Last Monday Zach went to see his orthopedist again to find out the results of the MRI. Like we figured- it wasn’t good. What the MRI showed was a torn ligament, cartilage damage with a bone fragment near the cartilage and a slight fracture of the kneecap. Zach’s knees are still pretty swollen but the swelling is gradually coming down so his doctor made the decision to not drain his knee at this time. The needle being poked into the knee can introduce infection so for the time being, we are not doing it. The MRI was also able to tell us more about the groove under his kneecap. It was just as shallow (or nonexistent) as she initially thought. She said most people’s kneecaps when bent do not move around much. Zach’s however is like a hockey puck on ice. He will just keep dislocating it if something isn’t done about it. His doctor wrote a referral to see Dr. Arndt and they called today. Initially they didn’t have an opening until mid August but Zach’s doctor called and pled his case and it looks like we might be able to get in as early as May 24th. They will call back to verify that appointment. I went over to the place where Zach got his MRI to get a disc to bring with us to the appointment. The secretary asked what the doctor had said about his knee. When I told her she shook her head and said “I knew when I was typing up the report it wasn’t good. In fact I thought- kid, take it easy next time!” (yeah right, like that’s going to happen!)
Physical therapy started today and the first session went pretty good. He still can’t get his quad muscle to fire without the help of the little muscle zapper they attach to him but he was given three different exercises to work on at home twice a day and hopefully soon we will see progress.