Healing well apparently
by, 04-03-2012 at 10:02 PM (496 Views)
Yesterday, 9 days after the back knee dislocation fiasco, was my orthopedics follow-up. On the way over there, I convinced myself that the good doctor was going to tell me I could not fence anymore. I was terrified.
If you ride SEPTA long enough, you realize you're either 20 minutes early or 20 minutes late for everything. I opted for 20 minutes early (8:00am). Signed in and settled down for what I figured would be a while reading ("Count Zero" by William Gibson).
Sooner than expected, I'm following a nurse/orderly to an exam room. He asks me how I dislocated my kneecap.
"You mean like fencing?" making what I assume is the hand gesture every non-fencer makes upon learning the person they are talking to fences.
"Yep. This is what happens when you jump back wrong."
The doc got in to see me pretty quickly. Actually there were 4 of them. They all examined my knee, looked at the x-rays taken at the ER, and watched as I bent it as far as I could without pain. It wasn't very far. Dr. Hume then sat down and told me that it looked good and was healing normally. I won't need surgery. I'll need to wear the immobilizer until at least my first PT appointment though, and he told me to pick up a brace I can use for fencing.
I asked him when I could fence again.
"2 weeks probably. A bit more a bit less."
"Thank you Dr. Hume."
Found a place to do PT pretty close to where I work, and my first session is Friday.
If the doc's prognosis is correct, I may be able to fence the Summer Nationals qualifier. No un-hatched chicken counting going on, but something to work towards.
Looking forward to tomorrow's lesson. I wonder how much I've forgotten. I've been trying to do bladework as much as I can, but it just doesn't feel the same when I'm not standing up. Been watching a ton of foil bouts on the Youtube for inspiration.
But still.... I need to hit something.