Donnerstag, 17. Juli 2014

Rehab phase V: pumping, squatting, proteins

I have been walking without crutches for almost a month now. I'm going to the gym pretty much every day in between studying sessions and my physical therapist sometimes is the only person I talk to all day. My life is awesome! 
Seriously, working out is going well, although it's incredible how fast you lose muscle mass after surgery and how much time and effort it takes to regain it. In order to support my muscles I try to eat as healthily as I can. You know, proteins and stuff. Plus, I have completely passed on alcohol for now, which is very helpful to the process, I can really tell.
Since I hate selfies, especially work-out-selfies, this post is a little minimalistic, sorry. If you want to see me, call me in september. Until then, I'm gonna be in my comfortable studying-working-out-eating-sleeping-bubble.

Freitag, 16. Mai 2014

REHAB Phase VI: Surgery! Finally!

After 6 months of ups and downs, of working out, physical therapy, finally being able to ride again, but also of disappointments: instability of the knee, pain and swelling and worsening symptoms resulting from my meniscal tear, I decided to get my knee fixed for the third time.
Right now, I'm home after 5 painful but still relaxing days in the hospital (my former employer Spital Uster), resting and only going out for physical therapy twice a week, or maybe for some lectures at University.

(Yes, the black band-aid is a tattoo, which ironically, I had done about 3 months prior to the accident. It was supposed to protect my knee from exactly that to happen again. Damn you, superstition!)

I don't regret not having surgery right away, I had a couple of really awesome weeks on my snowboard that otherwise would never have happened (Snowpark Laax). Plus, all my travels wouldn't have been possible. In my opinion, I chose exactly the right time to have surgery: Final exams are coming up in August and not being able to go out and party, to go swimming and tanning at Zürich's beautiful beaches is probably best for me at this moment.

Next season, I'll hopefully be ready to shred again! Gonna be mucho fun!

If you're interested, this is a video of the surgery that was performed on me (in German: Vordere Kreuzbandplastik (Patellarsehne) und mediale Meniskusnaht). To me, this is beautiful work!

Montag, 17. Februar 2014

REHAB Phase V: YOLOing

Not many words needed. Check out the video.

ACL Rehab 2014 from Gina Somaini on Vimeo.

Also, I have been travelling to Texas and Louisiana, have dyed my hair blue and become a hipster. Plus, powder!

Freitag, 10. Januar 2014

REHAB Phase IV: Curnius all day. CT in Feb.

My knee feels really good right now. I've been riding the "P60" aka Curnius park in Laax (=lots of rails and creative obstacles) and haven't had pain or swelling in my knee at all. Although I'm still not giving a 100%, I can have so much fun with just safe jibbing!

Today, I had a doctor's appointment. Turns out I have to go get a CT first (an image of my knee that's similar to the MRI I had in september but is more accurate to analyse the bone structures). If the "hole" in my bone from my last operation turns out to be too big, it has to be filled again, which means that after a kind of bone-filling operation I would have to wait another 6 months for my actual operation, meaning the ACL-re-transplantation, which also has a recovery time of 6-9 months. It would really be a never-ending story so please keep your fingers crossed that the bone-filling operation wont be necessary and they can use the old drill canal for the new ACL!

No matter how the CT turns out, I will finish my season in Laax and have a good time just cruising around! Of course, physio and working out still is almost as important as snowboarding itself.

Last week, I had my last day of work so now I'm only snowboarding, studying and traveling. Off to Houston, Texas next week!

Happy times!

PS: I feel bad for Lindsey for having to give up on her ACL-less season. I wish her all the best for her next surgery and hope my experience will turn out better.

Samstag, 28. Dezember 2013

REHAB Phase III: hitting the slopes, Lindsey Vonn

I can´t even believe it myself: I´m back in the snow! As my rehab is going really well and I haven´t felt any pain or instability in weeks I thought I would give it a try and hit  the slopes. It felt really good, almost natural and I´m loving the new Never Summer Onyx board!
I will have to take this into consideration when I´ll be talking about surgery with my doctor soon. I still have to undergo surgery, otherwise I should just about register for a knee prothesis in five years. However, finishing the season first, or at least a part of it, has become my plan A at the moment.
Also, I have some other stuff planned, like trips to the USA, Jamaica and Istanbul. I´m sure this will help me not to get overexcited about snowboarding (and maybe go for it too hard) and also enjoy other things in life. This summer, I will have a lot of studying to do since my final (yes, final final) exams are coming up and if all goes well, I can call myself a doctor in about 9 months!

This might sound weird, but there´s one athlete who has had a huge impact on me this last 3 months. Lindsey Vonn, one of the best alpine skiers at the moment also re-ruptured her ACL and is now finishing her season without an ACL with the humble goal of winning the olympics. I admit, there are only tiny parallels between her and me but she´s still a huge inspiration and I really believe that I can still hit a few rails on P60 this season! Thanks Lindsey. And thanks Don Joy!

Montag, 21. Oktober 2013

REHAB Phase 2: Donjoy, physical therapy

Since my knee's swelling has reduced pretty fast, I'm moving on to phase 2 now. My surgeon prescribed me a super stable carbon brace for the last 2 weeks which was sort of replacing my ACL externally. I have already gotten rid of " Donjoy", as it was called, and am now walking normally. Plus, I'm doing physical therapy 3 times a week to work on my knee's stability. Besides some pain after long working days, it feels almost normal again. I'm sure I will be able to spend some days on the mountain  soon.

Donnerstag, 3. Oktober 2013

REHAB Phase 1: Resting, figuring out therapy

Yes, it happened again. For the third time in 8 years, I have torn my ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament; one of the ligaments that guarantee the stability of you knee). I landed on my feet but on a hyperextended right knee. This and the impact and velocity of sliding down a 12 meter long handrail was enough to violently tear apart the transplant ligament that was drilled into my femur and tibia 6 years ago. Besides that, my medial meniscus (a cartilage cushion that absorbs impacts on your knee) was also damaged a little.
I am still a little bit dumbfounded since I never expected this to happen again. But as they say: 3 is a magic number. So I'm going to take this as a chance to start all over again. And I don't mean that snowboarding-wise. I'm going to try to build up my body from scratch. How I'm going to do that, I have no idea yet.
I'm dividing my recovery in phases. All I know for sure is that now is phase one: Resting, letting the swelling go down and figuring out what to do next. Will I have to go through surgery again? Will I ever be able to do sports again without an aching knee? I don't know.
I'm trying to keep this blog updated about my recovery. Patience is the key to everything now.