Fresh Air Photos air each morning at 7:10 on BT. Usually when you check in here - you are able to get fun facts about the photo, photograper and location. But because I tripped, fell and damaged my right knee – I am out of commission for a few weeks. They tell me it is a torn meniscus, and that a simple surgery will have me back up and running faster than I can ask: ‘how will you repair my torn meniscus?’
MENISCUS 101: Meet your menuscus! Most people (laymen’s terms) call the menisci knee ‘cartilages’. We have 2 of them – the lateral and medial menisci, and both are quite useful! They disperse the weight of our body and reduce friction during movement. My tear is “medial”. Medial refers to the portion of the knee toward the midline of the body-the inside portion of the knee between the legs. “Lateral” refers to the outside portion of the knee, away from the midline of the body. Since it plays such an important role in the knee, it is best to save as much of the meniscus as possible. A partial meniscectomy involves removing only the torn piece of the meniscus – the undamaged portion of the meniscus remains in place. This procedure is typically performed arthroscopically. A small shaver is used to remove the torn part of the meniscus.
I am bound and determined to strengthen and stretch my way back to health as soon as possible. That means I’ll re-join my BT buddies: Bridget, Ryan, Carla, Courtney, Tanara, and Sunny on Tuesday, May 21st! See you then.