I have a joint condition in my knees called Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD). In very non-technical terms, not enough blood gets to the bottom of my femur bone (medial femoral condryle) so the cartilage gets weak and cracks off.
In February 2011, I saw an orthopedic doctor in Denver after feeling my knee pop in a bad way one afternoon. I’m blogging about my experience with this round of OCD – from diagnosis to treatment to recovery. I’ve had 2 knee surgeries recently (Oct 2011, December 2011) and am back on both feet, feeling great! I am going farther and doing more than I ever thought I could before.
Some key moments in this journey include:
What is Osteochondritis Dissecans?
Bad news from the doctor – right knee diagnosis
Real MRI images of right and left knees
My Treatment Options
Right Knee Surgery & Off Crutches
Left Knee Surgery & Off Crutches
First Attempt at A ‘Real’ Run
Emotional posts: Surgery Weight Gain & Meltdown, Emotionalism at Yoga, Not Taking My Body For Granted, Starting Over
Below, you’ll find all posts relating to my knees / Osteochondritis Dissecans.
Alex’s birthday was this past weekend and, coincidentally, it was one of the few weekends we had off from mountaineering school. When I asked Alex how he wanted to spend his birthday weekend, he decided that he wanted to play … Continue reading
Yesterday afternoon, I showed up at my knee doctor’s office for my 2 year post-surgery check in. Most of the time, I hardly notice or remember my knee surgery until someone asks me about my knees or I head back … Continue reading
It’s Sunday evening and I am physically and emotionally exhausted. Not in a good way but for good reason. This past weekend, I took a 3-day-long self defense class, offered by my local police department through my local YMCA – … Continue reading
(All photos are my own unless noted in the photo caption) I was up before the sun on Saturday morning as I practically jumped out of bed, excited to drive my new car to Guanella Pass and hike with my … Continue reading
**Disclosure: My Panerathon10k race entry was provided free to me. Content and opinions here are my own.** I’ve been keeping a secret from blogland and real life friends until recently. I’ve been covertly training for the Denver Rock N Roll … Continue reading
So here’s something crazy: it’s been just about 18 months – a year and a half! – since my knee surgeries. (I have osteochondritis dissecans and had 2 knee surgeries in 2011 to help repair it. More here!) It feels … Continue reading
Welp, it’s finally here! The Mt. Evans Ascent race is tomorrow. To say I am nervous would be a huge understatement. This race is going to be super hard. My body is going to be incredibly tired and (I’m betting) … Continue reading
In the past few years, my mom has coined a term that describes a type of moment unique to her – and as I’m growing up, me too. They’re called ‘Sandy Moments.’ They’re like foot-in-mouth moments, act-before-you-think moments, not-reading-the-instructions-before-getting-started moments. … Continue reading
I have a question for my friends in the blogosphere who compete in individual events/races, like swimming, biking or running race. Since I don’t swim or bike, I’m talking specifically about running but this question applies to any event/race in … Continue reading
Man! Have I missed the boat with trail running or WHAT?! This weekend I went trail running for the first time ever. I’ve hiked, snowshoed and skied trails but never run ‘em. But now I’m jumping squarely on the Trail … Continue reading