Update – 近況 (2)

This is the continuation of my previous post – What I’ve been up to.

It was the first time ever that I’ve done MRI. The machine looks very expensive and it was continuously making some noises. With the MRI film, I went to see the orthopedist again the next day.

His prediction was right. It became apparent that my ACL was torn as well as my meniscus was ruptured. He told me that he was sorry but I needed to get a surgery to fix this problem; and he was right. I did some research on torn ACL and found that I could choose not to have a surgery but that means I wouldn’t be able to play any sports for the rest of my life.

On careful thought, I had been having this knee problem quite a while. I fell while I was playing Frisbee with kids in August last year and I heard a pop. Since then, I felt like my knee became extremely unstable that I dislocated it for several times. I didn’t really dislocate it but I felt like it. I hoped to be able to run and jog, to do some exercise and to do some sports again so I decided to undergo a surgery.

The PCMO who saw me the other day told me that he would consult with Washington DC about surgery. I knew it was going to take a long time to communicate with DC and to decide the details of my surgery.

To be continued…

 

前回からの続きです。

人生初めてのMRIだったのですが、何事もなく無事に終わりました。MRIの機械は非常に高価そうで、けたたましい音をずっと立てていました。翌日、MRIの結果を持って再び整形外科医のもとへ。

案の定、前十字靱帯がつながってるべきところがつながっておらず、何らかの形の断裂は決定的でした。その上半月板にも損傷がみられるということでした。お医者さんは、「残念ながら、手術以外に直す方法はない」と。後でわかったのですが、手術しないという手もあるけど、手術しなかったらこれから一生激しいスポーツはできなくなるとのこと。実際去年の8月に子供たちとフリスビーして遊んでいる時に初めて膝を痛めた時以来、いろんな場面で何度も右膝を痛めました。普通にバス降りただけなのに痛くなったり、重いバックパック背負って歩いたら痛くなったりと。これからもスポーツを楽しみたいし、走りたいし、と思い、手術に踏み切ることにしました。

ピースコーのお医者さんは、ワシントンDCにあるピースコー本部と連絡をとって、手術の詳細について決めるとのこと。ピースコーも政府の組織なので、これは時間かかるだろうな~と思いつつ、首都での生活が続くのです。

続く。

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