ACL tear #2
A few weeks after high school graduation, Megan was playing in a softball tournament when the unthinkable happened.
“I was tagging up on third and as I went to run home, I felt a ‘pop,’” she described. This time it was her left knee. “I looked up at my mom and said, ‘I think I did it again.’”
Megan finished that game, but as she was warming up the next day, she bent over to pick up the ball and felt another “pop.” That was it.
“I emailed Michael immediately to see what he thought I should do,” Megan said.
“My heart just sank when I saw that email from Megan,” Michael said. “I told her to come by as soon as she could. I was afraid she had torn her other ACL.”
After examining her left knee, Michael sent her back to see Dr. Pacicca, who ordered an MRI to assess the possible damage.
“As soon as I saw that my results were on the patient portal, I logged in and read the report,” Megan said. “It said I had torn my left ACL. I just balled my eyes out.”
Though Megan was disappointed with the results, she knew what she was facing if she wanted to play ball again—another surgery and several more months of rehab, but there was some good news.
“I didn’t damage my meniscus this time, so that has made my recovery easier compared to what I had already been through,” Megan said.
Still, it hasn’t been easy.
“Megan was supposed to be starting her freshman year playing college ball,” Michael said. “It was a lot to handle for such a young, active athlete, but she has stayed positive.”
“I knew the routine,” Megan said. “I knew I could do this. I was just irritated that it happened. It is what it is. There’s nothing I can do about it, except get better.”