This post was originally published on Jan 29, 2018
Stem cell technology is incredible! What is possible blows my mind. Keeping my mind clear and my heart bright with possibility. And super grateful to my many years of yoga practice. Years of handstands and arm balances are coming in handy! Super strong arms/shoulders/back are helping me in and out of any seated position.
This was my third stem cell treatment. My first was in July (PRP/Fat graft/Bone Marrow.) Second was in October (just PRP.) This third treatment wasn’t expected, but because I partially tore my ACL when I got slammed at the dog park in early January, I now had a new injury on top of my old ones, so I had another treatment.
For those of you asking, a few deets….
My stem cell treatment was delayed, from Friday to yesterday due to the doc having a family emergency. So I’m not even 24hrs post procedure, yet…
As expected, I am feeling worse before I will feel better. Pain. Increased swelling. Decreased mobility. Not exactly fun, but all for the good in the long run. And IMHO, better than surgery and a fake knee.
And funky deets, for those who like the medical process:
Doc put in some of the extra extracted tissue (PRP/PPP/fat graft/bone marrow) back into my patella joint. My knee is huge and now makes a gurgly/bubbly/squishy sound whenever I move it from extension to flexion after a period of rest. Imagine the the sound your stomach makes sometimes, expect coming from your knee. < W E I R D >
The size of the needle for the bone marrow extraction was huge. It blew my mind at how deep the doc had to go into my body (I asked her to show me the needle afterwards. I wasn’t viewing it as it happened.)
Seeing my partially torn ACL move on the ultrasound when it shouldn’t be moving was also kinda cool.
I’ll stop there. The rest is too bloody for social media.