I was moving an appliance down a couple of steps to load into my truck, and managed to dislocate my knee, tearing a muscle in the process. The good news is that I most likely won’t need surgery. The bad news? Well, that muscle tear means I’m in a full leg brace that immobilizes the knee joint for a month.
So while I’m off the couch finally, hobbling around on crutches (or my canes, as my eldest daughter likes to tease me) it’s still pretty tough to do much of anything. In a month I get to graduate to a flexible brace for another couple months. It remains to be seen how much mobility I’ll have with that one. My wife has been fantastic through this, picking up the slack for the things I can’t do, but I know she’ll be happy when I can do more!
In any case, this got me thinking about what we’d do if a similar injury happened during an emergency situation. I’ve moved appliances literally hundreds of times with no injury. But something about this time was different and now I’m down for months. Something simple and mundane just flat out went wrong. In an emergency situation this could have serious consequences beyond the massive inconvenience it poses now.
I’ll tell you right now, we don’t have much in the way of orthopedic hardware such as braces, etc. A couple of them, sure, but nothing with a coherent plan. This is a problem we’re going to have to resolve. Without proper treatment I’d be in a world of hurt. The muscle probably wouldn’t ever heal correctly.
I don’t have the solution here, but I’ll certainly be working on it! If you have already thought this through for yourselves, share with the group in the comments below!