I had a great milestone this week- one of my best friends who I've known since middle school graduated with her Master's, and I was able to make it to SF to have dinner with her to celebrate. Anyone who knows me is aware of my obsession with SF and being unable to go for over 6 weeks was another form of torture. I wasn't sure how my knee would react to sitting in a car for over half an hour (thanks, traffic) or at a crowded table for over two hours, but I was sick of being cooped up at home and ready to get out. I'm so glad I did. I had a wonderful time, and getting out of the house and having yummy (and free!) food was amazing.
I will say though, this little outing made me realize my limits, as I spent most of the next day in bed recovering. My knee is still very cranky and doesn't enjoy being bent for long periods of time, so I definitely paid for all the sitting I did. It definitely made me question my progress and my rehab and how easy all the sitting I'll be doing at my upcoming graduation will be.
Another limit- my PT finally got my knee to "break", which led to the worst (I mean worst) pain of my life. Yes, I'd rather go through a dislocation without pain pills than ever experience this again. One of the things that has been impeding my progress is my body wanting to "protect" my knee. Whenever I try to bend it too far, my quads start balking, which prevents me from bending it anymore. However, with much help and pain from my PT, he was able to get my leg to the point where my quads were too weak to protect it anymore and just snapped, letting my knee bend far past where it had been. While this is a good sign, the pain I experienced was quite frankly traumatizing, and having to go back 2 days later for more was also pure agony. However, I do see improvements, such as being able to get to 90 degrees a lot quicker and being more comfortable bending my knee and sitting. I do worry though, when my PT and surgeon tell me this is the most painful MPFL they've seen. I just am waiting for the biking and bending to get easier with more repetitions, because so far, that has yet to happen and that's the most frustrating thing of all.