December 29, 2008

Christmas ramblings and Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and will have a happy, healthy 2009! Speaking of health, I thought I'd update everyone on my knee. It has been very frustrating but it won't be long and I will be getting a brand new one! My right knee has been operated on 11 times since I first hurt it in college back in 1976, needless to say the knee is not good and is riddled with arthritis.

I went in for arthroscopic surgery to clean out the knee on November 17th hoping to get a few more years out of it. Unfortunately, my knee became badly infected and I had to be taken back into surgery, after surgery I was hooked up with a Pic Line and had to feed myself heavy duty antibiotics for three weeks, the good news is the infection has been taken care of but it really did a number on my joint. I went to another doctor for a second opinion and everyone agrees the only thing left to do is a total knee replacement.

As of today, I can't walk without using a cane or crutches so the idea of getting a new knee that will enable me to walk again without a cane sounds great! My surgery is scheduled for January 14th. I've heard the rehab part of it after surgery is a tough one but I'm up for the challenge! Most doctors recommend you not run after a total knee replacement, I know I will have to cut way back, but I hope to get back to where I can run a few miles a week and then get most of my "aerobic fix" from cycling. I will keep everyone posted on how things are going!

Take care and have a great 2009!

6 comments:

HarryG said...

Hi Dick,

Good luck on your knee.

I heard you speak at the ING GA marathon Expo March 2008. I ran my first marathon in October of 2008. THANKS!

Keep up the good work with your speaking!!!

Jason Pyles said...

I'll be praying for a successful surgery/recovery for you..take care!

wojtek said...

Dick ,
We talked a bit about Polish marathoners ( esp. Marczak )and you were kind enough to have a photo with me
http://bieganie.pl/forum/viewtopic.php?p=155989&sid=53247008ba828eefd44f85d04d9c60fb

I am glad to see your videos on Youtube ( I left comments ) .

I hope you will find some time for an interview with Polish website for runners , Bieganie.pl.

Good luck with your surgery !
There were bigger obstacles you overcame in your life

Peter Lubbers said...

Dick:
All the best with the surgery. I hope it goes well!
And if you get tired of cycling, there's always the snow shovel ;-)

Jen Kelly said...

Hi Dick,

After a few months, I am sure this will be just another chapter in the amazing saga of Dick Beardsley, but it must be tough. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Love,
Jen Kelly
NB sales rep for IL/WI

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