My return to skateboarding has been a strange few months. Back in early September I tweaked my knee at Dullo, I didn’t think too badly. But it was enough to keep my off the deck for a couple of weeks (during which I did at least come and meet a few of the MASHers). Once better I had a couple more sessions before, yep, tweaking my knee again! It was another insignificant off but clearly the knee was very unstable. A few more weeks off, and this weekend I was fired up to come along for genuine skating MASH session (knee still a bit swollen but nothing too dramatic).
Yesterday we had a work “function” at the Paddington Lawn Bowling green. A few nice bevvies in the sun… until while wandering down the green I kind of propped off my right leg a little strangely and - you guessed it - my knee buckled a bit and suddenly swelled up like a balloon again. This time the pain was a fair bit worse.
Today I managed to get into a sports med centre and see a doc. Turns out that the previous injuries to my right knee (ruptured anterior that was never repaired 20 years ago, and a torn medial about 10 years ago) had left it way worse than I thought. Somehow I’d managed to get through several marathons and an Ironman triathlon over the past few years. I now looks like my “little” tweaks over the past couple of months mean I’ll be going under the knife next week. All that’s left to discover is whether it’ll be a straight arthroscopy or a full reconstruction - an MRI tomorrow and a final consultation with the surgeon on Monday will decide it. At the moment it’s looking like the full whack - which also means 6-9months of rehab/physio.
I guess on the positive side the full reconstruction will leave me with a knee way better than I have now – and the doc said once it’s strong there’s no reason not to skate.
So I’ll still be around and I’ll try and come to watch a few MASH sessions along the way (and I’ll definitely come to the SOS Jam and the slalom champs). Might have to work on the photography skills too. And the kids are exciting about using my boards without fighting me for them!
The big lesson? Be careful out on the lawn bowling green guys!