First let me say sorry for not blogging in a while. Let me fill you in on what’s been going on since my last blog.
So I’m 10 weeks post-op! Praise Him! My knee feels great. I’ve been walking without my brace for about 3 weeks now. I’ve been working out around 4 or 5 times a week. I usually go to the gym to lift upper body 3 times a week and I rehab 2-4 times a week, I usually get them both in. If I don’t go to a facility to rehab, I just rehab at home on my own. I’ve gradually been working in some lower body exercises, I can feel my leg getting stronger everyday. I’ve gotten on the stair-master, and slowly on an elliptical. I’ve been climbing stairs one foot over the other. I can leg press (I was really proud of that!) All things that we just take for granted. I’ve started doing pool workouts, which I absolutely love! The water is so relaxing. The only thing about the water is that dang chlorine and my hair!!! Anywho, I’m gonna tell ya’ll, never underestimate the power and significance of your quad muscle. I’m just trying to get my quad stronger than ever. I’m trying to get back behind the wheel but that probably won’t happen for a lil while longer. I’m getting the cable removed from my knee on Wednesday! I can’t wait for this. When the doc repaired my knee, he placed a cable around my knee to ensure that it heals properly. It usually comes out around 2 months after surgery.
Wednesday...the cable is coming out today!!!!
I was soooooo ready to get this cable out. The cable limited my range of motion to about 90 degrees. I wasn’t completely thrilled about going under anesthesia again, but it is what it is. The procedure took about 30 minutes maybe less, idk, I was knocked out! lol! Doc let me keep my cable...lol! I don’t know what I will do with it. I just thought it would be cool to keep and I’m weird like that...ha! Anyway I’m not in any real pain. Just normal soreness from my incision, but I’m weight-bearing and I can walk if I need to. I’m hoping this isn’t the calm before the storm. This could get ugly if I’m on hospital meds and they wear off. I haven’t had to take any pain medication since I woke up from surgery...Yay! My knee actually feels better than ever, since it has been repaired. So, now that my cable is out my PT and I will start working on my range of motion and strengthening my quad, we’ll be hitting it hard. I will be able to get on the court and move around. He said it will still be a few weeks before I’ll start running. Docs and PTs are usually pretty aggressive in ruptured patella tendon rehab. I’m ready to go! I know it won’t be easy and sometimes I’m gonna hate it but I’m focused! All I can see is victory. I’m not hungry, I’m starving! I can wait to kill again! I’m excited for the future. Maybe this injury is what I needed to fall in love with basketball again. I thank God for that, it was already written. Before my injury, basketball had become a grind and a job. I think I took ball for granted. That’s hard to admit but it’s real. It’s a weird feeling. I’m almost ashamed to feel that way because basketball has been so good to me. I feel like I’ve underachieved in this league. I don’t think I’ve measured up to my potential. I’m my own worst critic. I owe basketball, I haven’t held up my end of the bargain. I’m excited for what’s next. My goal is to go overseas at the earliest, November and the latest, January.
Now I’m rambling...
I just wanna say that I am amazed at how many WNBA players that have had season ending injuries this year. Maybe it’s because I’m injured myself and I’m more aware. I’m more sensitive to other people’s injuries past, present, and future. I find myself thinking in retrospect, I really wish I would have checked on so and so a little more. As an injured athlete, who is in season, you kind of feel isolated. It’s like everyone is going on with their business and moving on and here I am stationary. Sometimes it feels as if you were easily forgotten. I try not to get caught up in those thoughts because that’s life. People are doing what they’re supposed to do and I should do the same, move on and get better.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Loree Moore, Candace Parker, Alana Beard, Candice Wiggins, Seimone Augustus (who just returned), and anyone else recovering from injuries. My apologies if I’ve left anyone out. Seimone motivates me, I’m so happy for her and her recovery. She is back in full force, that’s encouraging.
I’ve seen 1 game this summer so far. I don’t count that preseason game I went to. I went to a Fever game when they played the Storm. I debated going until 6:30p and the game was at 7:00p. It’s just been hard to watch. I’m glad I went though. I got to see my old team and kick it with some of my closest friends, so that was good for my spirit. So, now I think I can watch some more, especially now that I’m on my way to the court. Praise God for that! I kind of feel bad not watching. I’ve always kept up with the Sky, my good friends who are playing, and the goings on of the League.
I chopped my hair off!!! Not sure why. Now I’m constantly being mistaken for my mother...lol! I’m not sure how to process that. Yes, my mother is beautiful and I do look a lot like her, however, I’m not a middle aged woman (No offense Mommy :-) Although, I do hope to age as gracefully as you and all of the women in our family.
The day before my surgery I got some micro braids so I wouldn’t have to deal with my hair while I was parked in my bed. I guess I was in a mad rush when I was taking my braids out because I cut my hair doing so. So, when I went to my stylist I just told her to do her thing. Well, she chopped me...haha! The first day I was like ok I’m cool I got a cute lil pixie cut. The second day I was like OMGEEEEE, I’ve cut ALL of my hair off, I seriously freaked out. I’ve never, ever worn my hair this short before. Surprisingly enough, the pixie has grown on me and I love it! It’s a lil more high maintenance than one would think but I don’t mind primping ;-) I’m a trendsetter and fashionista so I’ll make it work!
Looking forward to Ustreaming and chatting sometime soon!
Thanks for sharing in my recovery and promise not to ever go that long without talking to yall again!!
“Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” -Unknown