Kayaking in front of Shoup Glacier outside of Valdez.
OK, if I'm able to kayak 16 miles and hike about in Alaska (with a side trip to perform with the Kingikmiut Dancers at the Alaska Native Heritage Center) then I think I'm done with blogging about my torn ACL, the surgery, the rehab, the physical therapy and all the rest. My knee fared pretty well during the trip. I did need to take ibuprofen regularly but it was fine.
I saw my surgeon yesterday. He said the ligament is strong but my quads are still weak. He said I have to get on rebuilding my muscles if I want to go skiing this winter. He also said that I probably caused some irritation with all the activity but it wouldn't have been so bad if I had been stronger! So I went right out and joined a gym. I did a good work out yesterday and didn't hate it (so much).
Good luck to all the newbie ACL reconstruction patients! Choose the best surgeon you can, find a physical therapist you like, and do the exercises. It will all work out. If I can do it, you can do it.
I MADE IT -- HIP, HIP, HOORAY!