Johnny [Life & Code]

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ACL Reconstruction recovery journal

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Tore my ACL while playing badminton. An awesome jump, delivered a smash at a impressive angle. On landing I slipped twisting my ankle and entire weight of my body fell on the right knee. After 15 minutes I was walking out of the club with the idea of a 10k ride (cycle) back home. Probably I was high on adrenaline/endorphins. But as soon as walked 20 meters, I couldn’t take another step.

Friends helped me out. Few days later a MRI confirmed the ACL tear. Sought opinions from 3 surgeons. A day later I was scheduled for ACL Reconstruction.

Day 0 : Wheeled into surgery. Got shots of anaesthesia in my spine. 5 minutes into the procedure I started feeling my knee again. Then some new shots to my neck and i’m out for next 4 hours. Woke up in recovery room. Crying with pain in my thigh and knee.

Day 1 : High fever. Unable to move my leg. Felt like a dead log.

Day 2 : Realised that morphine (a better refined form .. Fentanyl ?) is being pumped in to me 24 hours.

Day 3: Fever continues. Unable to therapy. But was on CPM.

Day 5 : First time moved around 10 meters (felt like 5 km) to physio rehab. Was able to walk holding support ramps. Did some weight excercises. Morale boost.

Day 6 : Fever started fading.

Day 7 : Discharged from hospital. Realized I lost so much muscle mass. Right leg is very lean.

Day 8 : Woke up at brother’s place. Good food. Ate like a hungry pig.

Day 11 : Regained some strength in the thighs. Able to move around confidently with support.

Day 16 : Moved back to my own place.

Day 17 : Afraid to bend my knee. Looks like I’m resisting to bend the knee.

Day 18 : Able to sit with around 90 degree bend in my knee. Noticed some muscle development.

Day 19 : 90 Degrees knee bending 😀

Day 21 : Mental battle is tougher than actually bending the knee.

Day 22 : Walking without support (crutches). Yay!

Able to handle stairs without support.

Day 25 : 95 – 100 Degrees. Moving to Squat exercises.

Started riding on a stationary bike. Able to walk  small distance with little limp.

Day 31 : 115 Degrees. Knee feels stronger.

Day NN : Recovery still continuing. Yet to build muscles. And regain those remaining degrees. But I’m confident now that i would be back to 110% in few months (yeah .. months!).

I should confess that I’m not a very fit athlete. I’m just a ordinary clumsy guy who started playing a bit. So this is my recovery timeline. Rehab is the tough part. Painful and needs a good amount of will power to keep doing it. It is going to take a long time to get back to my running (hopefully a marathon!). Can’t wait to get back on my bike (cycle).

One thing I kept remembering was this “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever” (Lance Armstrong). In this case it is literally true.

Notes :

  • Do research. Learn about the injury and the procedure before you go in. Helps a lot. Realize that you have options on the graft being used.
  • Ice is the best pain management you got. I personally don’t like pain killers.
  • Most of the online materials on this subject give times lines for fit athletes. So don’t get discouraged if you are not. Keep at it.
  • Mail from nice people at Bangalore Bikers Club

Misc :

  • Fun when you are on a stretcher and pushed around. Profound 🙂
  • Scary part was not the surgery, but the catheter in my arm. Got over it after a day.
  • Enjoyed the royal treatment. People always around you. don’t have to do anything. Everything is there as soon as you think about it!
  • I was without a laptop for about 15 days.
  • Long phone calls from stoned friends. 😉
(Would try to add more information and keep this post updated ..)

Written by Johnny

November 8, 2009 at 6:13 am

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  1. Eat well, (take more proteins) and take rest 🙂

    Roshan Singh

    November 8, 2009 at 7:49 am

    • Rest .. Not really. I got to workout. Otherwise I would be loosing mobility 🙂

      Johnny

      November 8, 2009 at 2:33 pm

  2. Wooo! That was one strong recovery. Soon get back on the wheels and the Badminton court 🙂 15days without laptop, incredible achievement.

    Vijesh

    November 8, 2009 at 6:09 pm

  3. Man oh man. Take care of yourself.

    Joe Steeve

    January 6, 2010 at 5:59 pm

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    Kate Swenson

    February 23, 2011 at 1:04 am

  6. Hello Johny,
    Not sure you are still reading this chain…I am also from bangalore and a regular badminton player. But torn my ACL while playing football and did reconstruction surgery 6 weeks back. Now just moved out of crutches. Are you still playing and riding your bike?

    Noble

    May 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    • Hi Noble, Yes I’m able to ride my bike and run a little bit. But I’m not able to play – Mostly a mental block. 🙂

      Johnny

      May 17, 2012 at 12:36 am

  7. Te beginning of your journey sounded tough! Im on my 5th day of recovery, so far so good but very difficult with two very young kids :((

    polishmommy

    February 4, 2013 at 6:21 pm


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