My last blog post started with a morning spent inside a MRI scanner followed by a little outdoor activity, albeit not including any mountains! Since that blog post, my knee troubles have stayed on a steady plane, not getting any worse but certainly not getting any better!
At my post scan consultation I was certain I would be told about another meniscal tear and how surgery would solve the issue…. I was right about the second part but not the first…. Apparently the fragments that showed up on the X ray and subsequent MRI findings pointed to pieces of bone (and cartilage) floating around in my knee and defects in my femoral Condyle. A condition called OCD! (not that OCD though! (OsteoChrondritis Dissecans !). Probably better explained by following this link-
So I am currently waiting on a date for surgery, however although I am not able to go into the hills, my requirement for outdoor adventure (or should that be an OCD addiction!) is currently being satisfied by my kayak.
Last week we had a morning free so we headed to the shores of Loch Lubnaig in the Trossachs. The weather was to be cloudy but more importantly for the loch – no or little wind. This indeed turned out to be the case and an inky black mirror awaited us as we unloaded the cars and fought through the midge to get the boats on the water.
This therapeutic intervention was exactly what the doctor had ordered! A fine paddle to the northern shore saw us taking in the fish rising as well as a magnificent Osprey who was also taking an interest in the fish rising! A couple of Highland Coos were also taking an interest in our activities (them horns really are quite big!).
The surrounding mountain tops were hiding behind some low cloud today but the outdoor fix was satisfied. Given that I could be out of action until Christmas (dependent on how the surgery progresses) I am very glad to be able to utilise these boats, however I am not sure how long they will substitute for the high tops -…perhaps my other OCD (Obsessive compulsive Disorder;)) for the high wild places will remain subdued by the Scupper Pro ;)…. Time will tell….
Some thoughts and reports from my outdoors activties...