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Friday, April 27, 2012

Adieu Knee Brace


I had a follow-up appointment with my doctor last Friday, roughly one month after knee surgery. He checked my range of motion and made sure that my new ACL had settled in and taken hold. He asked me to walk down the hall without my brace or crutches.

I had been practicing for this moment. I had been walking around with one or no crutches most of the week, getting used to the feeling of putting more weight on my right leg. As I hobbled down the hall, I felt a huge sense of accomplishment. But he called after me and said, "Stop limping." I scrunched up my face and started walking normally.

"You're still limping."

"Crap."

Despite my failure to not limp, my doctor did give me the good news that I could lose my knee brace. Hooray! I was more than ready to be done with my brace. After a month, it felt like a guest who had overstayed their welcome.

Don't get me wrong. My knee brace has some great qualities that I've come to appreciate:

1. Since it's a locked straight-leg brace, it has forced me to kick my feet up and relax which I don't do nearly enough.

2. I've always wanted to accessorize more.

3. It has forced me to work on my pistol squat form - right leg straight, squat down on the left.

4. It has provided an endless source of entertainment for my kids. "Mommy! You have a robot leg!!!!"

5. Most importantly, it has kept my knee safe.

Adieu knee brace. May we never cross paths again.


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17 Comments:

At April 27, 2012 at 12:27 AM , Blogger Alison@Mama Wants This said...

Thank goodness! So glad that's one more step up to full recovery!

 
At April 27, 2012 at 2:48 AM , Blogger Fun and Fit: Kymberly and Alexandra said...

I Sooooooo hear you after two knee surgeries for me, three for my hubster, and one for my daughter. Congrats on reaching this milestone! (Kymberly) http://funandfit.org/2012/04/push-ups-knees-to-toes/

 
At April 27, 2012 at 5:51 AM , Anonymous MizFit said...

SO SO SO SO GLAD TO HEAR!!

 
At April 27, 2012 at 6:32 AM , Blogger misszippy said...

Great progress! And I'm sure it comes with some anxiety, too. But you're ready, so make the most of it!

 
At April 27, 2012 at 7:32 AM , Anonymous Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

yay for progress!

 
At April 27, 2012 at 8:36 AM , Anonymous Kierston said...

Yay! Happy to hear about your progress! :)

 
At April 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM , Anonymous Jess said...

good riddance to that thing!! Yay!!

 
At April 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM , OpenID liverunloveyoga.com said...

Wohoo!! So happy to hear the good news!

 
At April 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM , Blogger Shell said...

Yay for being done with it!

 
At April 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM , Blogger Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl said...

Ya! Stop limping. how funny. sounds like you have a cool doctor. that's like the anesthesiologist telling me to quite whining. haha. Yay! I knew you would be on a quick road to recovery. :D

 
At April 27, 2012 at 12:31 PM , Anonymous Yellow Haired Girl said...

I've always wanted robot limbs! Jealous. This is such great news ... hurray for progress!

 
At April 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM , Blogger PavementRunner said...

Congrats, congrats and well wishes... although now you won't have that "robocop" or "terminator" look anymore. I like to imagine that when strangers asked you what happened, that you came up with a new story each time. Bungee jumping in the Grand Canyon. Rock Climbing in the Himalayas. Running a marathon backwards... you know, just to see a reaction.

 
At April 27, 2012 at 4:36 PM , Blogger Cotter Crunch said...

oh i bet you have aced that pistol sqaut! way to go. Youre getting there, stronger each day.

 
At April 27, 2012 at 4:38 PM , Blogger Jolene said...

Yay!!!! No more brace!! It must feel SO strange without it now, and the automatic limp you want to veer towards. I would too. I think you should have put puffy paint and glitter on it, personally ;-) Cheers to no more brace!!!

 
At April 28, 2012 at 5:00 AM , Blogger Christine said...

Thank you everyone for all your kind words!! It feels fantastic to not have to lug that thing around with me everywhere.

 
At April 28, 2012 at 10:25 AM , Anonymous Jadzia@Toddlerisms said...

Congratulations! But how will you tell the kids that you're no longer the "Bionic Woman"?

 
At April 29, 2012 at 2:29 PM , Anonymous tracy@sellabitmum said...

Love the chance to accessorize! lol

 

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