I’ve been struggling with knee issues for the last two years, but this last October was when it really came to a head and started causing quite a bit of pain. We were 6 miles in to a 12mile RT hike up to Bluebird Lake, when my knee felt like it went pop, and I couldn’t continue up the last 10th of a mile to the lake. After it didn’t heal with in two weeks, I made an appointment with my sports medicine doctor, who sent me to 6 weeks of PT.
I appeared to be making some progress, and purchased a knee brace to help when I went hiking, x country skiing, etc. The doctor told me that if it still hurt in mid Feb to come back, and we would check it out again.
It still hurt, so I made an appointment- and they compared my x-rays from October, and March. She thought something might be floating around, like a bone chip- so she ordered an MRI. Turns out that it wasn’t a bone chip or anything wrong with ligaments or my meniscus- It was deep bone bruising and swelling on the lower mid of my knee.
They are doing some sort of Gel injections into my knee to pad it so I can get back out there, but it means 2 months without hiking, mountaineering, and fun snow conditions. This upset me a bit, but I can rock climb- as long as there is no approach, and I can ride a bike. Which are all amazing things, and can keep my cardio up!
So, in the mean time, I hope to work on lots of projects, read books, go camping, rock climb, and maybe even some cycling. But in the meantime- here are some photos from my last x country ski trip up to Bakers Tank, off of Boreas Pass.
Looking forward to May, when I can get back out!