Update – 近況 (3)

This is the continuation of my previous post – Update (2).

I was again confined in San Salvador until further notice. At that point, my knee was actually doing fine. I didn’t have any problem walking around thought it hurt when I took stairs up and down. So I was somewhat doubtful about the seriousness of my knee injury. Because I was planning to take a vacation and go back to Japan in 3 weeks, I thought of postponing my surgery to later, maybe after my vacation. This idea, of course, was denied by my PCMO. I was strongly discouraged to postpone my surgery.

I was really bored, confused and lost. I questioned myself, “what the hell am I doing here” countless times. I would say it was the most difficult time since I came to El Salvador. It seems as thought it’s nice to have a month of vacation in the capital but it was not fun at all.

To my surprise, the Peace Corps headquarter in Washington DC was quick in responding. I was told that I was going to leave El Salvador on April 19th, Monday. And they decided to have my surgery in Washington DC not in Panama.

Of course, things didn’t go that smooth with the Peace Corps. I waited almost 7 months to be invited and assigned. Same thing. On the morning of April 19th, I was all packed and ready to leave. I went to the office to pick my medical record up. Then, I was told to wait for a minute. 30 minutes later, I was told that there was no space in a hotel that the Peace Corps used in DC and on top of that, the surgeon was out of office. Therefore, they postponed my trip and made me stay in San Salvador for another 3 days. I was really tired of waiting and doing nothing in San Salvador.

To be continued….









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…







What I’ve been up to – 近況 (1)

It’s been a while since I wrote last time. I just wanted to make a note for what I’ve been going through.

As I mentioned in my last post (in Japanese), I got injured while playing soccer on March 21st. Nothing really happened during the game but my right knee started hurting on that night. It was really swollen too and the pain was growing as time went by. Next morning, it was very difficult to walk so I decided to go to see doctor.

I went to see one of the PCMOs (Peace Corps Medical Officers) and I was told to have X-ray done at a local hospital. With my film, I went to see a local doctor who’s specialized in orthopedics. There was nothing wrong with my bone but apparently my knee is internally bleeding so he got rid of blood by injecting an empty syringe. It was a painful procedure but after that, my knee pain went away. He told me to take a good rest for 2 weeks.

I was staying at a hotel for about 10 days and then our Country Director (CD) kindly invited me to stay at his house. After 2 weeks, I went to see the orthopedist again and after carefully checking my knee, he told me that my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) might be torn. In order to see if my ACL is torn, I needed to get an MRI so I went to another hospital to undergo this procedure.

To be continued…