On Tuesday morning January 1, 2013, I was going through Mission Park here in Albuquerque at about 7:20 in the morning and listening to the Book of Exodus from the Bible From 30,000 Feet series by Pastor Skip Heitzig. He was saying how Moses had spent 40 years trying to be someone, 40 years being a no one and then he would spend another 40 years being someone.
It was about 22 degrees and I had earphones on and a cap over my head covering my ears, but I heard a crack like a snapping branch and I couldn’t take another step. Eventually, I found out that it was a “complete radial tear through the posterior horn of the medial meniscus at the meniscal root”. That’s a mouthful and I can sum it up with two words – pain and an inconvenience for sure.
Six months later, I am running every other day and built up to doing 5 miles today. I can’t say that I really have any pain during the run or after and there is no swelling. I just know that something feels, and this is the best way that I can put it, “not right”.
How did it get better? In the beginning, before I had a diagnosis, I had a brace and was on crutches. At 10 days, when I got the first diagnosis of a radial tear of the medial meniscus, I was already off the crutches and stopped using the brace. Although I’ve never had a setback, I’ve been cautious and read and researched and basically did what I would with any injury. The real breakthrough for me was when one of the Dennis Chavez Elementary Running Club dads said that he would look at my scan. Dr. Meek is a radiologist at Radiology Associates here in Albuquerque and he gave me the long version of the diagnosis (above). After running a little with him at practice for a few weeks, he finally said, “I’d go for it. It must be healing.” That’s all that I needed to hear and thanks to him, I started running every other day and going a little bit farther and faster and got to where I am today.
I don’t know how I am able to run now. Other than being cautious, I only did two things – I prayed and I started taking Beachbody Joint Support. This is probably where you stop reading because you want real ways to heal your meniscus, but I prayed and the only thing that I took was the glucosamine, collagen type II, and MSM in Joint Support. Click here to learn more about Joint Support and if you want to learn more about praying, click here.