Friday, April 3, 2009

My poor knee

No real IF updates for the moment - the progesterone probably hasn't had a chance to take effect. It is kinda messy, but I'm only taking it at night, so that's a huge benefit.

I saw the doctor for my knee this morning. I already know that I have a completely torn ACL from my previous injury, and so my knee is really unstable. I was told at that time that I didn't have to have reconstructive surgery, but this latest incident has shown me that not having the surgery could have consequences.

Luckily, this time I only injured my MCL, another ligament that almost always heals on its own. I have to wear a knee brace for 4 weeks and I can't go running or hiking, which is disappointing. But the scary thing is that the doctor said this type of thing could easily happen to me any time again in the future, and next time I might not be so lucky. Next time, I could seriously damage another part of my knee, which could be problematic in itself, and all the damage could also eventually lead to arthritis.

I'm sitting here in my knee brace contemplating my options. I wish I had the surgery two years ago when this first happened. By the time I recovered from the injury, I wasn't ready for another long rehabilitation after surgery, and then we started ttc, so I was confident that I would repair it after my pregnancy. Now here I am two years later with another injury and no pregnancy in sight. I have no idea how pregnancy will affect surgery, nor how having a baby or a toddler would impact my options. I don't even know how to consider my options because of the constant possibility, no matter how small, of pregnancy.

Will carrying extra weight during pregnancy cause more knee problems? But would scheduling a surgery become a problem if I were to find out I was pregnant? Can they even do knee surgery while you're pregnant? Should we stop ttc? I'm confused and frustrated.

So in sum - I'm happy I have no real damage and in 4 weeks I will be, not as good as new, but as good as I was 5 weeks ago. Then I'll have to make some decisions concerning the combination of knee injury, surgery, and ttc.


  1. That is a tough one. I do hope you get pregnant this cycle, but at least if you're not the bright side can be you can get your knee fixed?

  2. I'm glad it wasn't more serious, sorry about the brace though. UHG that's no fun. I don't know the answers to any of your questions, but I would ask your doctor. I had mentioned that my friend;s doctor recommended rehab, is that another possibility? Have a great weekend. Have your husband treat you like the princess you are. Take this weekend to be pampered.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts!