Friday, June 25, 2010

exhale static

I Exhale my air like a a seal and sink to the bottom of the pool,
Completely relaxed I let the water surround my conscience,
I become one with the water.
and the world fades from existence...

Slowly the co2 rises in my system
my diaphragm start to flicker...
slowly but surely the flutters become stronger
and are born into full on contractions.
It feels like a giant is punching my stomach,
I try to relax and close my mind from my body.
A hot electric feeling is building up in my groin
in a few seconds it spreads like lightening throughout my body...
I can bear it no more!
slowly I turn around and head towards the surface.
back into the land of air I am careful not to take a big gulp.
Instead I sip on the air and hold it for a split second,
like I am enjoying hot cider on a cold christmas day.
euphoria washes over my body and the pain is forgotten.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

15 days into my recovery, Torn MCL

Its Been a little while since my injury, 15 days to be exact and things are going pretty well.

First I have to give MANY THANKS to Brittany, she has been giving me rides to work, picked up food and been there whenever I needed help.

Here is a short recap of the last 15 days.

Me at the ER

Day after:
I got out of the ER around 2AM with directions to go to Orthopedics before the weekend was over and to schedule an MRI. I woke up promptly at 6am to get this done. After A few phone calls and being told that I would not be seen till mid june, I knew this was going to be an arduous process.
We went to the ER first to see if they could schedule the mri. Since they couldn't I headed over to the adult medicine and explained my situation. Luckly my normal physician was in and was able to see me on an emergency appointment. I ended up seeing her intern instead who felt the need to bend my leg in every direction until the pain firmly convinced him of injury. Both of the Dr's felt it was severe enough to schedule an asap appointment with Ortho.
By 1pm I was in the ortho room reviewing my MRI's

The synopsis was a complete tear in my MCL and a partial tear in my meniscus.

Day 2-4
Being a holiday I was off work and did absolutely nothing. It hurt to move, It hurt not to move, it hurt being in the cast, it hurt to sleep. I couldn't even lift my heal off the floor. Even still I knew I had to retain my mobility in the leg so I would bend it 4 times a day.

YOu can see that its pretty swollen. The Bruising was pretty bad too. Starting from an inch above the back of my knee and wraps all the way down to the bottom of my shin. If I touch anywhere its bruised or swollen it feels like tiny little needles. Almost like if your arm falls asleep.

knowing im am going to be out for a while I decided to buy a cello. I bought it from CK violins and was very impressed by the costumer service.

I was also able to get him to throw in this pimp yellow case.


wednesday was my first day to work and it sucked. I was not ready at all. It was still nearly impossible to climb into Brits truck. And was pretty pointless in the office.
Thursday I had a follow up With Dr. Chin. He decided that we would take a conservative approach on the recovery and forgo the surgery.

I also got a cool new knee brace.

Friday was a long day at work waiting for the safety brief. By the time I got home I was grumpy from the pain. But my mobility is increasing a lot. Swellings going down and I can support a decent amount of weight on my leg when I pee. Moving my knee has become less painful and I continue to work its mobility 4 times a day.

Day 12
I start hobbling which eventually turns to a limp which I control to look more like a walk. Im not sure if this is ok or not so I am very conservative on how often I do walk. Although I'm not to inclined to walk much. Even the five steps to my bathroom looks like a very far distance. Although I did start to notice a pain in my lower knee when I try straighten it all the way, almost like my bones are touching.

My only way to get to work was on my motorcycle. So I figured out how to strap on the crutches and went for it. The bending of the knee didn't hurt that much, but all the bumps in the road was not very comfortable.

Day 13
My first appointment with my Physical Therapist. He seemed pretty impressed with how far I could bend and straighten my leg. He measures the angles and I grit my teeth as pushes down to give me that extra degree or two. I was told no real strength training for another 3 weeks. But that I can do leg raises (with a completely straight leg, mobility exercises, and that I can start walking with my crutches. Now I know he said crutches but the reason why is because when you limp and compensate your weight you put stress on the abductors and outer hip muscles causing strain. So I took this as " as long as you don't limp its ok"

oh yah!... look at that knee bend

and here it is straight

day 14

I did some underwater statics with Paul today in the pool. He did normal breath hold statics and came up with a 3 min hold.
I did an FRC ( exhale your breath and then hold, its what dolphins do) and came up with a 2:49 hold.. overall im pleased that I could do any hold.
the weightlessness of the water feels pretty good.

Day 15
Here is an example of my workouts I've been doing.

My first real injury

THis actually happened three weeks ago. I was having a below average practice, and just putting skillz from the past month together. Even that was a a little difficult. My favorite trampoline is the one closest to the tumble track. Its soft with a forgiven recoil. I ended up throwing two half outs to full ins, but for some reason didn't get it on video. I wish I would have. In hindsight it was my hardest combo I would be doing for 6 months.
There are a couple elders that come in to flip every Tue & Thu. Usually they flip ( very well) for 30 min or so and then strap into the bungee. Since they are all well over 70 I respectfully moved over to the yellow tramp.
Every trampoline has its own character. This trampoline has a slight wobble that makes staying in the center hard. The bed is rigid, making you work a little for height but once there it keeps it well. The good side of this tramp is that I can attach my camera on the spotter belt and hang it above the trampoline for some "ever head" shots. When I'm on my game and have the camera on I love this tramp. Other days the wobble throws me off and it sucks. Thursday it was my enemy.
I was working on just the basic double to double. And then for some odd reason I decide to throw a super high timer. I like to do timers for fun Its almost like your flying when you hit your back you bounce up and everything is cool. I threw it WAY too high tho and started rotating to much over.. Sensing & seeing I was heading straight to my head and neck I made the decision to rotate it around. This should have been no problem I've landed on my knees a million gazilion times. But the stars where aligned and I twisted just right and the trampoline rebounded like it normally does and my knee popped out place, tearing my MCL and meniscus in the process.

Here is the video