Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Woooot compartment syndrome.
Yup, I had them cut open my shin. You can still see the iodine all over my leg. I can already kind of hobble around my apartment, so I bet I'll be walking around soon... it doesn't hurt too badly, but I bet thats just the painkillers talking.
Compartment syndrome, in case you don't know, is more common to runners than skiers, but skiers get it sometimes in the anterior something-or-other when they skate. Kris Freeman, Sarah Renner, Haley Johnson, Alison Flint, Ezra Hark (a mix of famous and less famous skiers) have all had it, and now they're all fast, except Ezra. (Sorry Ezra). What happens is that the muscle in a certain compartment, usually lower leg somewhere, tries to swell up bigger than the faschia that holds it in. This causes lots of pain and you stop skiing fast. To release the pressure they just cut open the faschia, and poof, you're better. In my leg, they found a slight defect in the faschia which had caused the pain I was feeling all winter in every skate race, because it was like a hole that the muscle was trying to push through. So, they just made the hole a lot bigger, and now hopefully the muscle will relax. I hear that this is often a very successful procedure, but I'll know for sure when I start rollerskiing again.
So for now I am just sitting on the couch, eating blueberry muffins (even crutches won't keep me from baking!) and drinking water. I still feel dehydrated. They tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight the day before your surgery. That meant no water for like 12 hours, and MAN was I thirsty when I got out of there. Of course, it being free cone day at Ben and Jerry's, the first stop was free ice cream. Priorities, priorities :).
(Sorry for the inane drivel, I am on intense painkillers and I've been sitting on my couch with my damn leg elevated for a day and a half... this causes a little verbal diarrhea).