The training staff did not know what exactly was wrong with my knee, so I hobbled around all weekend awaiting my doctor’s appointment Monday morning, when I learned that I would need an MRI. Luckily, I was able to get my MRI done that very night, and have it read the next morning. I found out that I had torn my lateral meniscus and would be needing surgery. Of course there were options – I could wait it out, hope that some of the pain and swelling went down in the next two weeks, and then try to get out on the field as often and for as long as I could tolerate. However, my doctor warned me that I would probably be in an immense amount of pain, and that I would be needing surgery eventually anyway. So, with two hours to make my decision I consulted my parents, coaches, athletic trainer, and teammates, and came to the conclusion that surgery was the best option for me. It was scheduled for the very next day.
Secondly, I am extremely thankful that it was just my meniscus. With this particular injury, I am looking at a three to four week recovery if all goes as planned. So, although this was not necessarily part of my vision of my senior season, it could be a lot worse. I have a goal of making it back for the last five games of conference play, followed by playoffs.
Now a full week out of surgery, I am happy to say that I am recovering and on my way to being back out on the field. My main focus is to stay positive. Sometimes in life there are curve balls, and this is just one of them. I can’t wait to see what the next few weeks hold for me and my team, as I cheer them on from the sideline.