Ligaments, Cartilage, Careers…Oh My!
I think I must lead a charmed life or something. Because I’ve had my share of knee injuries, all requiring surgery. And they’ve always happened shortly before or after a major job change.
Case in point:
Finishing off my Masters. One of the profs asks me to see him in his office.
Out of the blue, he offers me a sweet three-year contract as a full-time researcher (with salary and benefits). I’m stunned, and I go home for the weekend to tell my folks the good news.
This was Friday. Sunday I’m in a fun ski-race. I wipe out, tear my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). As a bonus, I tear some cartilage as well.
Long story short: major surgery, and months of physio. I continue my Masters on crutches and my new job’s starting date is delayed by several months.
Fast forward to when I just finished my PhD and started working full-time. I’ve only been with my new company for six weeks.
I join the company soccer team. Play the first exhibition game. Someone kicks me.
I tear my other ACL. More major surgery and physio. I eventually miss 5 weeks of work.
I’m on a ski vacation visiting my parents out West. On the first morning of the first day, I seriously wipe out.
I tear my ACL again…for the third time. (Seriously…you have GOT to be shitting me!)
Coincidentally I’m laid off three months later.
I finally get the surgery to fix my knee from 11 months ago. It’s the repair of the repair.
My recovery and physio delays the starting date of my new brand-new job by several weeks.
Déja vu all over again.
My job contract is ending and it won’t be renewed. Looks like I’ll be out of work at the end of next month.
I happen to be walking in the woods with my friend and his kids. My knee bends the wrong way, and goes POP!
I tore cartilage. Just like that.
Why doesn’t this surprise me?
I finally get the surgery to fix my knee from 15 months ago.
Oh, and my surgery delays the starting date of my second brand-new job by several weeks.
Definitely there’s a pattern here…
Sharp pains in my knee for the past 5 weeks. I think I might have pulled it somehow…God, I hope it’s not cartilage. I might have to go see my doctor.
Hmmmm…does this mean I need to go polish up my c.v.?