%@#^&! My knee!

Over the weekend, I managed to dislocate my left knee. Needless to say, it hurt like hell. I managed to pop it back into place right after it happened, but it’s swollen and I can’t put much pressure on it. It’s currently in an immobilizing brace pending a visit to an orthopedist.

The story of how it happened is slightly humorous (even to me). There have been some pine cones in the bed of my truck for about a week. They’ve been rolling around back there making all kinds of noise, which has been getting on my nerves. I decided to climb into the bed and toss them out. I put my left foot up on the tailgate (which I always do). I started to push myself up using my leg and my right arm, and then I was on the ground. I’m still not sure whether I fell and twisted with my foot still planted firmly on the tailgate, which caused my knee to dislocate, or if my knee dislocated by itself, which is what caused me to fall. I blame the pine cones.

I do have a request. If you are going to make jokes at my expense, please include me in on them, because I can always use a good laugh 😉

UPDATE: I’ve got an appointment for the orthopedist tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10:30 AM. He’ll probably just tell me to keep wearing the brace until the swelling goes down and happily take my money. Such is life…

Oops, I did it again

You may have read about when I first dislocated my knee cap (here). Well, I’ve managed to do it again.

There was a big “winter storm” that came through St. Louis last night. There’s snow and ice all over the damn place. Well, I drive a 2003 Chevy S-10, which unfortunately, is rear-wheel drive. That means that it has absolutely horrible traction on anything the least bit slippery.

Anyway, my truck got stuck trying to pull into a parking spot at my apartment. My wife was in the driver’s seat, and some helpful people and I were pushing the back of the truck. The truck finally gave and surged forward. I slipped and my knee went sideways. The knee cap popped out of place and then immediately back in.

It hurts a hell of a lot less than the first time I did it. I guess I already did most of the damage to the surrounding tissue the first time. I can still walk on it somewhat, which is definitely a good thing. At least I have two and a half days before I have to go back to work (my work was closed today due to the snow).