Update from @wealthandfitness - admin of gym memes ✍️ this is me now, 8 weeks post meniscectomy.
if you’re up to speed, skip through to the next paragraph. in case you aren’t, i suffered a traumatic b**w to my left leg during a soccer game. what resulted was a torn acl, a torn mcl, and a severely torn and flipped meniscus (80% of my medial meniscus was removed).
the first thing i did was scour the internet hoping for advice, a timeline, or checkpoints from others who’d endured similar injuries, who could shed light on the process and the resulting outcome. did they regain 100% functional movement? can they return back to the sports they love?! i became obsessed with the outcome because all i craved was normality. and i’m assuming, if you’re reading this, i’ve either done a great job engaging you through text, or chances are, you’re someone just like me (in which case, hello 👋).
will my knee ever be the same? no. have i regained 100% function. yes. will i be able to pivot and load up the knee through 100% functional range. something we’re working towards (but just quietly, it’s a yes from future self! 🙋♂️)
here’s some anecdotal notes i thought i’d share that might add some value if you’re facing similar adversities:
1. going through a debilitating injury is just that. it’s debilitating. it’s not the end of the world. but that’s all relative. nobody can tell you how you’re meant to feel after an injury. that’s on you. but, everything you’re feeling is normal (especially if you’re a hyperactive individual). don’t worry, it gets better 💪
2. find yourself a great physio. a physio will keep you accountable. they’ll be the guide that’ll nurture you through the process 🏥
3. do the work. guidance without execution is useless. the only way to regain 100% functional strength is stay true to the exercises at hand 🏋️♂️
4. can’t play the sport you used to enjoy? focus your additional energy into other facets of your life. you’re a detriment to yourself when your thoughts are consumed by negative outcomes. keep that glass half full and you’ll notice a spring in your step as you work to regain what’s rightfully yours 🏃♂️ #leaveyourmark