The fall out from myÂ injury is still reverberating through the household. But no one has suffered more than Rosie. Â Especially the short 2-3 mile running bursts we would take together four times a week.
One of the bright spots, recently, was that theÂ stem cell shot actually did allow my MCL to regenerate — without the need for surgery. So, while I will still need surgery on the ACL, that shot, in the long run, was worth it. Â Part of the healing process of the stem cell shot involved “locking” my leg in one position for several weeks. Obviously, atrophy set in while the MCL regenerated. Now, I am in the very painful and slow process of building muscle tissue back, and increasing flexibility. Once the leg is strong again, I will be ready for ACL surgery
As part of the rebuilding phase, my doctor recommended ten minutes on the bike each day, to help increase range of motion. Â So, imagine Rosie’s elated surprise to see me pull out my trusty running shoes and put them on.
Elated, she sat by my side as I tied the shoes. When I stood up and started walking… But instead of heading for the door, I went downstairs. Â She followed… All the way to the stationary bike, where she got comfortable and was my cycling companion.