Over the past week I’ve had a lot of time on my hands (or rather time spent on my butt).  With my knee being totally immobilized I pretty much spend my time in bed or in the big comfy chair in the living room, reading, writing, googling, doing lawyer work, backing projects on Kickstart (check these out — small batch chocolate, sealy caps, strong monkey bars (I really liked the name), Carianne Moore bag, micro fiber pocket squares, aloe water, burly bakers and potato salad), re-watching all of Ken Burns’ Civil War and playing on my iPhone.  I feel like I’ve gone from being very busy to being stuck in the mud.  I can’t even make a doctor’s appointment on my own because I need to be sure that I have some who can drive me to an from (“Mom, can you give me a ride to PT on Wednesday at 3 p.m. and then pick me up at 4 p.m., please?”).  I’ve regressed from being 33 to being 13.

In addition to begging for rides and company, I’ve spent way too much time on the inter webs googling.  A lot of my googling has involved search terms such as:

how long does it take to recover from knee lacerations?

when can you run after stitches are removed

knee collisions with guardrails

fear of biking after crashing

injury recovery stories happy endings

how many calories does a sedentary female need?

Mark Cavendish injury buddy

Knee laceration physical therapy

Partial rotator cuff tear

And on and on and on.  Mentally I’m in a tough spot.  The fastest way for me to get better is to do absolutely nothing.  Nothing.  Not even google pictures of what other people’s knees looked like after massive lacerations (note to others, this is not a good idea if you’re a bit squeamish, I regretted it once I did it).  Yet doing nothing seems so antithetical to who and what I am.  When there’s a problem, I triage it, develop a plan and attack.  I don’t sit back and let time take its course.  Something as simple as going to PT for an hour completely exhausts me.  Not a good sign.  So for now I’ve resigned myself to lots of sitting and laying and, on occasion, icing.  On Thursday I have an appointment with the doctor to see if the stitches can come out.  I’m hoping they can, but I am going to be okay if its another three or four days of letting the knee heel.  There will be plenty of time work, now its time to rest.

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Kelly Burns Gallagher

mccarter english employment litigator / oiselle team runner / coeur sports triathlete / sonic endurance coach & race director / witsup.com writer / dartmouth '02 / emorylaw '05

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Julia Weisbecker · July 9, 2014 at 11:48 am

Hey:) You know what i am going to say and likely your real PT has told you this. But the body has an INCREDIBLE ability to heal itself. It may not be on our busy calender but it will if you let it. So keep on doing what you are doing and TRUST that the knee will heal and subsequently your mind, which is a few days ahead of it, will follow suit.
Not meaning it will be easy but it will happen!
Sending you good thoughts Kelly!

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