The life and times of the Godfrey ten.

Apparently, popping and locking refers to the knees in hip hop dancing.

Alli finally had the surgery on her bum knee last Monday. We were praying that her meniscus would not be torn, but alas it was. So not only was her ACL ripped, but her meniscus was a messiscus (latin for mess). Good news, she has pretty blue stitches, as you can see from the photos, in her meniscus. More good news, she didn’t have to use a muscle from a cadaver, which we all thought was slightly disturbing, but common from what I hear. She got to use a part of her own hamstring. We know it would be good for something some day. Bad news, because of the torn meniscus, surgery went from 1 1/2 hrs. to 3 1/2 hrs. and recovery time is now extended to six weeks, there goes her plans to jog a marathon this fall with Steph. I guess she can always shoot for next year.

Tra spent all day at the hospital, good times.

Tra spent all day at the hospital, good times.

right after she got out of post op, still sleeping, lazy girl

right after she got out of post op, still sleeping, lazy girl

does that say right knee? Uh oh......

does that say right knee? Uh oh......

Alli surgery 121 with notes_619x480

In this family we have basketball, football, and soccer players. We have boys who have airsoft battles, jump off the deck, do flips and such on the trampoline, we have snowboarders, sledders, and daredevil bike riders. But the on that really messes up her knee is the one that does none of the above, just a little ballet with a side of hip hop. Maybe she had a little too much hop in her hip. Now that she took out a little hamstring, she has a little less hip to hop with.

finally awake and sooooo happy!!

finally awake and sooooo happy!!

I knew she was fine because the first words out of her mouth were, " I'm going to throw that camera at you" followed by "Daddy can I use your iphone?"

I knew she was fine because the first words out of her mouth were, " I'm going to throw that camera at you" followed by "Daddy can I use your iphone?"

I need to heap some praise on my wife. During this week she has had to been at Alli’s beck and call, and she knows how to beck quite well. She has served as both her legs, taken her to the bathroom 32 times a day, from her new make shift bed to the couch and back, filled her cooler and generally done everything for her, except chew her food. Did I mention she did this while also watching an extra three kids for three days? She is pretty phenomenal in my book and we are very lucky to have her. I wonder if I was to have surgery on my knee, how well she would respond to my beck and call? I have a strange feeling the experience would not be as pleasant as it appears. Besides, my hamstring is 40 years old and well used, so I’d have to go the cadaver route, and I like my muscles fresh.

Her new bionic knee, she'll be dancing with the stars in no time with this thing.

Her new bionic knee, she'll be dancing with the stars in no time with this thing.

Her new bedroom for the next 6 weeks. I like what she has done with the place.

Her new bedroom for the next 6 weeks. I like what she has done with the place.

Alli really wants to thank those of you that sent flowers and especially those who visited, she is really bored, and slightly annoying at times. But not with friends, just family.

6 responses

  1. alli

    Thanks dad…..

    July 5, 2009 at 5:26 pm

  2. drama88

    Im 16 had the same surgery 2 weeks ago. but i didnt get the pretty brace she got my doctor felt that for the sports i play the brace could effect my quad getting better. Ya i dont know in her case but like in it showed that the minmeniscuse was not messed up. But the doctor says MRI cant always see that because of all the fluid in the knee. He told me that there was no torn minmeniscuse but of course when he goes in he sees that it is. If i may ask how did she stay over night in the hosptial. cause mine was a out paitient. I went in at noon and was out at 6pm

    July 14, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    • She didn’t spend the night, but her surgery took much longer than anticipated. Recovery seems to be a long road too. She will appreciate knowing someone else has gone thru the same thing. Sorry for the short answer, but this from my phone.

      July 14, 2009 at 4:43 pm

  3. sportsmom

    My daughter had ACL (hamstring graft)/meniscus surgery April 2009 and at this point (Aug 2009) she has started to jog lightly, move in controlled situations on the volleyball court and only has limited swelling….no pain at all. Physio is extremely important!!! Do everything that they tell you to do and then do it again and again! Ice, ice, ice!!! All the best to you, you’ll be up and dancing again in no time!

    August 28, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    • Thanks for the great info. Alli is doing well so far , walking normally but not running. Dance is out this year, but maybe next year. It’s good to know she can heal that quickly. She is at a David Archeletta concert tonight, so she can’t be that bad. Again thx for Info, we really appreciate feedback.

      August 28, 2009 at 7:18 pm

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