A return to my blog?? I can understand your doubts. Obviously, much has happened in the last...um...two years since I posted. And maybe I'll get to catching up about some of that. But for now, I'm posting about my knee injury! Cause then I won't have to repeat myself quite as many times. :)
For those of you that haven’t heard the initial explanation, I injured my knee last Tuesday evening while playing softball. The weird thing was that we had an hour-long practice just before the game that evening, and I batted and fielded just fine; in fact, I felt quite pleased with my performance (hitting the ball to the fence multiple times), and I was looking forward to the game. So, game-time: We were up to bat first, and I batted third. On my first swing, I felt my right knee pop and it buckled under me. On the ground, I grabbed my leg and straightened it, and heard/felt things popping back into place. But I was out for the game, and I just iced it as I watched. Thursday morning, a knee doctor told me that none of the 4 main ligaments were torn, but beyond that, he didn’t know what was wrong. The X-ray showed that there might be some cartilage missing from the back of my kneecap. He ordered an MRI for a better look at the soft tissues.
Today, the doctor confirmed from the MRI that I did indeed gauge out some cartilage from the back of my kneecap (with my tibia, I think), and that I have two pieces of cartilage floating around in my knee. This happened when my kneecap dislocated to the outside of my knee. As it moved outside, I tore my medial patellofemoral ligament, which attaches the kneecap to the femur on the inside of the leg. I’ll go in for surgery on Monday and they’ll remove the loose pieces of cartilage from my knee (possibly put them back into place), and possibly reattach the ligament (or otherwise let it heal on its own).
If you would like to injure your knee in a similar fashion, I’ll show you how to twist your body in the right way!