ACL: Anterior cruciate ligament
Meniscus: A rubbery disk that cushions the knee
Physical rehabilitation after ACL surgery may take several months to a year. The length of time until you can return to normal activities or sports is different for every person. It may range from 4 to 6 months.
Three weeks ago my husband had knee surgery to repair both his torn ACL as well as a torn meniscus in the same knee. We had known since the beginning of the summer that he needed this surgery and we chose to postpone it to a *better time* when we thought there would be less going on in our lives.
For three weeks I’ve felt like a single mom. I’ve taken care of everything my two children need, while trying to help my husband. At this point he is more mobile than he initially was but is still on crutches, still in pain and spends most of his time sitting on the couch.
When I tell you I have never been more tired in my life – I’m not exaggerating. I do not run some days simply because I know that I will need every ounce of energy I have just to make it through the day. I’ve been going to bed at 8:30 almost every night, not by choice but because I simply can not keep my eyes open a minute longer.
My body at 8 months pregnant is not happy with me.
I have learned that I am stronger than I know. I’m in survival mode. This is my marathon. I can and will conquer it.
Does this mean I haven’t broken down? That I haven’t cried and told my husband I’m at my breaking point? That I don’t look at him on the couch and wonder if knee surgery would be better than taking care of him, two kids and my pregnant self? Yes I do and I have.
I’m proud to say however that at 8 months pregnant – 32 weeks – I’m still running. It may be sporadic, it may be slow, but I’m still out there, even if I haven’t had much time to talk about it.