In my last post ( http://pete-tizard.blogspot.com/2012/02/pete-doesnt-run-london-marathon.html ) there was mention of a plan to see the old knee doctor - these last few weeks I have implemented and executed said plans.
Two weeks ago I had a MRI scan done on the other knee and after had an appointment with the knee doctor (only does surgery on knees, imagine the stories he has).
The knee doctor was a bit of a character. When I entered and remarked that I felt a bit of a fraud as I wasn't hobbling around on crutches or in a cast. He replied with a smirk that this only happened after the patients had seen him.
We caught up (training for the marathon, the knee, my blog, etc.) and then he started to look through my scans. He did get annoyed that I questioned whether he was looking at the correct scan (had a MRI scan done on the knee last summer). He informed me that he was able to tell the difference between the right and left knee.
The knee doctor was a sucker for suspense and liked to build this up when delivering my results. He left dramatic pauses and shut me down on several occasions when I would jump to the conclusion that I was fine. Eventually he delivered the results... (pause) ... (sip of tea) ... (long pause) ... I don't need surgery - Huzzah! He believes what happened was I originally had a hamstring injury and this altered the way I walked which caused a secondary injury resulting in patellar tendonitis (http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/patelladisorders/a/patellartendon.htm). I was recommended a treatment of physio over the next 2 - 3 months and not to run.
Last week I restarted my treatment with my physio and she wasn't happy that I hadn't kept up with her prescribed exercises. In my defence, they were pretty boring. I now have exercises which I have to do twice daily (takes about 20 minutes), they are very emasculating.
I am not yet allowed to go back to Pilates but can do low impact exercises at the gym - swimming, bike or cross trainer.
I will dedicate myself to getting the other knee (my favourite knee) back to health and am now thinking about potentially doing a marathon later in the year (September/October time). However, I realize patience and persistence is the key here and will not rush it.
The question that remains is when do I post next? Do I wait until I run again and write my joy about pounding the pavements once more? Keep you abreast with my progress with the physio? Inform you of the next injury I do to myself?
The first option sounds "right" and will happily wait to write that post. Until then, enjoy the week and I leave you with a song that inspired me to write this post (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN7Xs9WVNBU).
P.S. - I realize the knee was mentioned quite a bit, its always on my mind.