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.
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.
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.
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.