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  1. Short post
    Right getting better
    left has another tear

    Start PT for right knee next week
  2. I am pretty sure the right knee is recovering much faster than the left did. And just prior to surgery I did have an MRI done on the left, because it was having problems. And 5 days after the surgery I am discovering that as the right gets better the left is getting worse.

    MD appointment tomorrow morning, I will know more then.
  3. The knee kept me up all night, but today it hurts less than it has since the surgery, but still taking pain meds. There is now a different, intermittent, pain, I am assuming directly related to the lateral fracture of the tibia, since it is going from the knee to mid-shin.

    Dressings come off today, still will not bend and still not weight bearing.

    I have started using exercise bands while standing to do a few simple exercises and I stated working on hand grip strength stuff. But the crutches and the wheeled walker I am using are wreaking my palms.
  4. Sitting at home, nothing to do, can't exercise, can't train, so while I recover I will start the blog again to give me something to do,

    Had knee surgery yesterday, meniscus repair and a repair for a lateral fracture of the tibia. Had meniscus repair on the left knee before, which is also a problem again, waiting for results of the MRI now. I was told the meniscus repair with the tibia repair would be more painful that just the meniscus. I didn't think it would be all that bad, last time all I needed for pain was 800mg Ibuprofen for a few days, did not take the other heavier duty pain med at all. The tibia repair was putting a needle in the bone and injecting a type of glue, how painful can that be?

    Well, a lot actually. I tried just the 800mg Ibuprofen, but it was still causing much pain. Had to give in and take the Oxycodone/Actaminophen too, Throw in ice every 30 minutes and it is and it gets it to bearable. Over 24 hours later it is still the same.

    Enough of that

    Have some ideas of how to train when I can, in order to get back into martial arts when I can. while I am in recovery. Of course this all depends on what they tell me about the left knee, when had surgery last June and has been a problem since the first snow storm last November.

    Going to work with Yang Taijiquan, the Cheng Manching version too. Looking to get much more into Sun style and if the knees work again I am returning to Xingyiquan as well.

    But first is recovery, when the MD says its OK I will be in Physical Therapy and if the progresses well I am going to work with training kicks, but from the floor, from this video, since I have not worked with a lot kicks in a long time, and I will be working at strengthening the legs to get back into kicks.

    This is the video.

    I'm a fan of Sensei Ando

    I was working with medicine-ball, dumbbells, total gym and Bowflex in my basement guan before the surgery and I have a workout I will do, once I can do stairs again, that does not put pressure on my legs.

    Well, time for ice
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  6. Recovery from aurthroscopic surgery, at least for me, is slow, but I am listening to the Doctor, for a change. Had to get into my 50s before I started that, by the way.

    Been able to start doing some exercises on the TotalGym and the exercise bike. And working with Taijiquan short forms.

    I was trying to work with Xingyiquan foot work to help the knee, but it did not seem to be doing much other than make the knee feel like it was swollen, when it wasn’t. So I decided to go back into my CMA closet and work with my Baguazhang that has been laying around getting dusty.

    Been working with Baguazhang stepping and although I am not 100% sure, it seems to be helping.

    Over my brief years in Baguazhang I learned 3 different major ways to step while walking the circle. One the mud walk, one more of a heal toe walk and one similar to the mud walk, but the foot does not actually stay on the ground. The leading stays about an inch off the ground, until the end of the travel.

    I have been taking it slow and all walking is currently linear.

    A short video that talks about basic Bagua stepping from Flying Tortoise Kung Fu School



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