August 28, 2012 2:18 PM Subscribe
Please recommend books or blogs that document full/near-full recovery and rehabilitation after an injury.
posted by mimo to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've led a moderately active life (hiking, regular gym visits, etc.), so I was a little surprised when five months of intensive boot camp/kickboxing classes eventually brought to light that I've been living more than 10 years without an ACL in my right knee. It was only when I was doing a lot of jumping and pivoting that I even noticed it was gone.
I was really enjoying the increased physical activity; so, rather than returning to my former easy-going ways, I've decided to get my knee fixed while I'm still relatively young and healthy. My surgery is quickly approaching and I'm starting to freak out a little about going from being fairly able-bodied to an extended period of imposed disability and painful rehab.
My understanding is that the initial recovery to basic getting around will be relatively quick, but that full recovery to roundhouse kicks may take up to six months. I'm worried about keeping up my morale and motivation for rehab for more than the basics. If I go through all this pain and inconvenience and just end up back sitting on the couch, I won't have really gained much.
I'd be interested in reading books or blogs about/by individuals who experienced a serious injury but were still able to return to an active life or a high level of athletic performance. I'm looking for some inspiration to keep me going when things get tough.