Well, yes, cjw - it's confirmed. My football days are *definitely* over. And I thought I'd get a ring this year for sure. Damn.
YIKES!! sf, now my LEFT leg hurts in sympathy for you. I can't imagine being cast like that. The doc was going to cast my lower leg because of the broken ankle but agreed to let me work with a walking boot and crutches. I might still consider the lower leg cast but can't imagine a full-leg cast. Your ordeal sounds like it was painful.
darin - Thanks for the encouragement. I plan to move quickly with this. Another reason why I wanted help with questions. I don't want to dawdle at all. My knee is so unstable that I cannot walk without knee brace and crutches (in addition to the boot for the ankle!) [I'm a mess right now ]
bonnzo - The research I've done this week seems to indicate that my primary choices will be either pulling my own patella tendons or using cadaver components (achilles tendon, I believe). I'm glad you mentioned you current thoughts of using cadaver. If those are my only two options, I'm about 60% leaning toward cadaver - but it kinda creeps me out ...
Gumby - Good point. I'm already achy from the crutches and the fall I took in the bathroom on Monday. I'm going to ask if there is anything I can do to mitigate the displasia. Maybe more drugs?? (I need to review what meds I can mix - added to my list now.)
Mrs McDuckett - I will definitely ask about possible complications. I like to start getting my head around those possibilities now so we can move forward more quickly. I just want *done* with this already...!!
And it's only been 12 days.
Well, I definitely know what I will *not* be doing this summer.
Thanks for all your contributions. It helps me alot.
I meet with the surgeon tomorrow afternoon. I hope to post some more when I get home.