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Well, the results are in

The doc had good news and bad news.

The good news is no damage to any of the ligaments (some old damage to my ACL, but unrelated to my current situation).

The bad news is, I have a torn meniscus.

I currently am scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on the 14th of May.

Which is good. The quicker I get this over with, the quicker I can get back to doing stuff. Plus, with wishweaver going to New Mexico for a school for eight weeks starting late June, I should have just enough time to complete my recovery phase before she takes off.

So, it the words of the immortal bard, "It coulda been a lot woise." *grin*

I have to get my pre-op physical done, some blood work done and an EKG before the 14th.

Oh, the other good/bad thing is I will be missing at least a week of work. The good thing - I have no excuse not to use a lot of that time toward finishing Steel on Target and trying to work off the backlog of Anime DVD's I have. The bad thing is, I can't go on short term disability until I use 40 hours of leave, so if I only miss a week of work, it comes out of my leave pile. If I miss more than a week, I still lose the first 40 hours, but then short-term covers any other days I miss.

Based on this, I've canceled my appearance at Marcon. The doc wasn't 100% sure I'd be ready to take an eight-hour drive that soon, much less stand up and/or deal with conventioneers for an entire weekend.

I'm also canceling my trip to Seattle for the AUSKF Summer Camp. The doc says in a week or two after surgery, I should be able to attend practice and work on the kata since they're nice and slow, but I won't be up for getting into armor and pushing the leg for at least six weeks. Technically, Summer Camp would be after the recovery period, but attending something that intense so soon after this kind of layoff is just asking to re-aggravate something. So, maybe next year. (Darn, I sound like a Cubs fan *grin*)

And that's where we stand.

Comments

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stargatedragon
May. 6th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
the pre-op is always the most annoying stuff, from my experience.

but don't be a wuss and pass up on the drugs!!!

:)
nightwolfwriter
May. 6th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
Hell, no, I'll be takin' all the drugs they offer me.

It's outpatient surgery, so luckily I avoid general anesthesia, but I expect most of Friday is going to be a blur.
stargatedragon
May. 6th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
if I may offer a thought - plenty of orange/apple juice. Easy on the throat and you can't get too much Vitamin C!

... and if you fall asleep, all it does is get warm. Cold tea/coffee sucks!

;)
nightwolfwriter
May. 6th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
Lord knows I've hyper-focused a few times when writing to find a perfectly good cup of coffee ice cold.

Course, I drink it anyway . . . otherwise, that'd be coffee-abuse.

*grin*
queenoftheskies
May. 6th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the diagnosis. Wishing you well with your surgery.

I hope you won't be in pain and can enjoy your time off!
nightwolfwriter
May. 6th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
Like I said, I'm hoping for lots of writing time, watching anime and maybe sneaking in a little Dragon Age: Awakenings. But, mostly writing.
jake67jake
May. 6th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
And that's where we stand.

No pun intended???

True, it could have been a lot worse, but still... owch. The main thing w/the knee is to get into rehab and survive it w/o re-injuring.

Good luck... keep us posted.
nightwolfwriter
May. 6th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm actually more worried about any possible PT than I am the surgery. Those PT nurses can be scary. *grin*
kltownsend
May. 9th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
Good luck on the surgery!

Oh and Rurouni Kenshin icon. Much love.
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