I did not tear my meniscus (!!!)
I literally just got my MRI result and I am so, SO happy to report that I was wrong.
(I never claimed to be a good musculoskeletal diagnostician – it is as far from my professional field as one could possibly get.)
There was no acute tear or fracture. The report mentions soft tissue swelling and contusion and “medial meniscus degeneration” (which I suspect might just mean “You Are Old”?) but I will save that question for someone who actually nows, like the orthopedic surgeon I will still see on Wednesday. My knee is still not normal and I am not planning to run on it until it is more normal, but today was actually the first day I woke up with any improvement since the fall so . . . that is a very very good thing.
I almost regret posting yesterday because I feel like I misled people, but that’s the issue with a blog – it’s a snapshot of feelings at the moment one hits ‘post’. And everything I wrote yesterday felt 100% true in my heart at the time.
But this news does have me feeling so much more optimistic and hopeful. I still do not think I’ll run the December 10th marathon – I just don’t think it would be smart to aggressively ramp up training, and I don’t want to just ‘run’ my next marathon, I want to race it with a solid training cycle behind me and confidence that I would be doing things safely with an eye towards the long game.
I still plan on doing PT. I still plan on meeting with the therapist. I actually *do* think I would have done okay had the MRI shown something else – I had really prepared myself for a long road. AND I am also so, so happy maybe it won’t be as long as I thought.
Thank you to every single one of you who reached out and offered support, shared your own stories (some of them which made me tear up), and affirmed my commitment to being more cautious going forward. I truly appreciate it and it meant a lot.
PS: The news continues to be absolutely horrific and scary in multiple areas of the world so I just want to note that I know in the grand scheme of things my “problems” are so incredibly minor. While I felt sad I recognize this was no sob story and I am incredibly lucky whether my meniscus had been intact or not.
Best Laid Plans Ep #170: ReAIR
With the amount I had going on last week I decided it was time for a re-air, and I chose the How Sarah Plans Her Life ep, which is a broad overview of my planning systems inspired by a similar ep by Cal Newport.
Will be back with fresh content next week.
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