I completely feel like I am waking from a bad case of deja vu. After about a month of knee pain on the same leg and no response to physical therapy, it looks like I am going under the knife....again for a second time next Friday.
This time I have a different doctor and will be having a different type of arthroscopic surgery to be done. I will be having a procedure called a lateral release, which will be different than the last surgery where they just took out the affected synovial lining and waited for it to grow back. The last surgery was doing great unless the tissue grew back.The goal will be to get my patella on the right track instead of being slightly tilted.
Another difference compared to the last surgery is that I will not be able to quickly bounce back as fast as I want to. My running season is DONE for the most of 2011. I will not be able to kick it up a bit until the beginning of 2012. The rehab alone will be at least 4 months or longer. I am completely fine with it. My goal for this year will be get back on the bike without pain. I will be doing a lot of swimming and pool walking in the summer after I am cleared to get back in the water. I also plan to do a lot of volunteering this year instead of participating this year. It will be a great way to get some experience on my resume and use it for when I apply for PhD programs in the fall. I also look forward to cheering Josh on with his own race season, which is still in the works.
I will appreciate running more after all of this is done. I definitely don't take it for granted anymore.