Thursday, February 16, 2012

The End of the Game

The End of the Game. The magnetic resonance imaging said that I have the chondromalacia and synovial fluid inside the left knee. It is the same leg that I badly broke in september 2007. In spite of the 2 surgeries and all the medical advices I began again to run and race: that was the big mistake. This morning the physiatrist said that I have to do 90 minutes of magnetotherapy for 20 days and after I cannot run anymore, if I don't want to walk with a cane, because the knee is too damaged. However my last chance is an orthopedist specialized in "knees" and tomorrow she will visit my leg; a doctor friend of mine knows that she solved many problems like this one.
Swimming. Waiting for the final "sentence" - and I hope to run again even if only for fun and for short distances - the option is the swimming pool where I think to go 6 days per week. After 4 days in a row (1600 mt. sunday, 1600 mt. monday, 1600 mt. tuesday, 1700 mt. yesterday) today I have taken a day off. If running will be impossible, swimming can be my future.
Snow. Last monday the snow covered the city again. During the snowfall I had a walk through the desert streets with my daughter and her fiancè. 1st photo the B.K. and Elisa's fiancè; 2nd photo my backyard; 3rd photo the local marina inside the port.


For the italian followers. La situazione si è messa male ho la condromalacia all'interno del ginocchio sinistro più altre piccole complicazioni quali degenerazione del menisco laterale e segni di sinovite reattiva. Il fisiatra, un vero scienziato (mio carissimo amico) mi ha prescritto 20 gg di magnetoterapia pulsante (90 minuti a seduta) e prevede la fine completa della mia attività di podista al fine di evitare il rischio di una protesi al ginocchio. A mia insaputa un altro medico mio amico ha fissato per domani mattina un appuntamento con un chirurgo ortopedico espertissima in lesioni al ginocchio la quale, a suo dire, ha risolto problematiche come la mia. Io intanto, al momento, non ci sarei andato per rispetto del fisiatra. Non so che dire: vedremo! Intanto me ne vado a nuotare e sto pensando al gran fondo in acque marine.
The Black Knight Army. Another brave warrior came to swell the Black Knight Army's ranks: Lady Charmaine, master of chocolatey goodies ... and waiting again for knowing the role of Lady Superkate and Sir Johann.

28 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about your knee! I can’t imagine your level of frustration with this injury, although you sound way more optimistic than I would have. I like your attitude about trying other fitness options like swimming.

    Don’t give up my friend; get a second and third opinion. Sometimes there are solutions out there; the hard part is finding the right person who knows of them. Maybe a sports physician who has more experience with this type of issue and can recommend specific exercises and therapy to focus on the troubled knee.

    If there is no solution, you can still stay apart of the running community by becoming involved with race organization. You are a runner and you know what would make for a great race course, or improvements to an existing race to enhance the runner’s experience.
    Just thinking outside the box!

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  2. troppa grazia, paisà, c'è il traduttore! ;) quindi i nodi vennero al pettine.... sai cosa? meglio col bastone che con la panza - corri a gg alterni e solo per le 10mila.....

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  3. Despite your injury, you really have a good thing going here and an amazing support group as well. As well as what Thomas said, get 2nd and 3rd and so on and so forth opinions. I have a runner friend here in the states that had his knee fixed with the same problem. He does not run marathons anymore, but still tackles halfs and the likes. You are truly something else, and I am sure with the right attitude everything will be fine. Just know we are all here supporting you whatever happens. Take care my friend!

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  4. Oh no. I'm sorry to read this but I won't accept it. No way. Swim if you must for now but I think you'll be back. Call me crazy but this is not the end of running for you. Love the Doors BTW.
    Your city and all the snow made the news here! :) It all must have gone your way because we have almost none this season.

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  5. I look forward to reading about your next visit of the orthopedist specialized! Take care, Stefano!

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  6. I hate to hear that news. I hope that this latest doctor has some answers for you--some answers you WANT to hear. If I couldn't run anymore, I'd cling to my bike...you know how much I love to swim.

    Your snow is beautiful. We actually got a couple of inches the other day. This has been a very disappointing winter, snow-wise, but it's hard to complain about the mild temperatures.

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  7. Oh no. Don't give up. I hope you run again!

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  8. I too hope that you can find some way to continue running longer distances, but it truly is the case that swimming can be very gratifying as well! Hmmm, it's a splurge, but find a good teacher and have 4-5 real lessons, you'll see you'll be going much faster if you get the technique tweaks and some drills. There must be masters teams to swim with in Italy, aren't there? Anyway worth learning the non-freestyle strokes if you don't know them and doing some more complex workouts - and then you can swim the Hellespont next summer!...

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  9. Oh no! I will keep my fingers and toes crossed that you are able to run again. Isn't it nice to walk in the snow?

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  10. Oh, that would be a tough thing to hear. I do hope that you get a the OK to run with the second opinion. It's hard to imagine not being able to run. Best wishes for a good appointment tomorrow with optimistic news!
    I like the doors, but it's not the end!

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  11. I really hope you get some good news from the orthopaedic specialist. It's so frustrating when your brain wants to do something and your body keeps putting on the brakes.

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  12. I'm so sad for you! I hope that the other doctor can give you some hope. Do you not like cycling?

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  13. I"m really sorry to hear this. I hope the doctor you see tomorrow can do something. I would not want to have to swim because I couldn't run. I would rather do both but I am sure you will figure out what to do for your best interest. Good luck. And I am jealous of your snow.

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  14. Very, very sorry to hear this! I hope you can find a way to still keep running in your life. My experience has been that it's always worth it to keep knocking on doors and looking for someone who can help you. I'm thinking of you!

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  15. Ah crap...no bueno....I hope this lady Dr can help you. If it is not her than I would look for another one..you never know...maybe you will have to abandon long distances but if you can keep running shorter distances in the future that would not be too hard to accept....swimming is great for plan B/ I admire you for going to the pool and keep active and not give up.

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  16. I hope there's good news from the specialist... that at least you can run 'for fun' and shorter distances. Keep persisting - I have a friend who has a bad ankle and 'shouldn't run' but with running it has started finally to improve.

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  17. Oh no!!!! I hope the specialist has better news for you. I have had a couple friends told they couldn't run anymore due to knee problems yet later a orthopedic doc was able to save them and they are running strong now. I am hoping only the same for you!!! And I am with MissZippy....I found out with my foot fiasco that you keep searching for answers until you find one, there is rarely one and only one answer.

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  18. That really, really sucks. But I guess you will check every option and do everything you can to sort things out, so I wish you the best of luck with that.

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  19. 20 anni fa un luminare dopo una risonanza mi disse che avrei dovuto smettere di correre perchè le mie ginocchia non reggevano.
    Da allora ho fatto + di 50000 km di running.
    Certo avevo 32/33 anni mentre tu oggi se non mi sbaglio ne hai almeno ...34 !!!!
    Comunque è probabile che non potrai più fare grossi carichi, ma appena sarà passata la fase acuta e alternando la corsa con altri sport potrai ancora divertirti a lungo... magari passando al triathlon

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  20. So sorry about your knee! Hoping the second doctor has some better news for you. All the best!

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  21. I'm so sorry to hear about the knee and that this might mean the end of running for you...I am happy you have an alternative, swimming, that you also enjoy.
    The snow looks beautiful!

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  22. This will hopefully NOT be the end--my fingers are crossed for you. Whatever happens, I know you will stay fit, whether via swimming or some other way.

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  23. Make sure you go to a SPORTS doctor. A doctor who does not run and does not treat runners just doesn't 'get it' and they will give you the worst case story. Half of the doctors who don't do sports think running is bad for you.

    Also - don't forget about water jogging. It isn't a lot of fun but it will keep your running muscles strong until your knee heals.

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  24. Oh man Stefano, I'm sorry to read about your knee. I am glad to hear some positive thoughts from you know with swimming being your future. I'm also sure some short and fun running will happen for you. I have decided to join the Black Knight's Army as Sir Johann - Tamer of Africa.

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  25. I'm so sorry to read this Stefano. We all know how much you love running. I would say to get a second opinion too, you never know.

    It's good to hear that you don't give up and pick up more swimming.

    Take care!

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  26. hey there...found your blog from a friends...i am a new follower and a newbie blogger myself!

    i'm sorry to hear you are injured...i too am recovering from hip surgery and am waiting...waiting...and waiting to run again. but, I just started swimming last week as well...great workout and it least it makes me feel like I am doing something again.

    Keep it up...and keep on writing!

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  27. I hope the specialist has better news. :(

    My father has been dealing with foot pain for the last couple years and many of his doctor's told him to stop running and get on a bike. He finally found a specialist who saw something the others didn't and fixed him up. He's back on his feet running and hiking.

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  28. hey there...thanks for the follow...and the advice! Let us all know what happens tomorrow! Good Luck:)

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