(Hiking the Akinase Ridge in the Mohave Desert in Utah, I huffed and puffed as I climbed 1200 feet up into the ridge but Nothing happened to my knees or joints. Oh, yeah, I did get some big blisters. Blah!)
August 30, 2016 I went to the ocean to enjoy the last weekend of August at one of the best beaches I know. I’ve done it dozens and dozens and dozens of times over my life. I’ve cut my feet on shells, razor clams and the like to no big concern. This time while exiting the rough water, there were five feet waves and rip tides due to the Tropical Storm down south, I was feeling hesitant. No one really swims at the ocean, you body surf or bob up and down in the waves just off shore. I’ve walked, jogged and ran over sand many times over my life with no consequence. This time however, I was left stupefied by the Popping sound heard coming from my left knee. Was that my knee I said out loud? What was that? Like a champagne cork but no bubbly to be seen. I stood staring at my knee and turned left just to get walloped by an incoming wave. That wave knocked me over!
A woman nearby came running over to me and asked if I was okay? No, I said. I heard my knee pop and was afraid to move. Her daughter was bobbing up and down in the waves happily and carefree. She said ice it when I get home. I did get out of the water and another beach goer said to me, “I saw what happened are you okay?” No, I heard my left knee pop but I can walk on it and there’s no pain. “Use ice a lot,” said the stranger. It felt weird but I could walk on it. Took all my beach gear and went back across the wide sand to my car. No, happy hour and last band of the summer for me!
The next day my knee was blown up swollen and couldn’t walk on it or bend it. Ugh!! What followed was even worse. I couldn’t find a doctor, Orthopedist who took my New York Health Market insurance plan. Or, the doctor did but was on vacation or booked. I ended up at the ER the next day. With an x-ray it confirmed moderate swelling.Really? I had no bones broken and the ER doctor pulled my calf and bent my leg and pulled on it. He thought my ligaments were strong. However, I told him of the Wiggly feeling I had and screamed when I felt my knee going sideways. I left with gifts! Crutches and the Immobilizer! So, I left in a wheelchair with crutches and a brace that will not let my knee bend!
Hence immobilizer. They said the POP was most likely a Meniscus tear and several internet searches yielded the same conclusion. Just got an MRI today and I have a visit with Orthopedist this Friday so will find out the results then. Until then, every step I take, is planned, short and careful. Do you know how many steps it is back and forth in your bedroom to get ready in the morning for the day? Seriously, more than I ever gave a thought to.