Wednesday 13 January 2016

Bad Things Come in Threes : The Daily Journal of an Injured Knee

Monday, I talked a bit about the string of bad luck that’s been shadowing me since November when my computer died, followed by December when my dishwasher broke down just before the holidays.  And, some of you warned me that bad things come in threes so I'd best watch out. Well guess what? The very next day, I injured my knee during Ultimate practice. During a game, my teammate and I both went for the disc, didn’t see each other, and we collided in spectacular form. I took a wrist to the face and his knee slammed into the side of my knee and we both hit the ground. It hurt like a b****. He was fine, but I got the wind knocked out of me, and within minutes my left knee started to swell. !%ù*!!&###!!!

The drive back home after practice, sucked. It’s the only time I’ve ever wished my car was an automatic; I cringed every time I had to push down on the clutch…. Anyway, the next day I went to my doctor. He did a series of tests on my leg and knee and luckily, it looks worse than it actually is. There’s no damage to the knee joint and none of the major ligaments around the knee seem damaged. I’ve basically suffered a deep muscle contusion and have to rest my knee for at least 2 weeks. So if things go well, I should be back to practice in time for the Regional Championship in mid-February. Phew.   

In the mean time, I figured it’d be fun to document the changes in my knee as it goes through the healing process. I love experiments and I’m totally looking forward to seeing it change funky colors as the swelling goes down.

Here is my knee on Day 1:  It doubled in size. 

It's hard to tell from this angle, but the injured knee is the light brownish one on the right (your right). It looks like the swelling swallowed my knee cap. My good knee is the one on the left of the picture that actually looks like a knee cap with a few old scars in the center. 

Here is another shot from my perspective. You can see the swelling better on the left and the red spot where I got hit. 

Fun times y'all. Fun times.
As you can see from the pictures, my knee looks like it’s 9 months pregnant. I don’t walk, I hobble. Going up and down stairs is complicated as I can bend my knee only slightly. The skin over the injured area is shiny and smooth due to the swelling and it’s hot to the touch. It feels like my knee has a temperature. I wish I had one of those fish tank thermometer strips to see how hot it really is. There isn’t too much color around the knee, some redness a some light brown discoloration, but nothing overly interesting. 
By the end of the day, my lower back was aching because I’ve had to shift my weight to my good leg. The throbbing in my knee also made it difficult to fall asleep so I took a couple of pain killers. Thank you Advil PM.
So there you have it, my string of bad luck is officially OVER! YOU HEAR ME! I’m done, got my three bad things so now life can you please leave me the hell alone?

Thanks for stopping in everyone. I'll do my best to visit you all when I can. I'll be back tomorrow for another day in the life of an injured knee. 

In the mean time, be good and be safe! :D


  1. Thank goodness, it was no more than a deep bruise. Good luck on the Regionals.

    1. Thank you, Richard! I hope things go well at regionals too. :)

  2. Sorry about your knee. Glad it was a minor injury, all things considered.

  3. Ouch! So sorry. I'm glad that it looks worse than it is. Hopefully that means you can heal quickly.

  4. Glad it wasn't a break or anything too serious. Now that your bad luck is over, it mans some good luck will follow. Right?

  5. At least it's only a minor injury, still a pain in the arse though. Hopefully it is 3 and done now at your sea.

  6. So sorry about your knee, but I'm glad that it looks worse than it is. Still, absolutely no fun.

    May your bad luck streak finally be broken!

  7. As someone who has had numerous knee injuries that led to surgery. I'm happy for you. Two weeks isn't too bad. And all good luck from now on!

  8. Wow that swelling looks awful. So sorry and glad nothing is broken.

  9. Oh no! How awful. I'm glad it will heal up in time for the championship, hopefully bringing a lot of good luck with it.

  10. Ouch, it looks very painful. Having recently broken my foot, I know all about swelling and bruising. ERG. Feel better soon, and yes, I would say your luck is about to change. :)

  11. Hi ELise - hope it heals ... gosh those whammy hits to the bod really do hurt and give us some interesting shots to look at! Good luck for the next couple of weeks .. cheers Hilary

  12. Hope your knee gets better real soon! Sorry to hear about this.

    I say find the silver lining in this accident and you'll find you feel better and attract better "luck" in your life, afterwards.

  13. My goodness!! It looks VERY painful. Hope it heals very quickly, Elise.

  14. Ouch!
    Be careful. As we get older, you know the story? Injuries start taking longer to heal.
    I'm off to check out the progress...


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