MY SMILE IS SO BIG RIGHT NOW!! I'M SO THANKFUL, GOD IS SO GOOD!!
It's been 4 months (goodness gracious!) since my knee was surgically repaired. Praise Him! When I think about it, I'm in disbelief. Wow! I've come so far!
I saw Dr. Klootwyk today, the best ortho ever! I was really looking forward to seeing him. Our visits are once a month now. I've been killing my rehab. My assignment from our last visit was to increase my range of motion and strengthen my quad. I've been on it! My tendon has healed. My knee feels great. Going into my 4 month visit, I felt like I was ready to take the next step. My knee is getting stronger and every day is lil easier. I'm starting to acknowledge Shy-Knee-Qua as a normal, capable knee. I just had a feeling this was gonna be a great visit. Progress, baby, one step at a time!
So Dr. K asks me, "How do you feel?" I'm like, "Great doc, what's next? I'm ready for the next step." He said after talking to my PT, Mark, both of them agreed that I'm healing awesomely. My scar looks great (relatively speaking) and my quad muscle definition is returning. So Dr. K says, "OK, get after it." Um...excuse me, what?! Get after what? He told me to go play some 1 on 1 and 2 on 2, just ease into it. I don't think I heard him correctly. I couldn't control my excitement and my smile. I tried so hard to be serious...lol! Y'all know I have a difficult time being serious...ha! I was like wait doc I've been straight walking for 4 months and now you tell me to just go play some 1 on 1?? The most I've done was, you know, a lil shooting around, spin the ball to myself and heal-toe some 15 footers. I go hard on the elliptical and bike, but that's about it besides my normal lift and rehab. I've been so cautious because they were so strict with my limits while my tendon was healing. I remember asking Mark when I was gonna be able to run again. He told me that running would be one of the last things I do. So, you can imagine my confusion when Doc told me to get after it. Doc explained that he wants me to do all my running on the court. My knee doesnt need the unnecessary running and pounding, esp with my history of tendonitis. (Which, for the record, has always been my argument to former coaches when we were ordered to run in practice, unnecessarily...lol! I told you so! :-P )
So, Doc released me to the court you guys!!!!!!!! That's the awesomely, fantastic, best, God is bomb news that I had to tell you!!!
I'm not gonna dive in, though. My mental won't let me anyway. I didnt know I could run until Dr. K told me...lol! When I came home from my appointment, I wanted to see if Doc was right so...I jogged around my living room...bahahaha! Yeah, and...we filmed it! If felt good! Yall, the last time I ran was 4 months ago. I'm just gonna go back to 6th grade and ease back into it. I'm so excited to get started. What are the odds that the gym I go to is redoing their bball court floors?? I definitely shed a tear today, a happy tear. Four months ago Doc told me that I ruptured my patella tendon and my season was over. Today he told me that I can get back on the court and start practicing again! Maybe in a month I'll be playing full contact pick up! (fist pump) Out of all the days that you wait for in life, 16th bday, HS graduation, 21st bday, wedding day, 1st child day, this day is one that I have been patiently waiting for. I'm so blessed and thankful to be where I am today. I definitely remember my surgery...oh and then my 2nd surgery to remove my cable. I remember when I couldn't even lift my leg. I'll never forget this experience, I mean how could I? I think I've been rehabbing mentally this whole time but now the true test begins. I can't worry about what happened to my knee. My knee feels brand new and it is healthy and strong! I'm not injured anymore. I'm looking forward to this process of getting better! I'm just striving for improvement everyday.
**It's my Burfday!!!**
We all know this is August, the best month ever! Why? Well, I was born in August, of course! (spoken like the true Leo that I am) My birthday was August 9th! (also doubles as a Nat'l holiday) I'm 27 years old! You know when you're younger you think, "I never want to get old." Now that I'm "seasoned" and "mature" (lol) I realize that it's not about growing old, it's about being here! I'm so thankful and blessed to be alive and well! I want to thank my beloved family and friends for making my bday spectacular!! I received so much LOVE! For those that don't know, I celebrate my bday all month and I accept gifts all month! I'm having a bday party next weekend that I'm super excited for! I hope that every person that I've ever encountered will come celebrate and have a fab time!
I love yall!