home
RSS
January 21st, 2011
12:07 PM ET

Soledad O'Brien: ACL is doing fine, thanks

Watch as CNN's Soledad O'Brien  undergoes surgery to repair her torn knee ligments, as Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains  this and other types of knee surgery on a special edition of "SGMD," Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m. ET

I’m limping today—that’s typical I am discovering, on the days when it’s cloudy and dreary. My knee swells and all the progress I think I’ve been making since my knee surgery back on October 22 seems to evaporate. I hobble up and down stairs like an old lady.

For the most part, though, my surgery has been an unqualified success. I have five scars that run across my knee. One of them is a tiny incision where the doctors put a camera in so that I could view the damage to my mangled ligaments: a completely torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and damaged MCL and LCL as well (As you can see, I’ve become a bit of an expert in knee acronyms). My meniscus (knee cartilage) also has a major tear in it, and is now held together with two stitches.

There’s a two-inch vertical slash where Dr. Laith Jazrawi re-inserted cadaver tissue that now serves my new ACL. The other scars are smaller, but still visible. But considering the pretty monumental damage I suffered when I fell off my horse in early October, I’m happy with the incisions, which people barely notice.

How to give your knees some TLC

The surgery was fast—and I was so sedated doctors had to keep poking me to wake up and pay attention as they scoped my knee. Friends think I’m strange for wanting to see what the inside of my knee looked like, but I was a pre-med student long ago, and gross medical procedures intrigue me—especially in my own body. And ultimately, it wasn’t that gross. My damaged knee looked like shredded pasta.

What surprised me the most was the lack of blood and gore. It looked downright sterile. Immediately after the surgery my doctor put me in the greatest contraption known to mankind—the Game Ready. It’s an electric ice pack-slash-compression machine that was the only way to manage the pain and bring down the swelling that stretched from my ankle to my thigh. I had a giant bottle of Percocet too, but stopped taking drugs within a day—I hated the feeling of drowsiness.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: What you need to know about  knee replacement

My biggest problem—managing the crutches, since I couldn’t put any pressure at all on my left foot. The crutches chafed me under my arms, and meant my days sprinting through airports en route to shoots were over. I kept traveling, but at a snail’s pace. TSA employees patted me down, head to toe, every leg of my trip. I was advised (thank you, Sanjay) to take physical therapy seriously, and I did. That meant I was off crutches after four weeks, and off my cane two weeks later. I’m still clunking slowly as I go up and down stairs, but my physical therapist swears I will be running in February and back on the horse that threw me, in April.

The upsides-seven weeks total on crutches gave me amazing arm muscles! And I’ve gotten more aggressive about working out. I’m signing up for a sprint distance triathlon this summer (early June), mostly to motivate myself to get through physical therapy and not give up.

Post by:
Filed under: Cancer

soundoff (524 Responses)
  1. dating membership

    http://www.octopusreview.com/redirect.php?url=https://mastermindformen.com

    May 4, 2021 at 14:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. RV Upholstery Riverside

    https://miet.ru/bitrix/redirect.php?goto=https://ocrvmotorsports.us

    May 4, 2021 at 15:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. roadtrek zion

    https://image.google.pn/url?sa=j&url=https://fleetrepairshops.com

    May 4, 2021 at 16:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. RV Remodel Riverside

    An intriguing discussion is definitely worth comment. I think that you should publish more about this subject matter, it might not be a taboo matter but typically people do not discuss these subjects. To the next! Cheers!!

    https://www.sakamath.com/guestbook/screen.php?tcerider=ocrvmotorcoachsales.com

    May 4, 2021 at 17:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. how to play on private aika server

    https://clients1.google.ie/url?q=j&source=web&rct=j&url=https://aikareborn.com

    May 5, 2021 at 02:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. aika online review

    Great site you have here.. It’s difficult to find quality writing like yours nowadays. I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

    https://local.google.no/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://aikareborn.com

    May 5, 2021 at 07:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. RV Bathroom Riverside

    Everything is very open with a very clear description of the issues. It was definitely informative. Your site is very useful. Thanks for sharing!

    https://clients1.google.cm/url?rct=t&sa=t&url=https://theocrv.com

    May 5, 2021 at 07:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. cargo van repair

    https://map.google.com.hk/url?sa=j&rct=j&url=https://fleetautorepairshop.com

    May 5, 2021 at 08:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. emergency truck repair near me

    Saved as a favorite, I love your website!

    https://images.google.bs/url?q=j&sa=t&url=https://fleetvehiclerepairshop.com

    May 5, 2021 at 09:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. RV Supplies Orange County

    Good info. Lucky me I ran across your site by accident (stumbleupon). I have book-marked it for later!

    http://www.cps.srodmiescie.warszawa.pl/wp-content/themes/cps/change-colors.php?colors=contrast&ref=http3A2F2Focrv.vip

    May 5, 2021 at 12:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. arbys near me

    Hi, There's no doubt that your site might be having web browser compatibility problems. Whenever I look at your site in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in I.E., it's got some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to give you a quick heads up! Besides that, excellent site!

    http://ceksini.info/track/link?to=http://rvcollisionrepairpaintshop.com

    May 5, 2021 at 20:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. RV Center Los Angeles

    https://map.google.co.ao/url?q=j&source=web&rct=j&url=https://ocrvcenter.info

    May 5, 2021 at 23:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. mercedes benz metris cargo van

    Good post. I am dealing with many of these issues as well..

    https://cse.google.com.py/url?sa=t&rct=j&url=https://fleetautorepairshop.com

    May 6, 2021 at 04:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. boba near me

    https://www.oslosportslager.no/kelkoo/tradedoubler_redirect.aspx?url=http://www.orangecountykoiponds.com

    May 6, 2021 at 17:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. motorhome body repair

    https://mp3prof.com/video/–JqyaAhUYU

    May 6, 2021 at 17:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Forklift Parts Los Angeles

    https://iztube.ru/video/AqKsrYoEmy0

    May 6, 2021 at 18:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Who Sells Kegs Of Beer Near Me

    https://clients1.google.az/url?sa=t&rct=j&url=https://allbrewsupplies.com

    May 6, 2021 at 18:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Forklift Repair Shop

    https://map.google.com.bd/url?sa=j&url=https://wildwestlifttrucks.com

    May 6, 2021 at 22:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. บาคาร่า

    I read this article fully on the topic of the comparison of
    hottest and previous technologies, it's remarkable article.

    May 6, 2021 at 23:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. landscapers near me

    https://go.onelink.me/v1xd?pid=Patch&c=Mobile Footer&af_web_dp=http://www.forkliftrentalorangecounty.com

    May 7, 2021 at 04:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. horse trailer restoration

    I blog often and I seriously thank you for your content. This great article has truly peaked my interest. I am going to bookmark your site and keep checking for new details about once a week. I subscribed to your Feed as well.

    https://vine-vine.tk/video/vHejOgQNv30

    May 7, 2021 at 06:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Forklift Service Near Me

    I like it when folks come together and share views. Great website, stick with it!

    https://secure.action.news/watch?v=1HedKj07rg4

    May 7, 2021 at 09:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Wine Near Me Now

    Your style is very unique compared to other people I've read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this web site.

    https://maps.google.lt/url?q=j&rct=j&url=https3A2F2Fallbrewsupplies.com&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGaY_nlK9ozc51fqwjiVdMaYZL7rg

    May 7, 2021 at 09:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Forklift For Sale California

    https://cse.google.az/url?sa=i&source=web&rct=j&url=https3A2F2Fforkliftsforsalenearme.com&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGaY_nlK9ozc51fqwjiVdMaYZL7rg

    May 7, 2021 at 15:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. acupuncture near me

    Can I simply say what a comfort to discover an individual who truly knows what they are talking about over the internet. You definitely understand how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people really need to check this out and understand this side of the story. I was surprised that you are not more popular since you definitely have the gift.

    http://misssc.isinproduction.com/Redirect.aspx?destination=https://www.zealouslifestyle.com

    May 7, 2021 at 15:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. generator repair san diego

    http://filmiki.keep.pl/index.php?v=M2geoKY838g

    May 7, 2021 at 20:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Video Marketing Company

    http://www.hrbinc.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 7, 2021 at 23:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. rv batteries near me

    That is a good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere. Simple but very accurate information… Appreciate your sharing this one. A must read article!

    http://campuscirclemedia.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.com

    May 7, 2021 at 23:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Internet Marketing Help

    I could not resist commenting. Well written!

    http://clickmedia.lunni360.fi/stat/?ajid=272&to=http://affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 02:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Video Marketing Specialist

    https://www.dailybasis.com/te3/out.php?url=https://www.affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 12:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Social Media Marketing Ideas

    http://vitagevity.org/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 13:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Video Marketing Orange County

    https://www.5.9.44.78/Account/ChangeCulture?lang=ru&returnUrl=https://www.affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 14:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. rv furniture store

    This is the right website for anybody who would like to find out about this topic. You know so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I personally would want to…HaHa). You definitely put a fresh spin on a subject that has been written about for years. Excellent stuff, just excellent!

    https://www.shanghaiairport.com/ADClick.aspx?SiteID=20&ADID=1&URL=https://ocrvcenter.com

    May 8, 2021 at 14:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Digital Marketing Agency Orange County

    A fascinating discussion is definitely worth comment. I believe that you need to publish more about this subject matter, it might not be a taboo subject but usually people do not speak about these subjects. To the next! All the best!!

    https://naturalfashion.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 8, 2021 at 15:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. RV Kitchen Los Angeles

    When I initially left a comment I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the same comment. Perhaps there is an easy method you can remove me from that service? Many thanks!

    https://gza.short.gy/8RwpXj

    May 8, 2021 at 20:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. RV Restoration California

    I really love your website.. Great colors & theme. Did you build this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m wanting to create my own site and want to learn where you got this from or exactly what the theme is named. Appreciate it!

    https://oke.io/9t6XwM

    May 9, 2021 at 00:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Digital Marketing Quotes

    https://www.chemalda.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 00:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Digital Marketing Event

    Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thank you, However I am going through problems with your RSS. I don’t know why I cannot subscribe to it. Is there anybody else having the same RSS problems? Anybody who knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

    http://www.mfitness.ru/bitrix/rk.php?goto=http://affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 03:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. RV Driver Seats California

    http://pheecith.com/9QTl

    May 9, 2021 at 08:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Video Marketing Services

    http://amerisbank.world/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 14:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Social Media Marketing Event

    https://www.newtonpowell.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 16:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Social Media Marketing Masters

    https://marketing-depot.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 16:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Seo Marketing Experts

    It’s nearly impossible to find educated people for this topic, however, you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

    https://jasmine-psychic.org/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 16:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Content Marketing Pictures

    This blog was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something that helped me. Thanks a lot!

    https://www.boguchar-pamyat.ru/redirect?url=https://affordableranking.com

    May 9, 2021 at 18:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Digital Marketing Quotes

    http://www.wwx.tw/debug/frm-s/affordableranking.com/debug/frm-s/www.ed-shop02.ru

    May 9, 2021 at 19:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. RV Countertops Near Me

    Pretty! This was a really wonderful post. Thanks for providing this info.

    https://virusscan.jotti.org/cookies-ok?redirect=http://ocrvcenter.com

    May 9, 2021 at 19:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Internet Marketing Businesses

    When I initially commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the exact same comment. Perhaps there is an easy method you can remove me from that service? Thanks!

    http://mikumano.net/links/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=39&url=http://affordableranking.com

    May 10, 2021 at 20:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Video Marketing Company

    Very good post. I definitely appreciate this website. Keep writing!

    http://www.jalight.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 11, 2021 at 01:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Social Media Marketing Reviews

    I really like it when folks get together and share views. Great blog, continue the good work!

    https://www.weerstationkempen.be/template/scripts/sharer.php?url=https://www.affordableranking.com

    May 11, 2021 at 03:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Digital Marketing Event

    http://a1dampproofingsolutions.co.uk/redirect.php?url=http://affordableranking.com

    May 11, 2021 at 03:33 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.