The Surgery

04Mar10

My knee surgery was supposed to define the date of a structural change in my life, shedding the notion of not living up to my potential. It was supposed to be the final chapter in a year-long struggle to return from my first knee injury.

Unfortunately, surgeons diagnosed me with what prior to surgery was assumed to be the worst-case scenario. Unlike expected, the medial meniscus tear diagnosed in an MRI prior to surgery could not be repaired. Additionally, another seperate tear of the medial meniscus was identified. Finally, the meniscal tears must have occured much longer ago than previously assumed. The existance of the meniscal tears have led to damage of the knee’s cartilage.

The surgeons were further unable to immediately repair the ACL. They found the bone structures surrounding the drill holes from the previous ACL surgery to be inflammed and deteriorated. Subsequently, the surgeons had to remove the deteriorated bone leaving holes almost 2cm in diameter in both tibia and femur. Surgeons had to transplant pieces of bone from my pelvic bone into the femur and tibia. Only after 6 months will the transplantation result in a bone structure stable enough to perform the ACL reconstruction.

Clearly, this was not what I had expected or hoped for. Regardless, these occurances have not changed my determination to improve my life. While I will most likely never be able to return to football I am no less determined to work towards a healthy and attractive physique. Since I am taken the opportunity of winning another national championship in football I am even more determined to work harder at building an exceptional career.

I was realeased from hospital today and am feeling pretty well already. I am positive I can ditch the crutches in a couple of days and will be starting rehab next week.

“The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory”

– Vince Lombardi

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The assessment

28Feb10

Tomorrow I am headed to the hospital to undergo surgery to reconstruct my ACL for the 2nd time and repair a complex tear in my medial meniscus.

Today, I am taking measurements and pictures allowing me to track my progress. While I view this challenge, as an opportunity to recommit to excellence in all areas of my life including particularly academics, this blog will focus on the physical changes I am trying to achieve.

Therefore, I have set specific goals I want to have reached by 31-Dec 2010:

  • <= 10% bodyfat
  • Squat (ATG) 315 lbs
  • Bench Press 225 lbs
  • Deadlift 350 lbs
  • Clean 205 lbs
  • 40yd dash below 5.0s
  • Bulletproof knees

Body stats today:

  • Bodyfat: 21% (using caliper & 3-site method)
  • Weight: 186 lbs
  • Hips: 105cm
  • Waist: 92cm
  • Thigh left: 54cm / right: 58cm
  • Calves left: 38cm / right: 39cm

Upper Body:

Comparison of legs (right -vs- left):

“Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal”

– Vince Lombardi




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