Here is the picture of the piece of glass that has been in my knee for 9 years. The doctors were shocked it was so big, and how it could stay in my knee without getting infected or causing too much damage. The recovery is going really well - off pain meds after 3 days, and walking without crutches 5 days after surgery.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
As most of you know, I had knee surgery 9 years ago when I lived in Kiev, Ukraine. I slipped on the ice, sliced my tendon, and had it sewn up. My knee has hurt on/off over the last 9 years, especially when playing sports or other serious activities. In August, the pain became pretty severe, and I had an X-ray and MRI done, and the doctors realized that there was something still in my knee, a foreign object that the Ukrainian doctors left in there.
I had surgery Friday morning, had great nurses and doctors, and as it turns out, there was a large piece of glass in knee. It is about the size of a guitar pick, and is clearly from a beer bottle that I must have landed on. This experience was considerably different than the surgery 9 years ago: 1) I had a gown to cover myself, 2) I had general anesthesia and was asleep, 3) doctors who were trained, 4) clean instruments and a room to myself, 5) I actually understood what they were saying!
Needless to say, the surgery went really well and I am recovering. I am going to take it easy for the next few days, but should be walking without crutches in a week or something. Hopefully my knee is all better from here on out. Enjoy the pics:
Emily Bobby and I flew to LA for a weekend retreat with Boston Consulting Group. We stayed at La Terranea Resort on the ocean, and had an amazing weekend. We had a suite that overlooked the ocean, and woke up Saturday morning and saw whales and dolphins swimming. Em and I went coastal fishing, and she caught the most of anyone else on the boat (out of like 40+ people). She caught 2 large red snappers and a smaller fish. I was only able to catch one red snapper - so it is clear that she is the one who brings home the bacon ... er fillet.
We had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed a great weekend!