Surgery And Other Things On My Mind Tonite

2 weeks from tomorrow I'll have surgery to repair my torn meniscus. 

Until then, am getting around on crutches and trying not to fall. I'm the type that can't walk & chew gum at the same time. Have tripped myself several times whilst crutching around but I am starting to get the hang of it. Which is good, cause I'll be on crutches for at least another month.  Maybe I should find some purple cloth & glitter & ribbons and festoon my crutches?

I've always liked the word "festooned" :-)

I'll be out of work for 10 - 14 days and in rehab right after surgery. Promised myself I'm gonna make an adventure out of this.

My surgeon has warned me that my knee won't be 100% perfect but I can't help but wonder what will be viable and what will be off-limits.  I already know running is on the forbidden list. I tried running about 20 different times in my life...at one point I hired a friend that was an ultramarathoner to help me train to run a marathon. Shin splints put an end to that effort. I remember her telling me after yet one more aborted training session that not everyone was meant to run and not to take it personally.  But I did and I do and a part of me will always wonder if I had pushed harder could I have completed a marathon?

That whole 'shoulda woulda coulda' phase is on my mind. What could I have accomplished in my life if I didn't give up?  I honestly don't know. Sometimes I wonder if I'm my own biggest roadblock to success?

Obviously a lot of  "what if's" in Kathyland this week.

What about you? What have you stopped pursuing that you sorta kinda wish you hadn't? Professional? Physical? Personal? Emotional?

I'm also all ears about your experiences of having knee/meniscus surgery. How fast did it take you to recover? What was your rehab like? How long before you could walk safely without crutches? What amount of pain did you have and how did you manage it? (Note - I hate to swallow big pills and would rather put up with pain than do the pill thing). How did you keep yourself busy while you were in rehab?

Kath has questions...do you have answers??  :-)