By: Ashley Evans
The first time I had knee surgery was prior to my sophomore year of college after I tore my ACL and meniscus while sliding into home during our championship softball game. As an athlete, having the surgery at that time was an obvious choice. The success rate for ACL reconstruction surgery is about 96% so I was confident that I wouldn’t have any problems, especially with physical therapy and always choosing to wear my knee brace when doing anything athletic.
Fast forward to earlier this year when I was ice skating with my kids. As I pushed off, I felt that same sickening pop I’d felt the first time and I went down on the ice. A MRI confirmed what I already suspected: I had torn my ACL again. An only 4% chance to retear my ACL had happened to me.
This time the decision to have the surgery wasn’t so easy. I wasn’t as involved in sports though I loved going out with my kids, helping coach my 8-year-old daughter’s softball team and my fitness classes at the Y. However, I had a 3-year-old son at the house, could I really afford to have a knee surgery that would make me have limited mobility for at least two months?
My husband finally convinced me to get the surgery—helped in part when while playing with our son one night, I ended up injuring it again.
Not being able to drive has been tough especially with all of the summer events that our family likes to enjoy and the physical therapy that I’m required to attend three times a week; but with my husband and mother-in-law’s help, we’ve been able to make it work. I can tell that the surgery will be worth it in the end.
And the extra snuggles that I’ve been getting from my son and daughter are making the recovery process so much sweeter.
So while I may be in a minority of people that have to go through two ACL surgeries for the same knee, I couldn’t be more blessed be spending the majority of my time with the people I love.