September 7, 2016 is a date that will have repercussions for a long time to come. I was playing a soccer game in the adult soccer league that I have been a participant in for multiple seasons. During a routine corner kick a unique and life changing accident occurred. A player on the opposing team fell onto my knee and I immediately knew it wasn’t good.
POP!!! I immediately heard and felt it as I hit the ground. I rolled over and my teammates knew something was wrong. I tried to get up and hobble off but I could not put any weight on it at all. I needed to put my arms around two people just to get me to the bench on the sidelines. I went to the hospital and x-rays could only show there was no break.
After multiple other doctor visits, an MRI and what seemed like forever, it was only 8 days, I was told the bad news. I had dislocated my patella. I was happy that it wasn’t the ACL, MCL, PCL, or a full knee dislocation but this still wasn’t good. I was signed up for Ironman Louisville in less than a month and I knew I had no way of participating. I could not have surgery until Halloween and have been rehabbing my injury ever since.
The journey since the injury has been an eye opening one. I am now on the road to recovery and am able to swim and bike without any pain. But my down time has taught me more about exercise, endurance sports and life than swimming, biking or running has. I will continue to share those lessons throughout my healing process.
As I have begun to feel that I am getting back to my normal self I thought it was time to reinvigorate this site and I am glad to be back.