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Old 06-24-2014, 01:26 PM   #7
SA mom
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I am 5 weeks post op ACL reconstruction. We are due in WDW in 3 weeks. I am extremely nervous about the trip because I still don't have my strength back. I injured the knee in February and had worked up to walking 3.5-5 miles a day prior to the surgery plus doing tons of upper body in anticipation of crutches. Even with that amount of conditioning, my leg (my whole body) is still weak.

At 5 days post op, the doc threw away the crutches. At 2 weeks, I entered physical therapy. Swelling was still a big issue and continues to be even 5 weeks out.

The thing is that we think these surgeries are no big thing, but the chances are re-injury in the weeks afterward are quite high. I slipped on a french fry a few weeks ago in a restaurant. Thank God I had my brace on. Yes, the knee cap is bruised, but the graft is still in tact.

Also, the water parks do not allow you on many attractions with a brace on. So, I've come to the realization that this will be a different trip from the rest. I will not be able to be my usual theme park commando self.

If she isn't in pain, I would put off the surgery until after the trip. I would have, knowing what I know now.
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