Take someone who is used to workouts six to seven days a week and make them non weight bearing for 6-8 weeks. Hello! Welcome to week three in the life of the osteochondral allograft patient. Emphasis on patient.
Three and a half weeks out from surgery and the biggest challenge has been getting my knee bent into my chest due to inflammation. What could I do to get this inflammation to reduce? My neighbor is a nurse, so she says "Ask the Doc if you can take Alleve" Well, it turns out that is out of the question because Alleve (Naproxen) is, are you ready for this one: a bone growth inhibitor. Not what you want when you've had a bone graft.
I got to thinking. Inflammation is the bodies natural response to injury. Why would I want to take an anti inflammatory? Then I got to thinking again, as I so often do, about the donor whose living bone and cartilage are so merrily growing in my knee. How could I sit here feeling sorry for myself, when this person died and here I am, lucky enough to have their living tissue? I have no idea who the person is, or even the sex of the donor. But in my imagination (aren't we making our lives up as we go along anyway)? I imagine the donor to be a twenty something, male, dark curly haired, athletic individual. Hey, it never hurts to have a little testosterone on your side.
I made a pact with this person. Okay, my friend, you and I are a team. I'm not going to let you down. From now on, we're going to work together.
I went down to the park, stood overlooking the ocean, put my foot up on a rail and slowly pushed, pushed, pushed past the point of pain. Breathe, push. Breathe, push. Voila'! Amazingly, for the first time since the surgery, I could feel the tightness slowly unfurling, like a garden hose that had been kinked up for too long. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Me and my Donor. We've got a real good thing.....