio was completely wrong and that he did not know what he was doing. This was despite his many years’ experience working with professional and semi-professional football players and dealing with ligament injuries every single day.

Anyway, the MRI was had and I went home to pack for Problogger, again hoping that things weren’t all that bad. At least I still had my compression socks from my last c-section to help reduce the risk of DVT and to make my physio and GP happy about my trip…

Compression socks for ACL injury - www.myhometruths.com

Bringing sexy back…

I rang the GP for the results before I left home last Thursday but they had not come in. So I was an interesting sight in my compression socks in the departure lounge at Newcastle Airport when I finally got a hold of him and was told I had indeed ruptured my ACL as well as managing a compression fracture too, in the process.

In his words it was a “season ender”. He suggested I get a pair of crutches and offered to ring around orthopedic surgeons to get me in to see someone as soon as possible. Meanwhile I tried to get my head together and work out how I was going to get through my time at Problogger.

In the end, it all worked out. I was on my knee more than I intended but I had an absolute blast (as usual). I will be sharing my experience and learnings as part of my #imustconfess post on Monday. If you have a Problogger post or any post about blogging or blogging conferences feel free to link up as well.

After trying to make light of my dodgy knee and doing my best to forget about it for a while, the weekend away did eventually have to end and I found myself buying a pair of crutches on my way home from the airport on Monday afternoon. It didn’t take long for me to hate them, with a passion…

Crutches for my ACL injury - www.myhometruths.com

Looking highly impressed with my new “besties”…

The remainder of my week involved a GP visit (where he told me my knee was a mess), another physio visit (where he marvelled at the size of the fluid at the back of my knee, called a Baker’s Cyst) and an appointment with the surgeon who confirmed my ACL was completely gone and booked me in for surgery.

So surgery is on my horizon to reconstruct my non-existent ACL. I could go without it but I’d never be able to exercise much again and I don’t want to live my life worrying about my knee giving way at any moment. On the plus side, I’ll be back to walking and even gentle jogging by the end of the year. And I’ll be able to get back to tennis sometime next year too.

In the meantime, I’ll hobble along, do my knee strengthening exercises, soak up the fact I don’t have to do the school run for a while and blog the crap out of it all. As any good blogger would do!

Doing exercises to strengthen my ACL injury - www.myhometruths.com

Being a good girl and doing my exercises to improve my range of motion before surgery

Do you have a dodgy knee too? Any tips for me for the coming months of rehab before me???

And before I forget I have a Facebook giveaway on at the moment where I’m inviting people to translate the medical diagnosis for my knee. Most creative answer wins a copy of the beautiful Animal Kingdom adult colouring in book. Get in fast as entries close 6pm Friday 21 August!

Prize for ACL competition - www.myhometruths.com

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39 Responses

  1. What a big thing that is lovely – my goodness I feel for you – and with surgery on the horizon, not fun! Thinking of you x
    Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me recently posted..Why I didn’t lose my nut at a rude mother.

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Em. I guess if you’re going to do something you better do it properly but sometimes I do tend to go overboard… 😉

  2. Denyse says:

    Unreal.so sorry this has happened. Do the right thing & get it fixed xx

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks D! After feeling selfish for a second (it’s not a cheap operation) I knew I had to have it – it is the right thing to do.

  3. Not good at all xx my Hubby has dodgy ankles, knees, back, you name it etc.. But aside from hurting my neck in a roller blading accident a couple of years ago Iv had a relatively good trot! I so hope the op goes smoothly & you recuperate well xx
    Danielle @ Several Kinds of Crazy recently posted..Puppy Love! Our Puppy Journey Comes to a Happy Ending.

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Danielle. I’ve been lucky up until now myself – the only injuries I have sustained up until now are inflamed sesamoid bones in my feet as well as a fractured finger and toe. Completely rupturing a ligament is unknown territory for me – fingers crossed it will all go well from here on in.

  4. Oh my goodness- you poor thing! I hope you’re getting plenty of rest and have someone to help at home!
    Amy @ HandbagMafia recently posted..How to Debate Online Without Being a Jerk

    • Kirsty says:

      I’m lucky that Mum is around to help ferry the kids around during the week and that my husband is around on the weekends. I do have to admit that I’m enjoying a break from the school runs but I’d rather not have to inconvenience others to get that break…

  5. You are a trooper Kirsty! Not good that you need surgery but if that is what is needed than thank goodness for surgeons and their expertise! Good luck and yep blog the shit out of it all! lol 😉 xo
    Min@WriteoftheMiddle recently posted..Problogger Event 2015: Orientation and Networking

  6. Trish says:

    ouch ouch and I hope you have a swift recovery and are back on your feet in no time.
    Trish recently posted..Cancer is a Bitch 4 – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Trish. I’m more bummed that I can’t keep my running up – I’d even had a crack at my local parkrun a few days before my injury. Fingers crossed all goes well and I’ll be back to walking and jogging by Christmas!

  7. I really feel for you, because I know what it’s like to have dodgy knees. I’ve dislocated my right knee three times – these days I faithfully do my exercises (squats) every day to strenthen the ligaments that hold the kneecap in place, because if it happens again, it’ll be surgery for sure. Wishing you all the best for your upcoming surgery, what a sh!tty year you’ve had 🙁
    Janet aka Middle Aged Mama recently posted..The Very Scary Phone Bill

  8. Oh Kirsty, so sorry to read that you’ve had such a rotten time! I guess time and following doctors’ orders are the best thing.
    Bell has that colouring book, and we both love it a lot.
    Feel better hun x
    Lisa@RandomActsOfZen recently posted..Word Of The Day

    • Kirsty says:

      It’s a beautiful book. In fact I received a copy of it and of the Magical City colouring book for my birthday recently. Loving them and looking forward to colouring more as I begin my recovery in coming weeks!

  9. You poor thing…but on the positive side, you have definitely bought sexy back
    Natalie @ our parallel connection recently posted..Teaching children to fail

    • Kirsty says:

      You know, I should have sewn sequins on them for the “shine” theme at the Problogger networking event – I would have been sexy AND shiny!!!!

  10. Kathy says:

    You poor thing. And to have to walk around Problogger as well with your dodgy knee. Hope the surgery is smooth and you are spoiled and saved from housework until you get back on your feet (milk it).
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  11. Bet you’re glad you work from home though and don’t need to take a heap of sick leave.
    Toni @ Finding Myself Young recently posted..Its ok to leave your children and do things for yourself

  12. I saw a physio for some months last year for a dodgy knee. But I haven’t required surgery. My right knee in particular started to hurt after all my hiking and running. Turns out, I roll me feet inwards and so somehow, something or the other was rubbing the wrong way and with my weak joints, I wasn’t doing my knee any favours. The physio poked me a fair few times but that with exercises helped a great deal. In fact, after hiking for 7 days in Tassie in December, it didn’t hurt at all! Good luck with it all and hope the surgery goes well. Fingers crossed you’ll be back on court in time for the Australian Open
    Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life recently posted..Brighten up with Fresh Flowers

  13. Emily says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: HUGS! Didn’t tell you because I didn’t want to focus on KNEES, but I’ve torn my PCL before (right knee). It was horrible, agonising pain. And then it wasn’t. Just like you said. There were four injuries on the netball court that night and I remember offering the crutches to someone else because they seemed worse off. Turns out my injury was FAR worse. And that was just before becoming pregnant too, so physio exercises never really happened! (Unfortunately crouching over the toilet to vomit up the entire contents of my stomach didn’t count.)
    More HUGS. xx
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    • Kirsty says:

      I’ll take all your hugs Em! Probably best you didn’t talk to me about knees at pbevent – I really was in a state of complete denial. Still am in some ways. Was up at some ungodly hour of the night suddenly panicked by the whole idea of surgery. But it has to happen. Glad you’ve recovered even if crouching to vomit didn’t count as physio – meanwhile I’m having to do these bum crunch things to try to preserve the muscle in my right thigh – nearly as sexy as my white compression socks!!!

  14. Ouch you poor thing! I had to have my meniscus removed from my knee following an accident and that was bad enough. But ACL is tough!! Wishing you all the best for as smooth a recovery process as possible! Jump on the rehab as soon as you can- they delayed my rehab by 5 weeks following my operation and it was a killer! x
    Sasha @ From the Left Field recently posted..The Walking Heart

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks for that tip Sasha. Ouch about having your meniscus removed – did they have to replace it or are you just without it now? I had no idea how complicated knees were before I stuffed mine up. They are very delicate and intricate things – I will never take it for granted again!

  15. Helen K says:

    Oh Kirsty! Sounds terrible (but it does sound as though you are looking on the bright side – and yes, lots of material to blog about!)
    Helen K recently posted..Gone

    • Kirsty says:

      You have to look on the bright or you’d go mad. This year has been a very hard one for me so far – the only thing I could do when this came on top of everything else was to change my view and instead of focusing on the negative, look for the positive. Having said that, the end of 2015 can’t come quick enough for me now!!!!

  16. Hope it’s quickly fixed and recovery is even quicker!
    Lydia C. Lee recently posted..Social September – disconnect to reconnect

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Lydia. The fix is reasonably quick but full recovery will take a year. But I will be able to slowly build up to more exercise so I will try to focus on what I can do, not what I can’t x

  17. Noooo!!! Sounds pretty crapola Kristy! Boo. I so would have done nearly anything to get to Problogger, dodgy knee and all and I’m glad you made it. Good luck with your recovery. Sounds like some care and patience is going to be required x
    Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad recently posted..Healesville Lounging

    • Kirsty says:

      It is crapola but it’s fixable so I’m going to be positive and concentrate on that! Probably should be using my waiting time now to practice my patience though – not the most patient person in the universe so I think the next few months are going to be quite the challenge for me!

  18. Oh no! It sure looked painful! I have no tips for you except maybe drink wine. 😉 Hope you recover fast through rehab.
    Karin @ Calm to Conniption recently posted..The Ultimate Rabbit Hole #32: Still recovering!

  19. Kirsty, Oh no!! What a shocker.
    I had to have an MRI a few years ago and let me tell you I would be more afraid of having to get in that machine again than any surgery. (massive claustrophobic here) I just started sweating thinking about it.

    I hope you get surgery soon and you can start recovering. So glad you went to Pro Blogger anyway. I am sure the crutches would have provided loads of talking points. Haha.

    Thanks so much for linking up with me. Bron x
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