I’m in pain somewhere much more often than not. My injury status is so common that most of my family and friends don’t bat an eye when I’m limping or in some kind of brace. The only reason I even tell people I’m having surgery is that the people at the hospital won’t let me drive myself home. It’s not that my family and friends don’t care; it’s just that they simply cannot keep up with what’s hurt and what isn’t.
So far in this adventure I’m been able to stay relatively uninjured. In fact I’ve been pleasantly surprised that I haven’t really been all that sore, until this week. This week my knees have decided that enough is enough, I’ve had my fun, now it’s time to get back to sitting on the couch. The problems started Monday night after the 65 min bike session at the Y. Later that evening I had some soreness and discomfort in both knees. I just chalked it up to a very bad stationary bike that I just couldn’t get to fit properly. By time I started my warm-up lunges on Thursday both knees were killing me. I completed the workout, but let KB know what was going on and we made some adjustments. Little did I know, the knee fun wasn’t over when I left the gym Thursday.
Thursdays are my long days at the karate school, I have three back-to-back classes, including an advance class (I’ve discussed this before) As I was leaving my office I noticed some discomfort in my ankle, I have no idea what I did to it (which is not uncommon) but it was nicely swollen. Well I missed my first class for a couple of reasons (my ankle not being one of them). One I had to work a little late and two, I need to update the schools website.
I managed to get to my second class, a weapons class and it went relatively well. I went to the advanced class knowing that I may have some limitations with my ankle, but wanting to give it a go. The beginning of the class was challenging and left some nasty bruises that won’t go away for a while.
The second part of the class was some self-defense. I enjoy self-defense, but due to too many concussions I can no longer be thrown around, because of this I “tap out” before a throw or sweep is required. It would seem one of our students didn’t get that memo. Now, I do not for one minute blame him for anything, what happened was an accident and those happen in contact sports. He went full out on a technique and went for a sweep, this wouldn’t have been the end of the world except for the fact that he swept my leg sideways rather than from behind and because of the first portion of the technique I had all my weight (which is a lot) on the leg he was sweeping. Basically my lower leg stayed right where I put it and everything from the knee up went sideways. I tried really hard to shift my weight and save myself, but the pop I felt and the immediate collapse of my knee followed by the feeling that someone had just shoved a spike clear through my knee was a good indication I was too slow.
I spent the rest of the class flat on my back with ice packs wrapped around my knee. Getting home was a challenge, but I got there and spent the rest of the night doing the ice and elevation thing. I’m pretty sure this is minor; I’ve done this a few times so I can usually tell when it’s ok and when it’s not. And on the bright side I know that if anyone attacks this specific student, they’ll not walk away from it!
So we’ll see how tomorrow goes.