Close to eight years ago I injured my Anterior Cruciate Ligament in my right knee, playing football of something. In a nutshell, eight years later (five days ago) I had surgery to replace what was left of my old ligament with a new one (that really is the nutshell because medically it is more complicated than that). The reason for getting this surgery now was because my knee was no longer stable enough for me to enjoy running (my favorite pass time). Since Tuesday afternoon I have been laying in bed with my leg elevated with an ice pace around my knee. Getting up only to use the restroom and officiate at a memorial service. Needless to say I needed help to get out of bed for both. The following is a list of things that I now realize I have taken for granted since getting out of bed takes much more effort than before.
1. I miss not being able to get up on my own strength to use the restroom, go to the kitchen, reset my wireless internet router, get a drink of water…
2. I miss not being able to drive anywhere. I just got my car back from the auto body shop. I was in an accident three weeks ago (not my fault) and I got my car back the day after surgery. I cannot drive anywhere.
3. I miss being independent. I now need a ride anywhere I want to go. I feel like I am twelve years old again.
4. I miss running, going to the gym, and walking to my mail box.
5. I miss showers!
6. I miss going to Anazao (refer to post titled “The Coffee House to End All Coffee Houses”).
7. I miss going to the movies, the mall and restaurants.
What would you miss? Ahh, the truly examined life!