When we last left off I mentioned that I had filled out my questionnaire for the Acute Knee Injury Clinic. This was at the end of the day on Friday so I knew I wouldn’t hear back from them until some time this week.
On Saturday it was time to get on my bike to see if I could spin easy in an attempt to flush my knee. For the first minute I could only go back and forth along the bottom but soon things started to ease up. First I was able to spin all the way around backwards then I was able to spin forwards. It was a quick 10 minutes but things started to feel better after this.
On Sunday it was to the pool where I alternated 200 m of pull and 200 m of pull with paddles for a 1600 m swim. All in all, a little spin and a positive swim and a decrease in swelling made for a good weekend.
On Monday I got an e-mail back from the Acute Knee Injury Clinic. My case was denied. Because I wasn’t able to say that my knee injury was the result of a traumatic event the questionnaire determined that I was not an ideal candidate. Argh, so now what?? I had pinned my hopes on the idea that the clinic might be able to tell me what is wrong so finding out that I wasn’t a candidate left me feeling pretty upset.
After taking some time for my pity party of one I needed to focus on the positive. The swelling has gone down significantly (although there is still some fluid on my knee). I can actually walk properly (a nice change from last Tuesday). I can swim. I can keep spending time on the bike. I’m seeing progress. Maybe I won’t be able to run the Police Half but truth be told I wasn’t super enthused about running it anyway. I can do upper body strength and some lower body Pilates exercises. This is a great time to focus on core work and nutrition.
All indications are that this is related to my medial meniscus still. Luckily I have an awesome physiotherapist on my side who wants to help me get back on the road safely. I’ll keep you posted!
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