I was playing football and just my cleats stuck in the turf and when I was pivoting, my knee gave. People said they heard the pop from across the field, you know? And it was one of those kind of deals, where it was…immediately I wasn’t even going to try to get up.
I had a friend, a family friend in the stands that took me to the hospital. And then I was seen by the family doctor and then by the orthopedic doctor.
So I decided to have surgery because I was very active. I had played sports my entire life and wanted to be able to play sports competitively again and the only way I was really going to be able to do that was to have the surgery.
The procedure was a combination of open surgery and orthoscopic surgery and they had four or five sites where they went in with the scope and I think they did all the meniscus stuff with the scope. The drilling through the bones and the graft and everything, they did open up for that.
When I woke up in the recovery room, I remember…I don’t remember the pain being bad initially. You know, I was kind of groggy.
I did do some physical therapy after the initial injury where I just really got my strength back and it was strengthening exercises and a lot of leg lifts and tightening the muscles and riding the exercise bike. Then as I got stronger, more weights and stuff just to get the full strength back.
Following the surgery, there were some limitations initially, but after a couple years of recovery, then I pretty much could do whatever I wanted. I think for three or four years, there was some sensitivity, you know. Kneeling down on it was very sensitive. Little things like that, but it wasn’t anything major that kept me from doing what I wanted.
Right now, the limitations that I have are day by day. Some days I feel great and there are no limitations, and some days, the tendonitis kicks in and it hurts so bad that I don’t really want to do anything.
At this point in my life, I’ve come to the realization that I can no longer do all these things that I want. That a lifetime full of contact sports has taken its toll and I can feel it. And I’ve decided not to play lacrosse anymore, I’ve decided not to play hockey anymore.
This has freed up some time for me to find other things and other ways to direct my need for sports and involve my wife more and now my son. We do pretty much everything together. We go climbing together, we go hiking together, and camping together and Evan’s even gone skiing on my chest. What else? He’s been mountain biking on the back on the bike. He does everything with us, so I still have that active lifestyle – it’s just less impact and the whole family’s involved so it’s been really a good thing.