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Old 05-04-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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So as some of you know, I have really bad knees. In fact, one of the resons I started posting here is because my knees really gave ended my ability to play, and therefore generally be involved in the basetball community I grew up in, and this became something of an outet for me.

Since then I got into coaching, and after a few surgeries, and adjusting my expectations, I've been able to play a little bit. And this year was my biggest in a while. I got invited to join an awfull men's league team, but they had three decent players, and adding me, we actually won a game, and when all four of us are on the floor together, I dare say we're competitive.

Thursday night we're playing the second best team in the league, who's filled with kids in their early 20s, including some who play in DII programs. I don't start, as one of the other guys plays PG, so I go in for him so we know we can at least get the ball up. But fourth quarters we all play together.

So I come in, and feel really good. Get a layup, draw a foul, drop an assist. And we're close. I turn it over on a pass to the corner, and I'm backpeddling on D with my buddy behind me on a 3-2. The kid coming at me can move, so I use an old trick, I deke to the left, to force him left, but jump back to backpeddling, and essentially cut the court in half. The kid does a nice little drift dribble and is gonna shoot a three. So I jam my right toe in the court around the elbow and drive myself out toward him to contest ...
But going from full throttle backward to full throttle forward, even as limited as those throttles are these days, proved to be too much. My right achilles tore right off the bone. It was this horrible stretchy feeling, followed by a huge pop sound. I thought my shoelace had popped. I actually got off the ground, and on the way down realized it. I grabbed the shooter by the shoulder and told him don't move. But he shoved me off chasing the rebound. I kept my balance and asked the far ref to stop the game, but he didn't. However the closer ref behind me heard it. He came up and grabbed me. Said it was the 4th he'd seen this year, and he and my buddy got me to the bleachers where his wife called 911. My sweat ran cold. I thought I was gonna throw up. It was excruciating.
Ambulance took me to hospital, where they filled me with morphine. They took a useless x-ray, I knew what was wrong, but they carried on with acting like I'm an idiot. They casted me beyond the knee. Told me to see my doc the next morning. He sent me to an ortho to get MRI, who then decided that my purple heel did have a torn achilles, and sent me to surgeon. Surgery Tuesday, after an exhausting day of bullshit insurance hoop jumping.


So good morning rehab.
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:22 PM   #2
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Damn that sucks. Get well soon.
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:48 PM   #3
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That sounds horrible all the best with the recovery process
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:51 PM   #4
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Stay strong brotha
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:07 PM   #5
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Damn...first kobe now thorpe?
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:44 PM   #6
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And this is why I don't play ball anymore. I'm not gettin paid (not making the NBA or even the D-league ) and I always seem to get injured in one way or another. The risk isn't worth the reward imo.

After my 'playing days' I got into weightlifting, you should give it a try.

Anyway, fast recovery man!
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:48 PM   #7
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Stay strong and think of Kobe. You and Kobe will be rehabbing your way back.

I guess you are going to be a Laker and Kobe fan now. You can relate.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:48 PM   #8
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Stay strong and think of Kobe. You and Kobe will be rehabbing your way back.

I guess you are going to be a Laker and Kobe fan now. You can relate.


But yeah, OP, get well soon and hope for a quick recovery
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:55 PM   #9
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So the last of the hoops has been jumped through. Surgery will be Thursday.

The good news is two things. The surgery is very simple. It's a half hour to an hour procedure, and generally speaking an outpatient process. I should be home that night.
The second good thing is that they're very confident about the outcome of this particular procedure. They're fairly confident that I'll be back to my mediocre self when this is all said and done, with some PT, and just time.

The bad news is the time. I'm looking at 1-2 weeks of letting the wound heal. That's a critical stage, and little to no risk can be taken. Until the sutures come out, I really can't risk anything. Infection could be devesatating, and if they come open, I'm essentially starting the process over. After that there's a 6 week run of absolutely zero weight baring. Again, this is a stage that could see me tear the tendon again, and again, we'd be starting over from scratch. And beyond that, Another six weeks of minimal weight baring. That will start with a boot and crutches, basically where I'm at now. Then move to sneakers and crutches. Then just boot for the last stretch, where I'll be able to walk on it, but it will stabalize the tendon while regain strenghth. That pretty much ends my summer.

This winter had seen me really start to re-introduce myself into playing basketball, and finding men's leagues that fit where I am, and I was really looking forward to continueing that, but I guess that's over now. And my usual role as multi league softball pitcher, because a) I'm willing to have balls rocketed at my crotch all summer, and b) I'm just good enough to not walk in a half dozen runs per game (both genuine skills), is also over this year. Coaching pop warner, which starts at the end of the summer, but that is probably over too.

So looks like I hooked up my fancy internet ready smart tv and signed up for netflix just in time, so expect to see me in the rate the last movie thread a lot, and probably a fair amount in the video game forum.

**** me!
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:29 PM   #10
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Stay strong and think of Kobe. You and Kobe will be rehabbing your way back.

I guess you are going to be a Laker and Kobe fan now. You can relate.
Ok I laughed, hope I could rep you.

Hope everything works out for you bro. I had stress fracture on both knees and couldn't do much in the military BMT so I was sent to a medical squadron to get better for four months. Just imagine 4 months not doing sh1t with no internet.

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Old 05-07-2013, 10:41 PM   #11
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Ok I laughed, hope I could rep you.

Hope everything works out for you bro. I had stress fracture on both knees and couldn't do much in the military BMT so I was sent to a medical squadron to get better for four months. Just imagine 4 months not doing sh1t with no internet.


That sounds terrible.

I do have some experience. But my two knee surgeries were like the exact opposite of this.

Surgeries were complicated, exploratory Orthroscopics, because they really didn't know how bad they'd be from the MRI. And a tissue sample retrieved for harvesting fresh cartellidge. As opposed to this one where they really know what they're getting into.

And then those wound up being 1-2 week recoveries each. Really not that bad. As opposed to this one which will be brutal after the fact.

And finally, they still aren't sure how my knees will react over time. They're a great mystery of science. Whereas my achilles they're pretty sure how this will turn out. It's gonna take time and work, but they know really know the end game within reason.
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Best wishes, recuuperate well. Could you take your mind to really do something, while disabled? I'd say, "man, I'd totally learn HTML since I cannot really do anything else anyway". But what happens usually is like "I cannot do it since I'm not at full strenght", and then when in full strenght "I have to do something else, let's keep it for the time that I'm sick or something", and then end up procrastinating whatever.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:33 PM   #13
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Best wishes, recuuperate well. Could you take your mind to really do something, while disabled? I'd say, "man, I'd totally learn HTML since I cannot really do anything else anyway". But what happens usually is like "I cannot do it since I'm not at full strenght", and then when in full strenght "I have to do something else, let's keep it for the time that I'm sick or something", and then end up procrastinating whatever.


That would be great. I'd love to like ... learn to play the guitar ... or something while I'm sitting around. But the fact is is that I'll wind up watching Movies I never got around to, playing video games, and reading a book or two.

I don't know why that is, but that'll just be the nature of it I'm sure.
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That would be great. I'd love to like ... learn to play the guitar ... or something while I'm sitting around. But the fact is is that I'll wind up watching Movies I never got around to, playing video games, and reading a book or two.

I don't know why that is, but that'll just be the nature of it I'm sure.

Watch some documentaries man, one thing about knowledge is that you can never have enough. There bound to be something that interests you where you can spend you energy on and rehab whilst learning.
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Tough luck Thorpe. I hope the surgery goes as planned and the rehab progresses quickly. Sending positive vibes.
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