Thursday, April 19, 2007

MRI results

So what I actually have is chomdromalacia patella. ("Runners Knee," as opposed to "Jumper's Knee.") Softening and swelling of cartilage between the knee cap and femur. I also have a fairly large Baker cyst as a result of fluid buildup. This is good news, actually, on all sides. It nearly always is recoverable without surgery. Should be better by now than it is, but I have not been known to rest well. I have been told to REST WELL, but overuse only prolongs recovery; it does not usually do further damage.

I am headed out to Anchorage for a work conference and it may be a few days before I post again. I just wanted to leave on a happy note with another picture of sunshine in Juneau, because it may not look like this again for weeks. Have a great weekend all, and Ride Well.


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  2. Hi Jill,
    I had chondromalacia (there is a much simpler, cheaper diagnostic),
    and I don't have any problem now. I did three things you might not like:
    I did leg strengthening exercises with my leg nearly straight (with a leg
    extension machine); I started up riding again pretty gradually; and I
    paid close attention to any pain and discomfort in my knee.

  3. Jill,

    So glad to hear it wasn't something major. I've been following your saga for a while. Hope you get back out there soon.

  4. Good news! Glad it's not too serious.

    Rec'd the bivy parts in the post. Thanks for finding them...I hadn't checked the bag when it got back.


  5. Now be a good girl and actually REST! I look forward to hearing about your new biking adventures.

  6. Jill
    hi... my first time here. Anyway.. I love have passion for alaska.. it's a beautiful place but I have never been there. Would love to go there someday as Alaska is one of the places I really want to visit. Take care.

  7. Glad to hear it, Jill. They always wait forever before finally doing an MRI, but once they do, things move along a lot faster. Take it easy, do some swimming. You're young; you can get back in shape in three weeks, easily.

  8. I hope your knee gets better soon. I enjoy reading your blog.

  9. jill, you forgot to remind me how hilly it is when you get out near the end of the road. rode a little over 60 miles but i feel like i did 100. can't wait 'til your knee gets better so we can cruise out the road together.

  10. Jill,

    Fantastic news.

    Now you can see a path forward that you will enjoy taking.

    Your writing is so intense that I can actually feel your pain.

    I can not imagine what it would be like to be unable to ride every day.


  11. Fantastic. I'm so happy to hear that you're on the road to recovery. Hope you have a great conference and look forward to hearing more about your recuperating efforts as you continue to heal.

  12. sweet!

    have a great weekend..

    peace out, yo!

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  14. Phew!

    Just like that, a positive and encouraging diagnosis. Awesome.

    Now be a good girl and do what you're supposed to (or not as the case may be) and be encourage by all the stories of athletic comebacks after injuries. They are so common it's expected!

  15. I learned what "runner's knee" was - only after I ran on it so long that I could no longer walk. And every time I thought I was better and tried to go for a run.... Well, I think you know!

    Beautiful pictures on your blog!

  16. Jill
    Nice Picture,
    Good Story.

    Jim Somchai

  17. Great pics. Impressed by the latin. The best my wife Florence can manage is lapsus linguae (slip of the tongue).
    Best of luck and hope you get better soon.
    Even 7:15 is like the middle of the night to me!

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  19. That's GREAT news! Hope you have a great weekend too : )


  20. That's good to hear, been following your problem for a while. Here's to a speedy recovery and return to the pedaling.

    Fat Lad

  21. i totally just stumbled upon your blog randomly, and i just wanted to say that i love the town of juneau! i visited there, skagway and ketchikan on a cruise last september. i had an amazing lunch at a restaurant there, at a really nice place! i just cant remember what it is called for the life of me... anyways, i completely enjoyed my expirience in juneau, and the rest of my alaskan visit. also, i know of something that may help your knee. i know of people who have had forms of cancer and other uncurable diseases, and after taking these supplements the signs have decreased dramatically, even dissappeared completely. they are all natural substances, absolutely no chemicals or anything. they simply provide our bodies with the nutrients that we lack from our daily diets...they are amazing!! if you'd be interested in learning more about them, you can contact me at now take care of your knee and get back to that cycling!

  22. I would love to visit Alaska someday. I'm in Louisiana, and I know that in about another month, I'll be wishing that I were living in Alaska.
    Get well. The pictures are gorgeous by the way.

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  24. Hie...

    Greetings from sunny Malaysia..

    Hope u'll get well soon.. Nice pics.. makes me dream of going up there and chill...

  25. Wow.. haven't been to your blog in a couple of months (since shortly after Susitna) but I just got caught up. Glad to hear that you've got a name for your damage now and you've got some ways to get healed. I'm pulling for you in California...

  26. Must be nice to see al the beutiful nature around ...i just read that Russian govermant analize a tunel to unite sibir & alaska with `express` train....i don`t think that is such a good

  27. So nice to see the alaskan sky again!!!!!, nice that i found your blog, i used to live in Unalaska, hope you feel better!!!....

  28. Alaska seems like a really beautiful place. I really enjoy the breathtaking pictures of Alaska on this blog. Cheers.

  29. My first visit here, but I enjoyed it. I hope you heal well and quickly.
    FYI: Found your site from Blogger's Blogs Of Note.

  30. Sorry, Jill. Research, research, research. This can mean a major difference. Learn to love the mayo clinic's site.

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  32. It been many years since I spent a little time in Alaska--Fairbanks area. It was a beautiful place but I missed my fast-food. I also couldn't get quite comfortable with those bears in the trash dumpster. Great site; great photos. Challenge the minds of your young folks at YouthPlay.

  33. Let's hope the healing goes smoothly!
    And by the way, i really like your pictures.

  34. Good news! Great to hear, Jill!


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